The Vacaville Unified School District Board of Trustees used an extensive one-night vetting process to determine who would fill its vacant seat. It worked well with retired Vacaville Deputy Fire Chief John Jansen earning the appointment.
It was the right decision to make. There would have been no benefit to a special election. That process could have cost the district an estimated $600,000 and another election would have been necessary again in just a few years.
Doing it this way may have potentially increased the number of candidates as well. It was a good strong field this time and worthy candidates may have skipped out on an extensive election process because of the personal cost and time needed to run a campaign.