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    Meet Election Candidates: John Kindle for Albany School Board

    John Kindle, parent of an Albany eighth-grader, is running for Albany School Board for the second time. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

    John Kindle doesn’t print any signs for his campaign this year, although he is running for Albany School Board. He is reusing the signs printed in the election he lost two years ago.

    “I am a big believer in recycling, ” Kindle said.

    One of Kindle’s campaign goals is to make Albany schools use containers that can be recycled or composted.

    Parent of an eight-grader, Kindle has been active in school and community groups for a number of years. He used to be President of Ocean View PTA, member of Albany Park and Recreation Commission, and is currently Secretary of Albany Middle School PTA.

    He is also one of the most persistent people in the audience of school board meetings.

    “I know what’s going on in the district,” Kindle said. “I think I have a better attendance record than some of the board members. “

    Watch a 2-minute video message from him on his campaign ideas:

    Kindle works as an Animal Control Officer for the City of Berkeley. Born and growing up in a working-class family in Sacramento, he got his first job at 14, feeding and cleaning animals for a vet clinic. 

    He moved to San Francisco in his twenties and met his gay partner there. They settled down in Albany with a three-year-old son in late 1990s.

    “We’ve been together for 18 years, ” Kindle said. “Just like other families in the community, our life is about working and raising family.”

    He enjoys the diversity of Albany. He is proud that his son has classmates and friends from all over the world, such as South Korea and Lebanon. He started shopping at an Asian supermarket when his son asked to have seaweed in his meal as some of his friends have.

    However,  anonymous leaflets were handed out at homes near Albany Middle School a few weeks ago, accusing Kindle of child-molesting.

    The Albany Police investigated the incident and found the accusation groundless. But it’s unclear who distributed the flyers.

    Kindle was shocked at the attack. But he said it didn’t give him negative feelings about the community. Many people have called to express their outrage at the flyers  and support for him.

    “I wouldn’t feel bad about a wonderful community just because of a random bad person, ” Kindle said.

    Kindle has got endorsements from School Board Member David Glasser,  City Councilmember Jewel Okawachi, former Albany Mayor Peggy Thomsen, and a dozen other members of the community.

    He could be reached by email kindlealbany@aol.com, or phone 510-524-4932.

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