Both seats will be up for reelection on the Nov 8 General Election

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Unified School District (TUSD) is gearing up for the general election on Tuesday, Nov 8. Two seats that are both four-year terms on the governing board are open to be filled, and a total of six candidates are vying for the job. 

The two open seats on the five-person TUSD governing board will be left by current board members Matt Vierra, who has been on the board since 2018, and Jan Nimick, who has been a part of the TUSD governing board since 2016.  

The election to fill the two open TUSD seats will continue with at-large voting in 2022. Meaning that anyone of voting age living inside the Templeton School District will be able to vote for their candidate of choice. 


The same goes for the Atascadero Unified School District. In contrast, the Paso Robles Unified School District has adopted by-trustee voting for the 2022 elections.

The candidates running for the TUSD governing board are:

Janel Armet, a mother and businesswoman who filed her candidate statement on Aug 12, 2022.

Matt Allison, also a parent and business person who filed his candidate statement on Aug 10.

Fiona Bond, a local parent, and horticulturist who did not file her candidate statement. 

Jay L. Raftery, Jr., an attorney who filed his candidate statement on Aug 11.

Jason Tesarz, a parent and engineer who filed their candidate statement on Aug 12.

Jennifer Grinager, also a parent and a therapist who filed her candidate statement on Jul 29.

All six candidates will be on Templeton residents’ Election Ballots come November or when their mail-in ballots appear in their mailboxes that were sent out last week. 

Where to Vote 

Residents may drop off vote-by-mail ballots at any Official Drop Box (visit for locations) starting Oct 11, or on Election Day at any Polling Place location from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents may also return ballots by mail as long as it is postmarked by Election Day (Nov 8).

If you prefer to vote in person, please visit your assigned Polling Place location on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov 8) between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Assigned Polling Place locations are printed on your vote-by-mail ballot stub. If one is unable to bring their vote-by-mail ballot in to surrender, the precinct worker must contact the elections office to void your outstanding vote-by-mail ballot before issuing you a polling place ballot. If you do not go to your assigned Polling Place, your name will not appear on the roster and you will be required to vote a Provisional Ballot.

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