Normandin gains endorsements as Election Day draws close

Carol Normandin’s volunteer campaign manager, Robin Walker, announced this week that their website has received over 100 individual endorsements for Normandin’s election to the LBUSD School Board. “We are proud to have support from all quarters of the community,” Walker said. “It reflects Carol’s ability to lead, her track record of dedication to our children, and her demonstrated history of keeping the best interests of our students close to her heart.” 

Carol’s endorsements include Wendy and Brent Martini, Holly and David Wilson, Jeff and Suzy Elghanayan, current Mayor Pro Tem and former school board member Bob Whalen, current and past school board members such as El Hathaway, Tim Carlyle and Betsy Jenkins, and many community leaders such as Michael Pinto, Peter Kote, Peter Barker, Kelly and Willis Boyd, Bree Burgess Rosen, Lisa and Gary Arthur, Kim and Ari Novick, Terrell Anansi, Anne Johnson and many others at 

On the website, Normandin’s endorsers shared comments regarding their support. “I’m always so impressed with how deeply Carol cares for education,” wrote Thurston teacher Carl Nelson. “As a teacher, I could talk shop with her for hours! So supportive, passionate and very knowledgeable about education, she wants the very best for our students.” 

Parent Karin Riches shared, “In the ten years I have known Carol, she has impressed me with her sharp intellect, high energy, efficiency, integrity, and pure devotion to promoting our kids’ happiness and achievement. Her advocacy on our school board will be a tremendous gift to Laguna Beach students.” 

Carol volunteered for over eight years with SchoolPower and was Vice President of the Community Campaign raising millions of dollars for the district. Tom Koch said, “I had the good fortune to work with Carol when I was President of SchoolPower. She always brought her ‘A’ game. She is a tireless supporter of kids and education. Carol would be a tremendous asset to the school board.”

In addition to campaign manager Walker, over 20 parents from the community have volunteered on Normandin’s campaign distributing signs and flyers, hosting events, and working on social media. “As soon as I heard Carol was running for school board, I signed up to help in anyway I could,” said Christine Fugate. “Carol Normandin is by far the most knowledgeable person I know about the Laguna Beach school system. I have complete faith in her as my representative.” 

Prior to becoming a full-time parent and volunteer, Carol owned an executive search firm and worked as an executive recruiter for over fifteen years. In her campaign, she has stressed her desire to help the district adopt policies to better hire and retain personnel, her dedication to transparency and communication, and her past commitment and connection to the schools, teachers and students of Laguna Beach.

Carol lives at Top of the World with her husband, Ken Parker, three children and Storm, the family dog. 

Since 2005, their children have attended Laguna Beach schools with one child currently at Top of the World Elementary and one at Thurston Middle School.