Voters Could Recall Temecula Valley’s School Board President Today

A recall election is taking place Tuesday, June 4 against Temecula Valley Unified School Board President Joseph Komrosky. The outcome could be a foreshadowing for California’s education culture wars.

Komrosky was elected to the Area 4 seat in 2022. Under his leadership, the board has pursued a laundry list of conservative policies, including a ban on critical race theory, a parental notification policy for trans students, and an ill-fated attempt to ban a state-approved social studies textbook. During the debate over the social studies curriculum, Komrosky made headlines for referring to the late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk as a “pedophile.”

Komrosky’s critics accuse him of politicizing education matters and bringing unnecessary drama to TVUSD. Komrosky says he’s protecting the innocence of children and standing up for the rights of parents in his district.

The recall, led by One Temecula Valley, is part of a larger effort by progressives and moderate Democrats to reclaim school board policy. Two right-wing trustees at Orange Unified — Rick Ledesma and Madison Miner — were booted from office in March. Next month, voters will decide whether to recall two members of the Sunol Glen Unified School Board who voted to ban most flags on school property. 

In addition, three TVUSD seats are on the ballot this November. Tuesday’s election could tell us a lot about how those races will turn out.