There are 3 vacancies this year for the Tucson Unifed School District Governing Board and 12 people have filed petitions to run for these seats. Incumbents Miguel Cuevas, Dr. Mark Stegeman, and Dr. Alex Sugiyama are seeking election for these non-partisan, volunteer positions. Stegeman and Cuevas were elected four years ago, and Sugiyama (no relation to me though I have the same maiden name) was appointed on December 30 following the untimely death of long term Board member Judy Burns in October, 2011.
Petition deadline for nominations was today at 5 p.m. and here’s who has filed (but subject to challenges in court by August 22):
–Menelik Bakari, retired teacher, Doolen Middle School
–Debe Campos-Fleenor, Allstate insurance agent
–Don Cotton, retired postal worker, owner of online printing business
–Miguel Cuevas, current Board member & President; Project Coach at AFNI
–Ralph Ellinwood, attorney (criminal law)
–Kristel Foster, former UA clinical assistant professor in education (3 years), program specialist at Sunnyside School District language acquisition dept.
–John Hunnicut, husband of blogger Loretta of “Arizona Daily Independent”, businessman/owner of Philanthropy and Paytran
–Cam Juarez, neighborhood reinvestment project coordinator
–Robert Medler, VP of Government Affairs, Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce
–Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, teacher & activist
–Mark Stegeman, UA associate professor of economics, current board member & former President
–Alex Sugiyama, UA lecturer of economics, current board member
The other two TUSD board members Adelita Grijalva (daughter of CD 7 Congressman Raul Grijalva) and Clerk Michael Hicks are up for re-election in 2014. Info on the current school board, click here.
Stay tuned for the official list of who’s actually officially running in the November 6 General election– after August 22. For more deadline info and # of petition signatures obtained by these candidates, go to the Pima County School Superintendent webpage (click here).