Democrats of Greater Tucson – DGT (www.tucsondemocrats.org) is hosting a forum for Democrats running for the TUSD Governing Board in the General Election of Nov. 2014. 9 candidates are seeking two seats on the board, currently held by incumbents President Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks.
Speaking on Monday September 15, at 12 noon at Dragon’s View restaurant, 400 N. Bonita Ave. are registered Democrats: Rene Bernal, Don Cotton, Jen Darland, Adelita Grijalva, and Betts Putnam-Hidalgo. Also invited but not attending: Miguel Cuevas (former TUSD school board member) and Francis Saitta.
Although this is a non-partisan race, the 9 candidates’ political party registration is known in the community. Candidates Michael Hicks and Debe Campos-Fleenor have been speaking at the Pima County Republican Club, and are listed on the candidate page of the Pima County Republican Party, www.pimagop.org.
Bd. member and President Adelita Grijalva has been endorsed by the Tucson Education Assn. and the Tucson Metro Chamber. Political newcomer Jen Darland was also endorsed by the latter group. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) is also supporting Grijalva and Darland.
Current TUSD Board member Mark Stegeman (now registered as an Independent, formerly a Democrat) is supporting fellow board member Michael Hicks and candidate Debe Campos-Fleenor, an insurance agent.
Democratic Board member Kristel Foster is supporting fellow board member Adelita Grijalva and parent activist Jen Darland. Her fellow Democratic board member Cam Juarez is also supporting incumbent Grijalva, who is not endorsing anyone else in this race. Adelita Grijalva is the one of the daughters of CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva.
Republican incumbent board member Michael Hicks is campaigning for re-election and also endorsing fellow Republican Campos-Fleenor.
More on these candidates (with campaign websites) at my earlier post:
A TUSD Governing Board forum will be held on September 29, 6:30 p.m. at Palo Verde High School. Go to our Blog for AZ Calendar for more information. 8 of the 9 candidates will be attending, with Francis Saitta declining.
Vote wisely on or before November 4, 2014.