Tucson Unified School District Governing Board President Adelita Grijalva is not running for re-election on their School Board after serving 5 terms (20 years). Featured photo is of Adelita, who was elected to the Pima County Board of Supervisors for District 5 in 2020. Also not running for re-election after one term is educator Leila Counts.
Other board members currently sitting are Clerk Natalie Luna Rose (Communications mgr. at AZ Center for Disability Law), Dr. Ravi Shah (executive director of SAAF), and Sadie Shaw (teacher/artist). All of these remaining board members were elected in Nov. 2020.
There are six candidates running in the General Election 2022 on this Board for these 2 open seats (non partisan, volunteer positions):
Brieanna Chillious, Children’s librarian, Pima County Public Library
Brie Chillious for TUSD Governing Board (facebook.com)
Jennifer Eckstrom, former Mayor & Councilmember of South Tucson & Chief of Staff for D 2 Pima County Supervisor Ramon Valadez; daughter of former Pima County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom (District 2)
Luis A. Gonzales, former State Senator & Pima Community College Governing Bd. member (District 5)
Luis A. Gonzales is running for the Governing Board of TUSD (gonzales4tusd.com)
Val Romero, businessman, ran as Independent candidate for Ward 6 Council in Nov. 2021
Vote Val Romero for Tucson (facebook.com)
William Soland, attorney, Pima County Public Defender‘s office
William R. Soland for TUSD School Board (facebook.com)
Rebecca Zapien, community liaison, UA College of Education
Zapien for TUSD (zapien4tusd.com)
Stay tuned for any candidate forums for these 6 running for the 2 open seats. And congratulations to Adelita for serving 2 decades on this sometimes contentious board. Vote wisely on or before Nov 8, 2022.
TUSD Governing Board forum held last night at YWCA hosted by LWVGT. The video (hour/half) is on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/lwvgreatertucson. All 6 candidates participated so the voters can decide wisely for 2 open seats.
First TUSD candidate forum hosted by LWVGT coming up on Sept. 22 at the YWCA of Southern AZ: https://blogforarizona.net/event/lwvgt-candidate-forum-for-tusd-governing-board-candidates/