Pima County Elections Division finally finished up tallying the provisional and early ballots for the 2014 General Election. Here’s the final count for the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) governing board race, which was a 9 way race for 2 nonpartisan seats.
Long term incumbent Adelita Grijalva has prevailed and had been leading since election night (November 4, 2014). The results for the 2nd seat has been close as indicated by the final tally, with incumbent Micheal Hicks winning re-election by 517 votes.
Newcomer Jen Darland (parent/activist) who came in 3rd had received many union endorsements (including Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce) and from the Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Weekly newspapers.
Candidate Miguel Cuevas served one term on the board and was defeated in 2012. This was the 2nd try for candidates Campos-Fleenor, Cotton, Putnam-Hidalgo who ran before for one of three seats in 2012.
Rene Bernal 15,424 8.75%
Debe Campos-Fleenor 17, 647 10.01%
Don Cotton 18,944 10.74%
Miguel Cuevas 11,581 6.57%
Jen Darland 28, 191 15.99%
Adelita Grijalva, incumbent 34, 347 19.48%
Michael Hicks, incumbent 28,708 16.28%
Betts Putnam-Hidalgo 16, 927 9.6%
Francis Saitta 3952 2.24%
Incumbents Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks will serve for another 4 years.
The three other TUSD board members Kristel Foster, Cam Juarez and Dr. Mark Stegeman are up for re-election in 2016.