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.