This year’s race to become a Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board member will have five residents running to earn one of the three open positions.
This year’s pool of candidates consists of two current interim board members in Torri Anderson and Leslie Carlyle-Burnett, one former board member in Tim White, current Maricopa City Council member and Maricopa Chamber of Commerce treasurer Leon Potter, and City of Maricopa public safety personal retirement system committee Veronica Gay. Gay also works for the City of Phoenix as the customer service division lead.
Of the five candidates on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election, only Anderson filled out the forms to spend more than $500 to fund her campaign.
Those five candidates are vying for the spots vacated by Geoff Goddard, Lori Glenn and Carrie Vargas, who were elected in 2008 but all resigned during the course of their terms: Glenn resigned in October 2010, Vargas in July 2011 and Goddard in December 2011. Pinal County superintendent Orlenda Roberts selected Anderson and Carlyle-Burnett to complete Glenn and Goddard’s terms, respectively, while Jim Irving, who did not seek re-election, was tabbed as Vargas’ replacement.
The three candidates who come out on top will join board president Scott Bartle and board member Patti Coutré, who were elected in 2010.
Check back with the Monitor after the primary election for a profile on all five candidates running for office.
The County also seeks residents of Stanfield to apply to become write-in candidates for the Stanfield Elementary School District Governing Board, which has three vacant seats but only one person – incumbent Olivia Rodriguez – on the ballot. People interested in becoming a write-in candidate can contact chief deputy Tonya Taylor at (520) 866-6579 and have until Aug. 22 to fill out a nomination paper and the $500 threshold exemption form.