The Final Slate: TUSD School Board Candidates

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H/T to Blog for Arizona's Carolyn Classen on the nine people who met Wednesday's 5 p.m. filing deadline for Tucson Unified School District's governing board.

The candidates for the Nov. 4 election, including incumbents Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks, according to Classen:

Rene Bernal , applied software engineer at Honeywell, political newcomer

Debe Campos-Fleenor, owner of financial/ insurance agency, ran before in 2012

Don Cotton, self-employed businessman, ran before in 2012, father of 2 TuSD students

Miguel Cuevas, former TUSD board member, elected in 2008, lost in 2012 (came in 4th for 3 seats, out of a pool of 12 candidates), project coach at AFNI, www.votemiguelcuevas.com

Jenifer Darland, policical newcomer, community activist, mother of 2 TUSD children, www. darlandfortusd.com, https://www.facebook.com/DarlandforTUSD

Adelita Grijalva, current board member and President, has served since 2004, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adelita-Grijalva-for-TUSD-School-Board/130007817047419, daughter of CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva, mother of 2 TUSD students

Michael Hicks, current board member, elected in 2010, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Hicks-for-2014-TUSD-School-Board-Member/112861325429566, father of 2 TUSD students

Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, community activist & part time teacher, ran before in 2012, mother of son at TUSD school, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stand-with-betts-for-TUSD/204287006336384

Francis Saitta, Pima Community College adjunct math/ science teacher, ran unsuccessfully for PCC Governing Bd. in 2012

Want to know more about the candidates and ask them questions? The Racial Justice Team at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church is hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:30to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mark's, 3809 E. 3rd St.

The Weekly is planning coverage for this particular election. Some of the candidates maybe familiar to our readers, as they ran in the 2012 election, a contentious race with 12 candidates on the ballot, including three incumbents. Read that story here.

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