Maria Inés Taracena
"At the end of the day, you have your beliefs and nothing is going to shut you down," Dustin Williams told the Weekly a couple of weeks ago, while hanging out at the UA. "You have to believe that you can make a difference, you have to believe it in your soul."
Tucson Unified School District teacher Dustin Williams
, one of three hopeful candidates for Pima County superintendent of schools, says he has collected more than the required minimum of signatures to get on the ballot.
In an email, Williams, a Democrat, says his campaign has gathered 1,003 signatures thus far. This election, the county asks Democrats seeking a countywide position to collect at least 848. Signatures are due June 1.
The journey is only beginning with our goal of tripling the minimum number required. We are also collecting donations, canvassing, and meeting with several members of the community on a weekly basis. I'm asking for your support.
Williams teaches 6th-grade math at Mansfeld Middle School, and says that if he is elected he will make it his goal to visit every school district, classroom and meet students, teachers and administrators countywide. We talked to him a couple of weeks ago, read.
Two other candidates are interested in the county schools superintendent position: retired teacher Michael Gordy (read more about Gordy, here), a Democrat and former president of the Tucson Education Association—a teachers' union—and Vail Unified School District Board President Margaret Burkholder (read more about Burkholder, here), a self-described moderate Republican who ran for City Council's Ward 4 seat last year but lost to Democratic incumbent Shirley Scott.
Pima County Superintendent of Schools Linda Arzoumanian has been in office since 1999. She's retiring at the end of this term, which would be her fourth.
(We sat down with her at her office and will post the outcome, as well as more information on the position, next week.)
The primary election is Aug. 30, and the general election is Nov. 8.