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SOSAZ Congratulates the 2022 Public School Proud School Board Candidates

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At Save Our Schools Arizona, we know that strong public schools build a strong state. 

School boards play a vitally important role in their districts and communities. A well-run school board sets a vision for quality education, then plays a leadership role in the community to transform that vision into reality. This November 8, Arizona voters must elect school board candidates who fully prioritize public education.

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This listing is alphabetical by school district, then by candidate's last name.

Candidate

District

Cathleen M O'Neil Frantz

Alhambra Elementary

Mathew Nevarez

Alhambra Elementary

Manuel Oropeza

Alhambra Elementary

Matt Kopec

Amphitheater Public Schools

Todd Schwarz

Balsz School District

Christina Eichelkraut

Balsz School District

Jesse Chanley

Blue Ridge Unified

Laurie Wathogoma

Camp Verde Unified

Wendy J Maldonado Orellana

Cartwright Elementary

Cynthia Cummens

Cave Creek Unified

Brian Bunkers

Cave Creek Unified

Crystal Markowsky

Chandler Unified

Patti Serrano

Chandler Unified

Marilou Estes

Chandler Unified

Dave Perey

Chino Valley Unified

Haryaksha Baba Gregor Knauer

Chino Valley Unified

Katie Gipson McLean

Creighton Elementary

Sophia Carrillo Dahl

Creighton Elementary

Stephanie Simacek

Deer Valley Unified

Craig Beckman

Deer Valley Unified

Tina Mollica

Dysart Unified

T. William Coniam

Dysart Unified

Kristine Pavlik

Flagstaff Unified

Erik Sather

Flagstaff Unified

Jennifer Hilsbos

Florence Unified

Lillian Grace Acker

Fountain Hills Unified

Jill Humpherys

Gilbert Public Schools

Jesse Brainard

Gilbert Public Schools

Hector Jaramillo

Glendale Elementary

Kevin Walsh

Kyrene School District

Triné Nelson

Kyrene School District

Fern Ward

Laveen Elementary

Kimberly Hill

Litchfield Elementary

Markus Ceniceros

Littleton Elementary

Amy Soucinek

Littleton Elementary

Christine M. Thompson

Madison Elementary

Mitra Khazai

Madison Elementary

Abbie Hlavacek

Marana Unified

Kathryn Mikronis

Marana Unified

Vivian Perry

Mayer Unified

Jacob Martinez

Mesa Unified School District

Marcie Hutchinson

Mesa Unified School District

Donna Pedota

Oracle Elementary

Wendy Odell

Oracle Elementary

Leanne Greenberg

Osborn Elementary

Juan Carlos Flamand

Osborn Elementary

Kerry Baker

Paradise Valley Unified

Tony Pantera

Paradise Valley Unified

Susan Matura

Paradise Valley Unified

Susan Serin

Pendergast Elementary

Karri Starkman

Peoria Unified

Melissa Ewing

Peoria Unified

Naketa Ross

Phoenix Union High School - Ward 1

Signa Renee Oliver

Phoenix Union High School - Ward 2

Charles Lucking

Phoenix Union High School - Ward 3

Stephanie Parra

Phoenix Union High School - Ward 3

Ceyshe Napa

Phoenix Union High School - Ward 4

Jennifer Hernandez

Phoenix Union High School - Ward 5

Diane Boman

Prescott Unified

John Hays

Santa Cruz Valley Unified

Robb Vaules

Scottsdale Unified

Mary Gaudio

Scottsdale Unified

Karen L McClelland

Sedona-Oak Creek Unified

Ray Thiry

Tempe Elementary

Charlotte Winsor

Tempe Elementary

Andres Adan Barraza

Tempe Union High School

Ismael Osuna

Tempe Union High School

Amanda Steele

Tempe Union High School

Stephan Kingsley

Tempe Union High School

Emilio Avila

Tolleson Union High School

Dr. Elda Luna-Najera

Tolleson Union High School

Leezah Sun

Tolleson Union High School

Jennifer Eckstrom

Tucson Unified

Kyle Clayton

Washington Elementary

Tamillia Valenzuela

Washington Elementary


Each SOSAZ #PublicSchoolProud school board candidate has pledged to:

  • Acknowledge their role as an advocate for public education beyond school board meetings to parents, educators, community members and state policymakers

  • Advocate for the Arizona Legislature to increase permanent, dedicated funds for K-12 schools

  • Oppose the diversion of any portion of their district's funding to for-profit models, including (but not limited to) charter co-location, private transportation grants, microschools, and private school vouchers

  • Affirm any public resolution, if it becomes available to school boards, opposing the expansion of ESA private school vouchers

  • Advocate for diversity and inclusivity in district policies voted upon by the school board, including but not limited to employee training and student interest groups

  • Vote to follow public health guidance, such as from the CDC and AZDHS, regarding evidence-based mitigation measures such as mask requirements, to protect students from COVID-19 transmission and keep them learning in person

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Statewide Races

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School Board Candidates

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