The Sunnyside Unified School District recall election against two Governing Board members will take place on May 20.

Linda Arzoumanian, Pima County school superintendent, issued an order Friday for the election to recall Sunnyside Governing Board President Louie Gonzales and board member Bobby Garcia.

Candidates running against the pair have to identify which one they are trying to unseat, and the top vote getter in each race will claim that seat.

The election order was issued a week after the Pima County Recorder’s Office certified signatures collected by a group that wants to get rid of the two board members.

Arzoumanian ordered the election, which will cost about $98,000, to be conducted by mail, according to the county School Superintendent’s Office.

The estimated cost of the election is based on a 30 percent voter turnout.

Gonzales and Garcia’s names will automatically appear on the ballot, along with any other candidates who successfully file petitions for the election.

Potential candidates will have to collect a minimum of 108 signatures to qualify for the ballot.

The filing period will last from Feb. 19 to March 21.

No one has stepped forward to run against the two board members, although the recall group that collected signatures is scheduled to meet 2 p.m. Sunday at the Valencia Branch Library, 202 W. Valencia Road, to discuss potential candidates.

The recall group started collecting names last summer after Garcia, Gonzales and board member Eva Carrillo Dong voted to extend the contract of embattled Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo.

The contract extension drew the ire of many district residents, parents and some employees, who have criticized Isquierdo on his leadership and for a litany of personal and legal problems.

Those problems include unpaid taxes, filing for bankruptcy and a driver’s license suspension.

Two of his biggest critics have been board members Buck Crouch and Daniel Hernandez Jr.

The recall group handed over more than 2,100 signatures each for Gonzales and Garcia in November.

The Recorder’s Office whittled the signatures down to 1,455 for Gonzales and 1,417 for Garcia, which still left more than enough to force the election.

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at or 573-4242. On Twitter: @JamarYounger