The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved the cancellation of uncontested school-board elections in a dozen school districts Tuesday.
The unanimous vote will save school districts a combined $247,000. The candidates who applied - all of whom have met nomination requirements - have been appointed to their respective seats by the Board of Supervisors.
The cancellations affect the following school districts: Ajo, Altar Valley Elementary, Amphitheater, Baboquivari, Catalina Foothills, Continental Elementary, Empire Elementary, Flowing Wells, Pima County JTED, Redington Elementary, San Fernando Elementary, and Tanque Verde.
Tuesday's vote leaves contested board races in only five school districts in November: Tucson Unified, Sunnyside, Marana, Vail and Sahuarita. The Pima Community College board also has contested races.
State law allows supervisors to cancel a school board election if the number of people filing is equivalent to the number of seats available.
All of the candidates who were appointed Tuesday are fully vested with the powers and duties of the office as if they were elected to that office, according to the law.
In addition to canceling the school-board races, the Board of Supervisors approved the cancellation of 14 uncontested board elections for fire and health special districts, saving the respective districts nearly $250,000 combined, said Supervisor Richard Elías.
The special districts included in the cancellation are Arivaca Fire District, Avra Valley Fire District, Drexel Heights Fire District, Golder Ranch Fire District, Hidden Valley Fire District, Mescal-J6 Fire District, Mount Lemmon Fire District, Northwest Fire District, Rincon Valley Fire District, Tanque Verde Valley Fire District, Three Points Fire District, Tucson Country Club Estates Fire District, Why Fire District, and Ajo/Lukeville Health District.
Those who submitted nominating petitions for those districts were appointed to their respective boards.
Candidates who were appointed
Canceled school-board races, and the candidates who have been appointed to fill the seats:
• Ajo Unified School District (two seats): Incumbents John F. Byrnes and Rose Frances Cameron.
• Altar Valley Elementary School District (three seats): Incumbents W. John Williams, Robert K. Ethridge and Sharon I. Nicholas.
• Amphitheater Public Schools (three seats): Julie Cozad, Deanna Day and incumbent Kent Barrabee.
• Baboquivari Unified School District (three seats): Ella Mae Greasewood, Marlene Gonzales and incumbent Sara Mae Williams who was appointed to a two-year term.
• Catalina Foothills Unified School District (two seats): Incumbent Carole Siegler and Eileen Jackson.
• Continental Elementary School District (three seats): Incumbent William McNarie, Ruth Bennett and Andrew McGibbon.
• Empire Elementary School District (one seat): Wayne Pruett.
• Flowing Wells Unified School District (three seats): Incumbents Thomas S. Jacobs, Jeretta Douglas and James A. Love.
• Pima County Joint Technical Education District (three seats): Wayne Peate, and incumbents Mary Jondrow and Robert Schlanger. This was previously a contested race with four candidates running; however, one withdrew.
• Redington Elementary School District (two seats): Incumbents Jack Kelly and Mary Smallhouse.
• San Fernando Elementary School District (two seats): Incumbents Veronica Jacquez and Bonnie Swarbrick.
• Tanque Verde Unified School District (three seats): Carlos Ruiz, and incumbents Peter A. Livingston and Jeffrey M. Neff.
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