PCC board member shows no sign of running for re-election

2014-07-17T00:00:00Z 2014-07-17T09:16:05Z PCC board member shows no sign of running for re-electionBy Carol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

An overseer of troubled Pima Community College seems poised to step down rather than stand for re-election this fall.

With only three weeks left to collect hundreds of voter signatures needed to run again, PCC Governing Board member Brenda Even has yet to file as a candidate and hasn’t collected a single signature, county election records show.

By contrast, Even filed nine months in advance the last time she ran for re-election in November 2008.

Even didn’t respond Wednesday to two emails, a text and a voicemail seeking comment on whether she intends to run again for the District 1 board seat she’s held for 13 years.

Serious candidates almost never wait this long to register their campaigns and start collecting signatures, said Pima County Elections director Brad Nelson.

The deadline for completing those steps is Aug. 6.

“It would be highly unusual for an individual seeking to have his or her name on the ballot this November to not have filed anything by this point,” Nelson said in an interview.

Other candidates vying for Even’s seat say she dodges the question when they ask about her plans.

“I’ve tried to find out in a number of conversations and she’s very evasive,” said Michael Duran, a Tucson Medical Center executive and one of three hopefuls for the seat.

High school counselor Mark Hanna, another candidate, said Even won’t return his phone calls. When he recently saw her at a college function and asked about her plans she said she “hasn’t had time to think about it,” he said.

A third would-be candidate, retired PCC writing instructor Nancy Ross, also is eyeing the District 1 seat, election records show.

Even is one of four PCC board members deemed “dysfunctional” by the college’s accreditor when it placed the school on probation last year.

The accreditor cited grave problems, including corrupt hiring and contracting practices, sexual harassment of female employees and a toxic work environment, all linked to lax board oversight of the school’s then top executives.

Even and the others have faced numerous calls to resign over the findings but chose to stay on and take training to try to improve.

The accreditor will decide early next year whether to lift the probation sanction.

Contact the reporter at calaimo@tucson.com or at 573-4138.

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