Quintero, Giffin defeat incumbents in Sunnyside recall election

2014-05-20T19:00:00Z 2014-07-13T15:50:40Z Quintero, Giffin defeat incumbents in Sunnyside recall electionVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Rebecca "Beki" Quintero and Eric Giffin have defeated the two Sunnyside district governing board incumbents in Tuesday's recall election.

Unofficial results show Quintero had 58 percent of the vote in her race with Bobby Garcia, who had 22 percent of the vote. Another challenger, Mike Polak, had 19 percent of the vote.

Giffin had 75 percent of the vote in his bid to unseat Louie Gonzales.

The election of the two challengers would remove majority support on the board for Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo.

Garcia, a retired Tucson police officer who is in his first term on the board, and Gonzales, the current board clerk who has served on the board for 16 years, were part of a three-member board majority that supported Isquierdo.

The two challengers who won Tuesday night were often critical of the superintendent's actions.

The election was ordered in January by Pima County School Superintendent Linda Arzoumanian after a recall group collected enough signatures on petitions to force the election. 

The group began collecting signatures to recall Garcia and Gonzales, after they and current board president Eva Carrillo Dong voted to extend Isquierdo's contract after he withdrew as the sole finalist for a position in San Antonio when his personal financial and legal troubles were reported by the media.

Included in the reasons cited by the recall group in the petitions to recall Gonzales and Garcia are what they deemed the members’ failures: to respect and respond to input from the Sunnyside community and staff; to represent district voters; and to provide responsible and accountable fiscal oversight of scarce taxpayer dollars.

Turnout for the recall election was 15 percent — 4,076 ballots cast — of the 26,646 eligible voters in the district.

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