Former teacher Patty Clymer and Oro Valley Human Resources Director Jeff Grant won seats on the Amphitheater Public School Governing Board Nov. 5.
Unofficial election results released Tuesday night showed Clymer garnering 38 percent of the vote and Grant, 32. Frank Douglas Reed was third in the two-seat race, collecting 29 percent of the vote.
Grant ran an unsuccessful campaign for the board in 2000. He was the subject of a last minute mudslinging campaign trying to tie him to boardmembers recalled in 2000.
"I think the Amphitheater voters have shown they are a little tired of the negative campaigning," Grant said. "I'm tired of it too; I ran a positive campaign, just like I did last time. I wanted to just stress my qualifications and background and that is what I did."
Clymer said her being a woman may have played a role in why she collected the most votes.
"I had a great core of volunteers behind me and honestly, it really did help being the only woman of the three candidates," Clymer said.
She also gave credit to the hordes of volunteers who worked on her campaign.
"I had a lot of wonderful people helping me. When you do this, you need to have so many people behind you willing to walk door to door and put up your signs and do all those things that you need to run a campaign," she said.
Reed, a teacher at the University of Arizona, said he was disappointed in the result but said his support is behind the winners and the Amphi board.
"We just have to support the people on the board, support the winners and work hard to improve education here in Arizona," Reed said. "It takes the whole board to make a decision. I congratulate Patricia Clymer and Jeff Grant and wish them success in trying to continue the mission of the board."
Grant and Clymer will join Nancy Young Wright, Kent Barabee and Mike Prout on the board in January.
Board President Ken Smith and Mary Schuh chose not to seek re-election.
KUHN, NIELSON WIN MUSD SEATS
by EXPLORER Staff
Voters in the Marana Unified School District Governing Board race deemed Bill Kuhn worthy of a third term and elected newcomer Sandi Nielson to replace outgoing Boardmember Bonnie Demorotsky.
Kuhn and Nielson defeated Evan Adelstein and Ken Moeller to win the two seats available on the nonpartisan, unpaid board.
With 100 percent of precincts tallied, Nielson had received 33.5 percent of the vote and Kuhn followed with 29.7 percent.
Moeller, an attorney, received 23 percent of the vote and Adelstein, manager of a nonprofit business advocacy group, came in last with 13.6 percent of the vote.
The results are unofficial, but barring large swings from absentee ballots, the results should stand.
Kuhn, a real estate agent first elected to the board in 1995, said his priorities were continuing to move forward on several land appropriation projects the district has been working on, and reorienting MUSD's curriculum to improve students' AIMS scores.
Nielson, a part-time legal typist and a longtime volunteer at Mountain View High School, said her priorities included trying to make the current AIMS-oriented report cards "more parent friendly" and making sure more information is received by PTOs and other parent groups in the district's schools.
Kuhn, 58, is married and has three children who graduated from MUSD schools. He said the extent of his campaigning was putting up the same 16 signs he erected in previous campaigns and attending two candidate forums.
Nielson, 47, is married and has four children who graduated from Mountain View.
She had friends hand out fliers around town and also attended the candidate forums.
"My entire campaign cost $16," Nielson said.
She'll formally join Kuhn, Dan Post, Jan Mitich and Debbie Schmich on the five-member board in January.