Sunday, August 05, 2012

Maricopa County school board candidates: time is running short

School board candidates have until Wednesday at 5 p.m to turn in their signatures, so there is still time, but it doesn't look like there will even be enough candidates to fill all of the seats up for election, much less enough for the elections to be contested.

Note: The Arizona School Boards Association has information on school boards and members here.

Per the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (a watered-down name for the county school department, much like public education has been watered in Arizona), there are 170 school board seats up for election in Maricopa County this year.

However, as of Friday, only 74 candidates had even submitted nominating petitions.

One race worth keeping an eye on is that for Mesa Unified #4.  It has three seats up for election and only two people have submitted sigs.

And one of them is Jerry Walker.

Walker was once a member of the governing board of the Maricopa County Community College District, where he was most noted for his use of his office to at a platform for pushing his bigotry upon the College community, and for using his office to intimidate and harass any student, staff, or faculty member who dared to disagree with him.

He makes Russell Pearce look like a cuddly "puddy tat". 

I haven't had a chance to look at the other candidates yet and won't do so until the ballots are set, but some of the candidates/potential candidates in the southeast valley area of Maricopa County look to be more than a little sketchy.


1 comment:

GR8DAMA said...

Jerry Walker is toxic. Has no filter on his mouth and hides behind the first amendment to "say what he thinks." But if you say how you feel he will rush to shut you up or "break your face." A real "charmer". He was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and I wonder if it is responsible for the deterioration in Mr. Walker.