TWO EARLY VICTORIES!
On Monday, 25 July, the candidate who was hand-picked by Jean McGrath to replace her withdrew from the Governing Board race because he could not defeat our challenge of his petition signatures. Donna Davis is now the de facto winner in District 4!
In District 3, you were able to help us collect enough signatures to ensure that Marie Sullivan was safely on the ballot, and no other candidate was willing to challenge her. Thus, we have won two of three races for Governing Board before balloting even began!
All this means we can reasonably expect a 6-1 education, student, and faculty-friendly Governing Board! This is a far cry from only four years ago when the Governing Board, led by Laurin Hendrix, canceled Meet and Confer and tore up the RFP.
These early victories were secured by the herculean efforts of our staff and faculty volunteers (and their families) who answered the call. They endured late nights and hot mornings gathering signatures. And a specially trained group spent long hours reviewing signature petitions to ensure our candidates could not be challenged off the ballot in November.
While our early victories are sweet, we cannot be complacent. Let’s send a strong message to those who would dismantle our community college system by electing a 7- 0 Governing Board.
Thank you in advance for your support, your participation in putting up signs for Kelli across Maricopa County, and for stepping up when volunteers are needed. We do this together for our students, our faculty and staff colleagues, and for MCCCD.
Barry F. Vaughan