Jennifer Petersen says it would be a privilege to serve another four years on the Scottsdale Unified School District's governing board as what she calls a voice for the people. The Scottsdale mother of three was first elected in 2004.
"We've accomplished quite a lot, but have a long way to go," said Petersen, alluding to the series of challenges the school board faces that include potential school consolidations and possible budget cuts.
Petersen said as an incumbent, she was part of a governing board that balanced the district's budget and helped increase academic achievement.
During her tenure, Petersen said additional dual language and reading programs were created, graduation standards were raised, and more students achieved National Merit Scholar status.
Petersen is one of three candidates endorsed by the Scottsdale Education Association, a teacher union with more than 1,000 members.
Petersen said she believes key issues this coming term - in addition to choosing a new superintendent to replace outgoing Superintendent John Baracy - will include making sure the district is financially stable and able to attract and retain high-quality teachers, administrators and support personnel.
She said she hopes voters will allow her to help challenge her colleagues to continue to raise the bar on academic achievement in the coming years.
She said her greatest strengths include her common sense, her ability to listen to all facets of the community and her experience facilitating solutions.
"People come up to me on the soccer fields and at meetings. I am also diligent about answering their e-mails and phone calls."
"The best interest of the children is my No. 1 thought at all times."