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Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 6:03 pm | Updated: 8:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Four candidates will be on the ballot for three open seats in the Scottsdale Unified School District in November.

Incumbents Eric Meyer and Jennifer Petersen and political newcomers Bonnie Sneed and Paige Frenkel have officially filed their paperwork to run in the Nov. 4 election.

Retiring board member Molly Holzer will be absent from the ballot, as will Denny Brown, Hohokam Elementary School parent organization president, who planned to run but was about 50 signatures shy of being able to file as a candidate by Wednesday's deadline.

Frenkel is a former Paradise Valley special-education teacher. She began working as a consultant specializing in educational technology two years ago after 11 years in the classroom.

Frenkel has a son entering second grade next week at Kiva Elementary School. She said she's spent a lot of time working in her son's classroom, as a site council representative and on the school's parent organization board.

Sneed's younger child graduated from Desert Mountain High School last year. Her two children went to three different district high schools between them: Arcadia, Saguaro and Desert Mountain.

Sneed is a former Scottsdale Arts in Education Council president, Scottsdale Parent Council board member, International Baccalaureate parent organization member and site council member.

Petersen and Meyer are finishing their first four-year terms on the board.

Petersen said she finds the work rewarding and enjoys working with people in the district.

She also said she has gained a lot of knowledge about the inner workings of school districts over the past four years that she would like to continue putting to good use.

Meyer is preparing to run concurrent campaigns for governing board and a bid for the state House of Representatives in Phoenix and Paradise Valley's District 11.

Meyer said the school district is in the middle of some major issues he wants to see through to the end, including selecting a new superintendent and potential school closures.

This will be the district's first competitive governing board election in four years. During the last election in 2006, current board members Karen Beckvar and Dieter Schaefer ran unopposed for two empty seats.

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