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Gilbert school board race may have 13 candidates; other districts' races also draw interest

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Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 10:18 am | Updated: 7:15 am, Tue Jul 3, 2012.

Thirteen candidates could be vying for spots on the Gilbert Unified School District governing board in November’s election, the most for any of East Valley school district elections.

Candidate packets have been pulled by 14 people, according to the Maricopa County Education Services Agency. Gilbert has one two-year seat open, due to the mid-term resignation of board member Shane Stapley, and three four-year seats open. Current board members Lily Tram and EJ Anderson plan to seek re-election; Helen Hollands does not.

One potential candidate - Jason Barney - announced this week that though he pulled a packet, he will not seek election.

Blake Sacha, who was appointed to the empty board seat in the spring, is among the 10 potential candidates seeking a four-year seat. Barney was seeking a 4-year spot.

Three potential candidates, including former board member Adelaida Severson, are seeking the two-year spot.

Signatures can be turned in as soon as 8 a.m. July 9, and are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 8.

Ten people have pulled candidate packets for the three open seats on the Mesa Unified School District governing board, including the three incumbents. Five people have pulled candidate packets for the three open seats on the Chandler Unified School District governing board, including the three incumbents.

Voters in Chandler and Gilbert school districts will also be asked on Nov. 6 to renew maintenance and operations budget overrides. In Arizona, school districts receive funding based on enrollment. Homeowners can vote to tax themselves to override that and provide additional funding -- up to 15 percent. Gilbert’s board approved a 10 percent override renewal for the ballot. Chandler’s board approved a 15 percent override.

Both currently have a 10-percent override in place, which gives about $17 million to Gilbert and $18 million to Chandler.

Mesa voters will be asked to approve a $230 million bond question to provide funds for technology and building repair and renovations. Mesa Unified School District also has a budget override in place, but a vote on potential renewal of that could not take place until 2013.

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