A bipartisan group of Tucson residents has organized to deny Tucson Unified School District Governing Board member Adelita Grijalva a fifth term in office.
Grjalva had previously declared that she would not seek a fifth term on the Board.
The No 5th Term PAC argues that all the public has gotten during Adelita’s tenure is “20 closed schools, the loss of over 15,000 students, overcrowded classrooms, teachers underpaid, disruptive students in classrooms, administrative bloat.”
Grijalva and fellow Board member Michael Hicks are up for re-election. Although Hicks as joined Grijlva in controversial votes in the past two years, she is running Adam Ragan and Leila Counts for Hicks’ seat in an effort to secure a more reliable voting block.
Ragan, who describes himself as a “community organizer and community leader,” is best known in TUSD for his vicious attacks on Board member Rachael Sedgwick and others during the Call to the Audience portion of Board meetings. Ragan’s hyperbolic rants earned him favored status with the Grijalva camp.
It is widely known that the Grijalva camp was behind the expensive legal challenge of Hicks’ nominating petitions last month. The lawsuit was unsuccessful, but it cost Hicks money that could have been spent fending off the well-funded Counts and Ragan.
Counts has political ambitions and has made it clear to TUSD insiders that running for a spot on the TUSD Board is a stepping stone to higher office.
Hicks has alienated many former supporters due to his erratic voting. As a result, many of his former supporters and Grijalva’s former supporters are now favoring Doug Robson.