Thu, Dec. 05

School boards will be full after election
More candidates than seats in Verde Valley races

The county school superintendent won't have to appoint any Verde Valley school board members after the November election. Throughout the Verde Valley, each school district has more candidates for governing board positions than open seats on those boards.

That is something of a turnaround from recent elections.

It also means that in most races for local governing boards, voters will have a choice.

Mingus Union High School and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts each have four candidates for their governing boards.

Mingus will have four candidates running for two, four-year seats. Incumbent Andy Groseta is running for another term against three challengers: James Ledbetter, Leland Wieweck and Eric Wyles. Current board member Kerrie Bluff is not running for re-election and is seeking a seat on the governing board for the Valley Academy of Career and Technology Education representing Mingus Union.

C-OC has three, four-year seats coming open and four candidates seeking to fill them.

Lori Simmons was appointed to the board by the county superintendent to fill a position opened by resignation. She is running to stay on the board.

Other candidates for the C-OC board are Jason Finger, Brett Rigg and Janice Rollins.

Clarkdale-Jerome School District has three candidates for the two, four-year terms coming open. Anthony Lozano, Janae Gordon and Dale Williams all wish to serve that school board.

Beaver Creek School District has two board seats opening up and three candidates seeking to be elected. Norma Dieffenbach, Miguel Hernandez and Sheila Van Dyke are all hoping to win one of the four-year terms.

Camp Verde School District has both two-year and four-year terms coming open. Three candidates, John Bassous, Bob Simbric and Kelli Spleiss, are running for two, two-year terms.

Dennis Sterrett and Andrea Wrubel are each assured of a four-year term since they are the only two candidates.

VACTE District has three seats representing three of its satellite school districts with open seats. Only one of those seats is contested.

The seat representing Mingus Union High School has two candidates, both of them experienced board members. Angel (Sonny) Rodriquez is the incumbent. Kerrie Bluff is challenging for that seat. Bluff is currently a member of the Mingus board.

Incumbent Steve Dockray will run unopposed to keep his VACTE board seat representing Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District. Houston (Tom) Moore, the current board representative for Sedona-Oak Creek School District, is the incumbent and also will run unopposed.

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