Over many decades the League of Women Voters has been registering voters and been a source for candidate forums. Election 2020 is fast approaching, and the way related activities take place is changing. Given the current guidance to social distance, going virtual with activities and events has become a way of life.
This year there are five planned LWVGT candidate forums that will be virtual. Each will be accessible on a Zoom webinar and live stream on our Facebook page. All will also be maintained on Facebook through election day (November 3) so voters unable to watch in real time can view any at their convenience.
Forums confirmed as of this date include:
- August 22 – 1:30 pm: Tucson USD Board Candidates (details below)
- August 23 – 1:30 pm: Amphitheater USD Board Candidates (details below)
- October 3 – 1:30 pm: Pima County Sheriff Candidates
Additional plans include forums with candidates for Pima County Recorder and the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Details regarding forums taking place in September and October will be provided closer to those dates.
Information about each forum will be available on the League’s website lwvtucson.org.
TUSD SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE INFORMATION
Sadie Shaw is a parent in TUSD, a community organizer and an artist with a BFA in Art and Visual Culture. Her campaign is centered around promoting values that include inclusivity, diversity, equity, accessibility and transparency. Two of the issues she will focus on are expanding the current ethnic studies program and the Joint Technical Education District (JTED).
Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah
Dr. Grivois-Shah is a parent in TUSD. He is a family physician and Associate Professor at the University of Arizona. He will ensure that schools open safely. He will fight for healthy building infrastructure, healthy food in the schools, and improved teacher working conditions.
Nick was born in Nogales. In addition to his professional career in finance, Nick dedicates time to helping build youth art programs in the community. His Board goals include creating a healthy environment where students can thrive.
Cindy Winston has been a teacher for 30 years. If elected, she will focus on financial accountability, funding for capital improvements, creating community partnerships and teacher recruitment and retention.
Adam Ragan is a classroom teacher in Tucson. He understands what board decisions mean in the classroom, how they affect students and how they could build up the community that makes a school. He will work to increase district enrollment, review the strategic plan, advocate for school building renovations and student and faculty safety in the age of COVID.
Natalie Luna Rose
Natalie is the Communication and Outreach Manager at Arizona Center for Disability Law. As an independent consultant, she has developed communication strategies for local nonprofits and government organizations. She has been a member of the TUSD Parent Advisory Council. She is a former board member of Planned Parenthood and Children’s Action Alliance.
There are two links below to connect to the Zoom webinar OR the LWVGT Facebook Live Stream:
AMPHI SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE INFORMATION
Scott Baker, PhD
Scott Baker brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Amphitheater Governing Board. He is an educator, having taught for over 30 years in a neighboring school district. Baker helped to develop and implement a revised physical education and health curriculum, support teachers new to the profession as a building level mentor and has held and continues to hold numerous leadership roles to benefit students, teachers and families.
Deanna Day received a BS Degree in Education from the University of Arizona. Her 15 years as a classroom teacher included years teaching Reading and Language Arts in the District. She has coached Odyssey of the Mind, allowing her to network with students, parents, teachers, and administrators in other districts.
Nathan Davis will bring a new voice to the Amphi School Board by combining his passion and his experience as a middle school teacher. Nathan knows the importance of public education to our community and the difficulties facing Amphitheater schools. Nathan will bring his commitment for public education to the Amphi School Board.