Deadline today for school board candidates

School board candidates have until 4:30 p.m. today to submit petitions to the School District 51 superintendent’s office at 2115 Grand Ave.

As of Thursday afternoon, six petitions had been picked up, and three had been turned in. The Mesa County Elections Division will determine if each petition has the 50 valid signatures required to make the ballot.

Two people turned in petitions in District B, which includes part of the Redlands and western downtown Grand Junction, plus Whitewater, Glade Park and Gateway. One petition has been submitted in District A, which includes Fruita, Loma, Mack and parts of northwestern Grand Junction and the Redlands.

Board member Cindy Enos-Martinez turned in her petition and is seeking a second term as the District B representative on the board. Enos-Martinez confirmed earlier this month she would run again and said she finds the position challenging but rewarding.

Redlands resident Ann Tisue will run against Enos-Martinez for the District B seat if her petition is approved by the county. Tisue owns electronics manufacturing company Three Sigma Co., 335 Quail Drive, and has a daughter at R-5 High School.

Tisue said she attended public and private schools and home-schooled her daughter for many years. She said she is interested in teacher accountability, academic options, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

“I’m very concerned about how our kids are learning,” she said. “I want to make a difference.”

Fruita resident Jeff Leany turned in his petition for District A. Current District A representative Diann Rice announced she will not run for a second term.

Leany owns Starvin Arvin’s. He could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

Leany attended a school board meeting in March, where he said during the audience-comment portion of the meeting he is concerned about his son and other students viewing a movie about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo during a class at Fruita 8/9 School.

Leany said he viewed an R-rated film he believed the students had watched and told the board he felt it was inappropriate for young students.

Board members later confirmed a PBS film about Kahlo, not the R-rated 2002 motion picture “Frida,” was shown to students.


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