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Five candidates eyeing Chandler Unified board

July 17th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Five candidates eyeing Chandler Unified board

By Ken Sain
Managing Editor

It appears there will be five candidates on November’s ballot for the two available seats on the Chandler Unified School District Governing Board.

Candidates had until Nov. 11 to file their nominating petitions with at least 400 valid signatures of registered voters to qualify. Incumbent Lara Bruner, and challengers Marilou Estes, Charlotte Golla, Kurt Rohrs and Patti Serrani all turned in more than enough signatures to qualify.

However, there is a 10-day challenge period before any candidate is officially on the ballot. Current board member Lindsay Love is not seeking reelection.

Four candidates filed statements of interest but did not submit signatures. They are Nicole Eidson, Michael Flores, Crystal Markowsky and Matt Young.

Eidson, Flores and Markowsky all said they did not file because they did not want to split the vote with like-minded candidates, clearing a path for those with opposing views from getting elected. Young said he had to deal with some issues that prevented him from campaigning in earnest this year, but he intends to run again later.

Here’s an early look at the five candidates running for the two seats:

Lara Bruner: She has served on the Governing Board for four years. Bruner was the only member of the board to vote against approving Frank Narducci as the District’s new superintendent, saying she voted against because she did not like the process the District followed in hiring him. She said it should have been more open and involved the community more.

She said she is concerned about providing students with all types of opportunities, including academic, artistic, athletic and social and emotion growth of the whole child. She said that’s how schools can provide well-rounded adults in the future.

Marilou Estes: The retired Chandler teacher spent 21 years in the District, working at Galveston, Bologna and Basha elementary schools. Her stepchildren who attended CUSD schools.

Estes said she remains informed on the top issues of the day and does not like the polarized environment. She said she can offer a much-needed professional educator’s perspective to the Board if she is elected.

Charlotte Golla: The mother of four CUSD students says expanding Problem Based Learning (PBL) will be the major issue of her campaign. 

“I will work tirelessly to ensure all students are provided an education that teaches them to think, teaches healthy habits of mind, and prepares them to enter the world,” she wrote in an email.

She worked as a regional sales manager for Benefits Concept until 2014. She left after the birth of her third child.

Kurt Rohrs: The financial advisor has been active in Chandler schools, serving on the District’s budget committee and working as a substitute teacher. He is a regular speaker at the board’s meetings.

He wrote in his email that his top issue will be making academic fundamentals the primary focus of the District’s curriculum. He said reading and math achievement must improve for all students.

Patti Serrano: A Hamilton High graduate, has worked in education research after earning a bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University. She worked at ASU on education and child health.

Serrano says that she will listen to the key stakeholders, starting with students, to develop well-rounded graduates. She said she wants to work on addressing all their needs, from academics and social to mental health. 


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