Two candidates are vying for a spot on the Maricopa Community Colleges governing board in a contested race to represent District 2, which includes Mesa and Scottsdale.
Dana Saar wants to replace incumbent board member Jerry Walker. The community colleges district governing board is made up of five elected officials with staggering, six-year terms. Walker's is the only position up for election this year.
Walker, a health education consultant and retired member of the U.S. Navy, was first elected in 2004. He was accused of heckling at a student during a 2009 trip to Washington D.C., prompting a harrassment claim by the student.
Saar is a realtor who has also taught at the East Valley Institute of Technology. He is currently serving on the governing board of the Fountain Hills Unified School District, where he was first elected in 1995.
Another position on the board became vacant after Colleen Clark resigned in August. She represented District 1, which includes Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler. That position will be appointed by Maricopa County Schools Superintendent Don Covey. Fifteen people applied. Covey said a replacement board member will be named by Nov. 8. That member will serve through December 2012, when Clark's term would have ended.