Late Tuesday with all precincts reporting, incumbent Denise Standage, newcomer Paul Howell and former board member Greg Land were in the lead for the three open seats in the Higley school board race.
Howell said he “appreciates” the votes that he’s received.
“If the trend continues and I do win I will certainly do my best and try to bring some continuity and some more voices into the process and see if we can’t get our district just hitting on all cylinders,” said Howell, 48, who has four children at Coronado Elementary School and a son who graduated from Higley High last year.
Howell is an English teacher at Mesa High School with a doctorate in educational supervision and administration from Arizona State University.
Standage, 49, is seeking her second term on the board. She home schooled her four children.
Land, 45, a Higley board member from 2004 to 2006, has two children at Chaparral Elementary School. He owns a home inspection business and has lived in Gilbert for 23 years.
Also in the running for Higley are newcomers Taunya Lofgreen and Geoff Johnston.
In early results, incumbent Helen Hollands was in the lead for the Gilbert school board, with incumbent Lily Tram and newcomer E.J. Anderson close behind. There are three open seats on the Gilbert board.
“I hope that trend continues until 100 percent of the precincts are reporting,” said Hollands, 48, who is running for her third term and has two children in the district. “Obviously if it continues that way and voters have chosen to put me back in the office, than I truly appreciate their support.”
Hollands is also president of the Gilbert Fine Arts Association and a board member of Catholic Healthcare West East Valley.
Tram, 39, was appointed to the board in April to fill a vacant seat. Tram’s term expires this year, and she is looking to retain the seat.
Tram is a senior financial services manager at ASU. She has three children in the district.
Anderson, 53, is a media relations manager at Rio Salado College and had five children graduate from Gilbert schools. She covered education in the East Valley, including Gilbert schools, for 10 years at The Arizona Republic newspaper.
Adelaida Severson is also running for the Gilbert school board.
With all precincts reporting late Tuesday, Natalie Lamb was in the lead in the Queen Creek school board race. Lamb was followed by former board member Monica Cavanaugh and newcomer Wendy Baggs. There are three open seats on the Queen Creek board.
“I’m excited,” said Lamb, 33, a homemaker who has two children in the district. “I’m interested to see how it turns out.”
Monica Cavanaugh, 34, was a math teacher for the past three years at Queen Creek High and two years at Queen Creek Middle School. She now teaches high school math from home at the Arizona Virtual Academy.
She was on the school board in 2001 but quit because she moved away for a year. She’s lived in Queen Creek for about 10 years.
She has three children in the district.
Wendy Baggs, 42, is a sales representative for a manufacturing company. She has two children in the district and a daughter who graduated from Queen Creek High two years ago.
Chris Clark is also vying for a spot on the Queen Creek school board.