October 26, 2004
The East Valley Institute of Technology has two competitive races.
Angel Hidalgo, 36, worked as registrar for EVIT before going to work for Pinnacle Education, a charter school organization. Hidalgo said he wants to provide more diversity on the governing board, particularly after reading about Hispanic girls who were not allowed to speak Spanish between classes. The school has since changed that rule.
His opponent for the board’s District 8 representing east Mesa is 10-year incumbent Dolores Watkins, 73, who is a part-time vocational educator at Apache Junction High School. Her goal is to continue creating innovative programs.
Russell Nielson, 64, runs his own home-building business. He is running for the west Mesa District 6 seat and hopes to help the district expand to include more health care career training.
Martin Whalen, 64, is the president of the EVIT scholarship foundation and the retired senior vice president general counsel for America West Airlines. He is running for the same seat and hopes to create new programs that give students college credit up to an associate’s degree.