October 26, 2004
Governing board candidates in the Tempe Union High School District include three district veterans and two newcomers competing for three available seats.
Board members Michelle Helm and Zita Johnson will try to retain their positions, while Mary Frances Lewis will try to regain the seat she lost in 2002 after 24 years on the board.
"Many have asked that I do so, relating that proven decision-making ability, experience and institutional knowledge are vitally important to the district," Lewis said.
But the two newcomers say it might be time for change — especially since the district launched a new era in August with the hiring of Superintendent Shirley Miles from Colorado City.
"We have our first new superintendent in 13 years," candidate Donald P. Keuth said. "It is critical that the board provide her with support and guidance in developing better articulation with our feeder districts, and partnerships with our business community and community at large."
The other candidate, Lizabeth Stephens, has said she is ready to help the district’s students prepare for college and careers as responsible citizens.
Each candidate boasts a wide range of experience.
Helm, 58, teaches in the Tempe Elementary School District and lives in the McClintock High School attendance area.
Johnson, 67, is a former Arizona State University administrator and teacher and also lives in the McClintock area.
Keuth, 56, is a civil engineer who has served as Phoenix Planning Commissioner since 1998. He lives in the Mountain Pointe High School area.
Lewis, 64, is a direct care provider and homemaker who lives in the McClintock area.
Stephens, 50, has a career in health care administration and is an adjunct faculty member at Phoenix College. She lives in the Desert Vista High School area.