I find it hard to believe in this time of technology, that we don't always get the results of elections for a few days. As of November 9 at 2:24 p.m. 100% of the precincts had reported. I received 26,071 votes. It is approximately 872 votes less than Lori Wood, the front runner. Apparently, there are still around 7000 early votes that were turned in, etc. that haven't been counted. From what I understand, that means that I am officially elected even when these votes are counted. It appears that Reed Carr has also been elected and even these votes will not be a factor in his election mathematically. So it is safe to assume that Reed Carr, Lori Wood, and I will be fortunate to serve GPS as Governing Board Members for the next four years. I can only speak for myself when I say that this is a huge honor. I would also like to say that I personally thank Lily Tram for her years of service to GPS during some very difficult times. I know Lily has held her head up and has conducted herself professionally during her tenure as a GPS Board Member. It is always difficult to lose when you have given so much. So thank you, Lily, for your years of service.
I look forward to being able to work with Reed and Lori as well as Charlie Santa Cruz and Jill Humphreys over the next few years. Gilbert has been through some tough times over the past several years, but I believe that we can come together and bring Gilbert back to the most incredible District it was.
I have seen the incredible dedication of teachers, support staff and administrators who have stayed with Gilbert during the tough times. I hope to make sure that their loyalty is rewarded in the best way that I can.
I have been impressed with the wonderful parents who have worked so hard to pass the override and bond and to see the importance of a Board willing to work with the Superintendency and to make sure that some of the issues that have hurt Gilbert over the past few years can be dealt with in a fair and positive way with input from all of the stakeholders.
I know first hand that there are a lot of incredible educators who have stayed in Gilbert despite the tough times and these people need to be respected for their dedication. Although we need new people, we can't forget the history and the dedication of the employees who have stayed no matter what.
I am so thankful for the overwhelming support from the community with the great number of votes that I received. I did not raise much money because I hate to ask people for money. So that makes this even better to me. I believe I raised the least amount of money and still had a lot of votes. I love GPS and I welcome input, questions or comments at any time. We may not agree all of the time, but I will always do my best to do the right thing and I promise that I will listen.
The picture above was from my wonderful hairdresser, Jen. She put it in front of her shop on Gilbert Road.
And as of 5:00 pm today, my total is 29,452 votes!! Pretty cool!!! And even better because I think I spent the least amount of money. One of the candidates actually raised $30,000. I only raised about $4500 and still got mucho votes!!