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7 file to fill vacant PCC board seat

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7 file to fill vacant PCC board seat

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Seven people, including a deputy Tucson city manager and two former failed candidates, as well as retired college staffers, have asked to be appointed to fill an empty seat on the Governing Board of Pima Community College.

The deadline to file was Friday. Those who applied are:

  • Cecilia Cruz, neighborhood activist and retired city administrator
  • Martha Durkin, deputy city manager and former Tucson Unified School District attorney
  • Richard Fridena, retired PCC instructor and administrator, PCC board candidate in 2012
  • Luis Gonzales, ex-state senator and former South Tucson city manager
  • James Mielke, retired PCC instructor and ex-track and cross-country coach for the Aztecs
  • Jim Murphy, retired head of the Pima Council on Aging, former City Council member and Pima County supervisor and ex-assistant county manager
  • Francis Saitta, former adjunct instructor in math and biology at PCC, candidate for PCC board in 2012, TUSD board candidate in 2014

Marty Cortez announced in late June that she was resigning for personal reasons after two decades on the college's board, representing District 5 in Tucson's Midtown and West Side.

First elected in 1994, Cortez was reelected four times; her last election, in 2012, was to a term that runs through the end of 2018. She did not specify a reason for her resignation.

Her temporary successor will be appointed by Pima County School Superintendent Linda Arzoumanian, with another election to be held in 2016 for the remaining two years of the term.

A seven-member advisory group will provide input on the selection process, with the appointee expected to be named later this month.

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