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Bauders: Not seeking reelection to Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board

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After much consideration, I have made the very difficult decision to not seek reelection to the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board. This comes as I prepare to move to Tempe with my fiancé following our engagement last year.

Serving this community and district has truly been an incredible honor. Growing up here, I always wanted a leader who understood and spoke up for students. I hope I’ve been that leader for today’s students.

At 21, I was proud to be the youngest elected leader in Apache Junction/Gold Canyon. During my tenure, I’ve fought hard for LGBTQ+ students, disabled students, early childhood education, the needs of impoverished students and special education programs.

Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed the current board majority prioritizing their political interests over holding district administration accountable, to the detriment of our community’s children. Our students, parents, staff and community deserve so much better than this current board majority’s failed leadership.

I am fiercely committed to working to elect three board members this November who truly know this community and will fight for this district and its students. I look forward to knocking on doors this fall and talking to voters about the importance of electing a new board majority.

I am so incredibly grateful to the army of AJUSD educators throughout my life. Growing up deeply impoverished and autistic, it was sometimes difficult to see a bright future for myself.

However, the teachers and support staff around me always had faith and helped to provide the tools to become the leader that I am today. The dedication and passion of our educators is what gave me inspiration to keep fighting these last four years.

Thank you to our entire community of students, parents, staff and voters for your trust and support throughout my tenure. Serving you has been a profound privilege.


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