The field of candidates vying for three open seats on the Litchfield Elementary School District Governing Board has narrowed to four.
Incumbent Dr. Tawnya Pfitzer of Buckeye, who was a write-in candidate, told Independent Newsmedia via email Monday, Aug. 31 that she will not seek reelection after all.
“My schedule is crazy and it seems that I get busier every day. I have decided not to run for reelection this year,” she wrote. “It was a very difficult decision and I have been torn for the past few months. I finally decided that my schedule just wouldn't allow me to put the time and effort in that is really required to get the job done well.”
Ms. Pfitzer is a podiatrist with Desert Canyon Foot & Ankle in Avondale. Her term, along with those of fellow incumbents Danielle Clymer, a marketing consultant from Goodyear, and Melissa Zuidema, a business owner from Litchfield Park, expires Dec. 31.
Also running are newcomers August Jeremy Hoenack, a Buckeye inventor and property manager, and write-in candidate Ryan Risselman, an electrical estimator from Goodyear.
LESD operates 11 elementary schools and five middle schools serving preschool through eighth-grade students in Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear and Litchfield Park.
Governing board members are elected at large to four-year terms.
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