New member elected to PCC governing board

By CHELO GRUBB

Pima Community College will have at least one new governing board member as a result of the Nov. 6 election.

In District 3, political newcomer Sylvia Lee was elected to the board with 63 percent of the vote.

Lee is a retired PCC administrator and a PCC graduate.

Sylvia Lee

“I want to make things better at PCC,” Lee said during her campaign.

Lee was up against incumbent Sherryn “Vikki” Marshall, who had held the seat since 2000.

“I was outspent and outfoxed,” Marshall said the morning after the election.

She expressed disappointment that she wouldn’t be returning to the board.

“I wanted to see things followed through on that I had started,” Marshall added.

In District 5, it looks like incumbent Marty Cortez will hold on to the seat which she has occupied since 1995.

 

Marty Cortez

However, challenger Richard Fridena was close behind.

Fridena, a retired PCC instructor and dean, decided to run after the board approved a change to PCC’s admissions policy.

According to Pima County’s election page, tallies showed Cortez holding 12,321 votes and Fridena at 11,102.

Francis Saitta, an adjunct faculty member at the school,  had about 18 percent of the vote with 5,270 ballots in his favor.

No winner had been officially announced.

For more information about Pima County election results, go to Pima.gov/elections/results.

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