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Kyrene board candidates


Sept. 23, 2006

The candidates in the Kyrene School District Governing Board election this November claim diverse backgrounds among their qualifications for offices.

Patrick McGill practices family law in Tempe. A former Marine, McGill once served on Chandler’s Planning and Zoning Commission and currently sits on Tempe’s Governmental Affairs committee.

During a recall campaign earlier this year, McGill said his experience a lawyer would be valuable to the board.

“As an attorney I’m a problem solver,” he said. “I like to do my research.  I like to really dive into a problem, take it apart, put it back together.”

Even though Ross Robb is an incumbent on the Kyrene board, this will be his first campaign.

Robb was appointed to his seat last summer when board member John Doney resigned to move out of state.

Robb is a Tempe real estate developer who has worked on such notable projects as Tempe’s Hayden Ferry Lakeside.

He said he sought an appointment to fill the board vacancy because of “a history of civic and charitable service.”

“I think it’s just an attitude of service that some people have and I apparently have,” he said. “Educating kids just seems like a very logical, very worthy place to channel my efforts.”

Rae Waters first took her seat on the Kyrene School Board in 1998 and is running for her third term.

An Ahwatukee resident, Waters is president of the Arizona School Boards Association. She is very active in lobbying political leaders in Phoenix and in Washington to request more money for schools and changes to education laws.

Before running for the school board Waters was intimately involved with the reconstruction of Lomas Elementary. She spent several years on that school’s PTO and Site Based Council before deciding to advance her involvement to the district level.

She said her 8 years of experience, her ASBA presidency and her knowledge of state and federal education law are valuable.

“I believe very strongly in public education,” she said. “I believe that we need to provide opportunities for all children, and that education needs advocates.”


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