District 18 candidate Epstein plans visits

Legislative District 18 House of Representatives candidate and former Kyrene Governing Board member Mitzi Epstein will hold final sessions of an area-wide listening tour at three Kyrene schools in May.

The visits, recognizing Teacher Appreciation Week which ended May 7, are scheduled at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Sureño Elementary/Kyrene Traditional Academy; 2:35 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Niños Elementary; and 2:35 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Esperanza Elementary in Ahwatukee.

Epstein, a longtime education advocate, says she wants to hear from parents whose children have been affected by budget cuts, and are expected to continue being affected in coming years.


Tempe Kid Zone programs announced

The city of Tempe’s Kid zone offers the antidote for the long, hot days of summer. With a mix of fun and educational activities, there’s something appealing for everyone, from preschoolers through eighth grade.

Kid Zone programs are available 6:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. for two, three or five days a week. The K-8th programs are held at Fuller, Hudson, Mariposa and Niños schools. The sports programs, for students who have completed grades 2-5, are available at Ward.

The middle school camp, known as “MKZ,” is being held at Fuller.

Summer registrations are processed online and permission slips for field trips are mailed out following registration. There’s also a Kid Zone preschool being held May 23-June 29 at Getz Preschool, 625 W. Cornell.

The Kid Zone office is at 3340 S. Rural Rd. Information:


Boyd Dunn vying for Corporation Commission

Retired Superior Court Judge and former Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn has announced his candidacy for Arizona Corporation Commission.

“The role of a commissioner is very similar to that of a judge—to be the impartial decision-maker based on the facts presented to you on each individual case, regardless of personal feelings or outside influences,” said Dunn.

“That is how I ran my court, and that is how I will serve as a corporation commissioner. The function of the Arizona Corporation Commission is critically important to the success of our state. It’s time we move past all the rhetoric and return to the basics of protecting the public interest.”

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Dunn served as mayor and councilmember in Chandler. Many of the policies Dunn enacted helped usher in an era of prosperity for the city.

Under Dunn’s leadership as mayor, Chandler’s population grew from 90,000 to more than 240,000.During that same period, Chandler added $5 billion in private investment and more than 16,000 new jobs.


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