Kristina Reese re-elected to Higley USD board; Michelle Anderson, Tiffany Shultz also joining

Higley USD governing board election winners, Michelle Anderson, Kristina Reese, Tiffany Shultz
Higley USD governing board election winners are, from left: Michelle Anderson, Kristina Reese and Tiffany Shultz.

Higley USD governing board election winners are, from left: Michelle Anderson, Kristina Reese and Tiffany Shultz.

The Higley USD governing board vice president is officially returning to the board, and two new members will join her in 2021.

With the vote certified Nov. 20, Vice President Kristina Reese was re-elected to a third term. However, fellow board member Greg Wojtovich lost his bid for re-election.

Reese said she is excited to see initiatives the board has been working on for several years begin to take root in the district, including the Higley Virtual Academy and the Portrait of a Graduate document upon graduation.

“We have goals, and we’re working on it,” she said.

Joining Reese will be Michelle Anderson, who was the election’s top vote-getter in her second run for the board, and Tiffany Shultz.


Anderson could not be reached for comment, but she posted on Facebook on Nov. 16, after the vote count finished, a thank you to everyone for their votes and support.

Shultz said she is here to support teachers and advocate for public education.

“I would like to be a part of that conversation and also support programs and make sure that funding is equal among programs within the district,” she said.

Anderson received 21,603 votes or 27.98%; Reese received 19,781 or 25.62%; Shultz garnered 18,260, or 23.65%; and Wojtovich won 17,150 or 22.21%. There were 409 write-in votes among the 77,203 votes cast.

Michelle Bugg and incumbent Scott Glover qualified for the ballot but withdrew before the election.

With Anderson and Shultz replacing Wojtovich and Glover, the board will be all women.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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