Daniel Hernandez Jr., a hero of the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, was elected Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the Sunnyside Unified School District governing board, with 61.8 percent of the vote to Sherrie Burdic’s 36 percent.
Hernandez, a University of Arizona senior who was an intern on his first week in the job with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, came to her aid after she was shot in the head at a Congress on Your Corner event on Tucson's northwest side. Hernandez rode in the ambulance, cradling Giffords' head to keep it still.
Sunnyside voters rejected a district request for a 10 percent override to raise $2.6 million for the next seven years. No votes totaled 53.3 percent and yes votes 46.7 percent. The district's override proposal was controversial because of a $75,000 bonus given to Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo weeks before and a report, now under investigation, that district officials coercing student athletes into soliciting voters.
Sunnyside voters approved a proposed $88 million bond issue, with 54.6 percent yes votes.
In Marana Unified School District, a 10 percent override to raise $2.1 million for the next seven was approved 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent.
Flowing Wells Unified School District voters approved a 10 percent override to raise $833,000 for the next seven years, 58.4 percent yes, to 41.6 percent no.
Tanque Verde Unified School District voters rejected a 5 percent override to raise $209,000, with 56.9 percent no and 43.1 percent yes.
Vail Unified School District voters approved a 10 percent override to raise $3.5 million, with 55.7 percent yes and 44.3 percent no. That reversed a decision Vail voters made one year ago.
Continental Unified School District OK'd a 15 percent override to raise $350,000, with 56.8 percent yes and 43.2 percent no.
In Cochise County, Willcox Unified School District voters approved an override with 54.2 percent of the votes and a $12.3 million bond issue with 53.7 percent. Douglas Unified School District voters rejected a budget override, with 69.9 percent voting no.