Voters chose to shake up the Tucson Unified School District governing board Tuesday, selecting Leila Counts to replace incumbent Michael Hicks, who served eight years and is the current board president.
Counts led all candidates in votes and will join the board in January.
"I think having the dedication of a teacher and a TUSD parent really helped push me through," she said. "We knocked on 20,000 doors with my team this summer. It was a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication and passion for our students and their success."
Counts said her first order of business in stepping into the role will be to prioritize students, policy and budgetary decisions.