Michael Hicks calls for investigation into ESI-related pay-to-play campaign contributions to Kristel Foster & Cam Juarez

In his continuing effort to increase the public’s trust in the Tucson Unified School District, Governing Board member Michael Hicks is calling for an investigation into unusually large donations made to the campaigns of Governing Board members and candidates for re-election Cam Juarez and Kristel Foster.

According to ARS 16-907: prohibited contributions; standing political committees; classification, makes any person who knowingly accepts a contribution made by one person in the name of another person guilty of a class 6 felony.

Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez

Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez

“By TUSD Board Members Cam Juarez and Kristel Foster accepting campaign contributions totaling $10,000 from the spouse of an established vendor with TUSD, we risk losing all public trust. This has the potential to be a criminal act. We must hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards,” stated Hicks.

The unprecedented $5,000 contributions made to each Foster, and Juarez were made by a Ms. Carly Brooks. Ms. Brooks’ husband, Mr. Rob Brooks, is the Vice President of Marketing for ESI. ESI’s contract was recently approved in a vote of Consent Agenda item. No discussion was allowed by Board president Adelita Grijalva.

In July, Ms. Foster and Mr. Juarez joined TUSD Board President Mrs. Adelita Grijalva in approving the $21 million contract with ESI, a company out of Phoenix that TUSD is now using to outsource its substitute teachers. In August, Ms. Brooks made the contributions, according to campaign finance records.

“I am demanding that we bring integrity and transparency back to the TUSD Board of Governors and to our election system, I will be filing a formal complaint with the Arizona Secretary of State,” said Hicks. “We must have an impartial investigation into these campaign contributions. We cannot afford further erosion of confidence in our public schools. Our kids’ education is at stake.

[Attached: Copies of relevant documents obtained thus far]


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4 comments

  • Michael Hicks and Stegeman, both have lied to the community of South Tucson, and to the parents of Mission View elementary students, when they offered to help us in keeping Pasadera drug rehab away from Mission View’s kids. If Michael Hicks thinks that either Foster or Juarez will sell their souls to the devil for $5000.00 he is delusional. You have to do better than that “lying Hicks” if you want to discredit other people.

    • Three Sonorans

      They already sold their souls… Subs now get paid less thanks to this ESI contract that they allowed no discussion on… a contract worth $21 million… and the following month they get the biggest donations from a person in the history of campaign finance in TUSD…

      The devil they sold their soul to is the highest-paid superintendent in Arizona, the half-million dollar man; HT Sanchez.

  • Vato Loco

    Cam Juarez and Kristel Foster need to go! It shouldn’t be surprising since everyone already knows that Juarez and Foster are merely puppets of the Grijalvista regime. The same regime that sells out the Chicano Mexicano community if Tucson to the NeoLiberal Democratic party. The same regime that actively suppresses the self-determination of Tucson’s Chicano Mexicano community. Tools of the establishment, political chumps who do as they are told. They are not public servant, they are self-serving individuals. They do not deserve our votes. They have shown us exactly why they do not deserve out support.

    • TUSD Voter!

      Vote out Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez! They lied to the public about how money would be spent for teachers if Prop 123 passed! They only gave teachers 26% of that money, yet Kristel Foster gets 100% of this funding source in her paycheck at SSUSD! What a hypocrite! They have violated Open Meeting Law, they refuse to stand up to HT Sanchez, they have let the Deseg Order stale as they continue to file (losing) motion after motion!

      Vote out Kristel Foster and Cam Juarez!

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