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Bob Branch
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Republican
https://www.vote4branch.com/
"The Educator of Educators" For the first time, the voters in our State will have the option to elect a True Educator, a Proven Leader, a Business Leader, and Veteran, to the highest Executive Office in Education for the State of Arizona: Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI). Dr. Bob Branch, a life-long conservative, decided to run for Arizona's SPI, to bring his unparalleled academic administrative expertise, his teaching expertise, and his business and military background to the people of Arizona. Dr. Bob Branch is "The Educator of Educators," teaching leadership and management skills to the doctoral level to those who want to become academic administrators and teachers. Dr. Branch teaches the leadership skills, styles and best practices needed to run large organizations and school systems, and in his 16 years teaching in education, Dr. Branch has taught many of our school superintendents and thousands of our teachers. Dr. Branch currently teaches at the #1 and #2 Christian Universities in the World (Grand Canyon University and Liberty University). Dr. Bob's academic administrative expertise includes: Campus Director, Dean of Education, Dean of Technology, Chair of the School of Business and Information Technology, and Content Chair for Doctorate of Management in IST.

Diane Douglas
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Republican
http://www.dianedouglas.com/
It's an honor to serve the citizens of Arizona. Educating our children to be successful citizens is our number one duty. In my first term of office I kept my campaign promise to repeal and replace the Common Core standards which were ruining education in Arizona. In addition, I implemented expansion in options for parental choice of their children's school, brought broadband access to rural school districts, added services to our Native American students, and successfully advocated for expanded education funding for better teacher salaries. Test scores are steadily increasing in Arizona as a result of these changes. Parents and their children remain my highest priority as I continue to fight for standards which result in a return to sensible, high quality educational instruction. Internally, I drained the bureaucratic swamp at the department, increasing quality of services to parents and schools while decreasing the number of staff and their salaries. I implemented current year funding, repaired the grants process, and focused more assets on school safety measures. I've also improved outcomes for English language learners and assistance to disconnected youth who have quit school and are unemployed. I ask for your continued support and for your vote in the election.

Jonathan Gelbart
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Republican
https://www.gelbartforaz.com
Jonathan Gelbart was born and raised in Phoenix, graduating from Barry Goldwater High School. From there, he worked his way into Stanford University, earning his bachelor's degree and a master's in civil engineering, all in four-and-a-half years. He returned to Arizona to help improve public education in his home state and landed at BASIS charter schools, managing the opening of 15 campuses that today serve more than 10,000 students. Jonathan is an Arizona conservative running for Superintendent of Public Instruction to promote innovation in the school system, rebuild and transform the Arizona Department of Education, and support and champion our public schools. We need high expectations for students to ensure that they will be well-informed citizens ready to succeed in the modern economy that values creativity and independent thinking over rote memorization. Much of the school system today can be compared to a Model T - a 100-year-old, one-size-fits all factory model that treats every student like just another cog in the standardized testing machine. We need to #ReplaceTheModelT with schools that are more personalized, engaging, and relevant with more real-world applications and opportunities like Career Technical Education. Vote for Jonathan to bring a fresh, new perspective to Arizona's education system.

Kathy Hoffman
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Democratic
http://www.electkathyhoffman.com
From her experiences in the classroom with students, collaborating with teachers, and discussions with parents, Kathy knows what needs to be done to put Arizona on track to become a leader in academic success. Her vision is to create a robust, fully-funded, and inclusive public school system across the entire state. As a #RedForEd supporter and participant, Kathy will always stand in solidarity with educators and all support staff through fighting for improved pay, adequate school funding, and classroom resources. Throughout her career in public education, Kathy has fought tirelessly for equal access to high-quality public education regardless of a student's race, gender, or zip code. Now, these same civil rights issues comprise the focus of her political platform. As a speech therapist, she has worked with students of all ability levels and recognizes the need for multiple pathways to graduation to meet the unique needs of every child. Once elected, Kathy will focus on increasing transparency of school funding and ensuring schools are safe and welcoming for all children and families.

Tracy Livingston
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Republican
https://www.tracylivingston.vote/
The high-profile failures of Diane Douglas to keep her campaign promises to get rid of Common Core, the infighting on the State Board of Education, the lawsuits - her general incompetence - led a number of concerned groups/individuals to ask me to run for State Superintendent. My record as a successful reformer on the Maricopa County Community College board and my status as the only actual teacher in the race, was attractive to those who want to clean up this failed bureaucracy, protect taxpayers, and put our teachers, families, and kids first. Since then, Ms. Douglas' vulnerability has attracted three more challengers, each seeing an opportunity to gain or regain political office, but the fact is so many challengers only increases the odds of Ms. Douglas winning the primary, then losing the general to a liberal Democrat who opposes school choice, taxpayer accountability, and local control. I have spent 16 years as a K-12 teacher giving me a unique understanding of what needs to be done. I can keep this important office in Republican hands and protect school choice. I will actually end Common Core, and I will continue to stand tall on behalf of kids, parents, and teachers.

Frank Riggs
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Republican
http://www.riggsforaz.com/
I'm the only candidate with a proven record of executive, educational and legislative leadership that ideally prepares me to be Superintendent of Public Instruction at this critical time, and the only candidate who's been an education leader at the local, state and federal level: elected public school district member/president; president of an Arizona statewide, accredited, online charter school; and U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Education Subcommittee. I authored legislation on special education, career-technical education, and charter schools, and was recognized for my dedication to children with disabilities. The Heritage Foundation said, "Representative Riggs spearheaded many cutting-edge initiatives like school choice and charter schools." I'm a successful businessman, former CEO of a national, award-winning education nonprofit, University Instructor, and a teacher and coach. I'm also an Army veteran and former police officer who will work to make our schools safer. I graduated summa cum laude from Golden Gate University and received the prestigious "Associates Award" as the "Outstanding Graduate in the College of Business and Public Administration." My wife Cathy and I have lived in Scottsdale for 16 years and have three grown, married children and five wonderful grandchildren, my personal motivation for running to lead our State's schools!

David Schapira
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Democratic
http://DavidforAZ.com
Public education is the pathway to the American Dream. That is why four generations of Schapiras have attended Arizona public schools. Disappointingly, Arizona politicians in power in recent years have worked intentionally to dismantle our public education system, depriving educators of the resources and autonomy to meet the needs of students. As a father, I share the fear that many parents have for the future of educational opportunity for our children. Every child in every part of Arizona deserves an excellent education, and I will fight in the trenches at the state Capitol for access to opportunity for all children. It's been 24 years since an educator led the Arizona Department of Education. I've seen the challenges we face in our education system from various perspectives, and I've worked to address them in numerous capacities. My experiences as a classroom teacher, school leader and legislator have prepared me to confront the political system and its adverse impacts on educational opportunity. I am devoted to prioritizing our public education system and ensuring bright futures for Arizona students. I will stand with parents, students and fellow educators, as I have during the #RedForEd movement, to fight for the resources our students deserve.

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