Join our Discussion 4 Democracy series as we virtually sit down with our Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction!
What is the Superintendent of Public Instruction?
The Superintendent of Public Instruction oversees Arizona’s public school system and leads the Department of Education. It is the Superintendent’s responsibility to distribute public school funding, aid schools in complying with laws and policies, and to serve on statewide public education boards.
Who is Kathy Hoffman?
Kathy Hoffman has served as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2019. She is a former public school teacher and speech-language pathologist, becoming the first educator to lead the Arizona Department of Education in over 20 years at the time of her appointment.
It is her goal as State Superintendent to support students and advocate for public schools and educators. She wants to achieve this by increasing school funding and access to mental health services for students, expanding digital access in urban and rural communities, and recruiting qualified educators.
In her time as Superintendent, she has created the Educator Recruitment and Retention Teams within the Department of Education, invested $21 million into hiring school counselors and social workers, and repealed the discriminatory “no promo homo” law.
Today we were joined at the PCDP office headquarters by more than 70 volunteers and staff from Pima County Democrats, Mission for Arizona, and the Arizona Democratic Party!
Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped us launch this event so successfully! A special shoutout to our Volunteer Team Leaders Mary Ellen “Emi” Martinez, Chris Criley, Kathleen Edelman, and Margaret Lacey!
At 9am, we heard from AZ Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán, Pima County Party Chair Bonnie Heidler, and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick on the critical role of volunteers to turn out the vote in November. Now it is important for us to lay the groundwork so that when the right time arrives our efforts will efficiently turn out voters.
After hearing from our speakers, more than 20 canvassers launched from the office to go out and talk to Democrats about the midterms!
Then at 12pm the Arizona Democratic Party’s hybrid State Committee Meeting commenced. There were watch party locations all over the state, including here at the office where Democrats were invited to watch and participate.
During the State Committee Meeting, we also heard from Senator Mark Kelly and Britney Fonteno, the president of Arizona Planned Parenthood. They reiterated the urgency of what is happening throughout the country; the stakes have never been higher!
Finally, our Communications Director Shelly moderated a virtual Discussion 4 Democrats forum with Superintendent Kathy Hoffman. Superintendent Hoffman discussed the future of Arizona educators and took questions from the audience. You can watch the entire forum on our Discussion 4 Democracy page here.
With less than six months until the November election, today’s events re-energized Democrats all over the state! We are ready to buckle down and do the work that is needed. We ask that all Democrats in Pima County take a moment to think about how they can best support us, whether financially or through volunteering. Your engagement will increase the number of conversations that we have with voters in Pima County!