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Discussion 4 Democracy: Superintendent of Public Instruction (Virtual)

Discussion 4 Democracy: Superintendent of Public Instruction (Virtual)

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Teams within the Department of Education, invested $21 million into hiring school counselors and social workers, and repealed the discriminatory “no promo homo” law.


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State Committee Meeting, Public Forum, and More

State Committee Meeting, Public Forum, and More

What a way to start the day!

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.

Left to right: ADP Chair Raquel Terán, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (2011 CD2), and PCDP Chair Bonnie Heidler

After hearing from our speakers, more than 20 canvassers launched from the office to go out and talk to Democrats about the midterms!

PCDP Chair Bonnie Heidler, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (2011 CD2), ADP Chair Raquel Terán, and Mission for Arizona volunteers and staff right before the 9am canvass launch

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!

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Discussion 4 Democracy: Lauren Kuby and Sandra Kennedy for Corporation Commission (Virtual)

Discussion 4 Democracy: Lauren Kuby and Sandra Kennedy for Corporation Commission (Virtual)

Join the first of our Discussion 4 Democracy series as we virtually sit down with Democratic candidates running for the Corporation Commission!

What is the Corporation Commission?

The Arizona Corporation Commission, established in Article 15 of the Arizona Constitution, is the office in charge of regulating utilities, securities, and railroad and pipeline safety. It is the Commission’s responsibility to provide safe, reliable, and affordable utilities for the public. Decisions made by the Corporation Commission affect every Arizonan, every single day.

Who are the Democratic candidates?

 Sandra Kennedy was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008 on a platform in support of solar energy and consumer advocacy. She was later re-elected in 2018 on a platform of combating corruption within the Commission. Before her time as a Commissioner, she served as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives and the Arizona State Senate.

    Lauren Kuby is a two-term council member, former vice mayor of Tempe, and a senior sustainability scientist at Arizona State University. She is an advocate for fair, equitable worker protections as well as social, economic, and environmental justice. She led Tempe’s Dark Money ballot initiative and created the Tempe Sustainability Commission.

Together, Kennedy and Kuby want to put a stop to corruption within the Corporation Commission to protect Arizonans from price increases and environmentally dangerous practices.

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