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AEA Endorses David Garcia for Governor of Arizona

PHOENIX – March 7, 2018 – The Arizona Education Association announced its endorsement of Dr. David Garcia for Governor of Arizona in the 2018 election in a press conference at AEA headquarters. The recommendation was made after a vote from the AEA Fund Council.

This past winter, AEA held candidate forums across the state around education issues facing Arizona. Over a thousand participants attended AEA’s four statewide town halls to hear from and ask questions of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates about school funding, vouchers, and addressing the state’s teacher shortage crisis.

“The pressure to effectively teach while resources and support decline, and expectations and limitations increase, is a huge part of why I believe teachers are leaving our state,” says Madison Classroom Teachers Association President and kindergarten teacher Amy Ball. “Teacher working conditions are student learning conditions. Our teacher heroes and the students we entrust in their care deserve better.”

“Most people encourage the next generation to join their profession,” says Glendale Union Education Association President and high school English teacher Amber Gould. “But that sentiment is few and far between here in Arizona. We need a governor who will help change this view and make public education a priority.”

“Governor Ducey is ignoring our state’s teacher shortage crisis, leaving our students without teachers in crumbling buildings,” says AEA President Joe Thomas. “Arizona voters have made it clear that education is their number one priority. It’s time we had someone who will prioritize education leading our state. It’s time we had an educator for governor and I believe that David is uniquely qualified to ensure Arizona’s children get the education they deserve.”

“My sisters and brothers at the Arizona Education Association have fought for kids and schools for years amidst constant attacks and disrespect. It is a tremendous honor to have the endorsement and support of the Arizona Education Association. Their support means the world to me as a fellow educator,” said David Garcia, candidate for Governor. “Today educators are standing up and saying ‘no more!’ It is a great day for me to say to teachers and school support staff across Arizona, I will fight with you, and we will win.”

Dr. Garcia is an Arizona native and product of Mesa Public Schools. The former Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction for Standards and Accountability, Garcia is widely regarded as a national expert on education policy and research. He currently teaches future education leaders at Arizona State University and has two daughters in public schools.


The Arizona Education Association represents 20,000 teachers and education support professionals and is the state’s largest professional organization for public school employees.

The AEA Fund for Public Education (AEA Fund) is the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Arizona Education Association to support candidates who support our public schools. The AEA Fund is the largest and most effective statewide PAC working to elect candidates to the state legislature and Governor’s office who will fight to safeguard and strengthen public education for each and every Arizona student. Only current or retired AEA members, AEA and Affiliate executive and managerial staff, and their families may be solicited to contribute to the AEA Fund. The AEA Fund may not accept contributions from the general public. All donations are voluntary.

AEA…Keeping the Promise of a Quality Public Education

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