Public Officials and Education Advocates Endorse Schapira for Superintendent of Public Instruction

“David is a strong advocate for progress in our school system. His vision for ensuring that every neighborhood has a high-quality public school and that all students across our state are offered equality of opportunity is the right vision for Arizona.”

- Congressman Raúl Grijalva
   

Former United States Senator Dennis DeConcini
Congressman Raúl Grijalva
Congressman Tom O'Halleran
Former Congressman Ron Barber
Former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick

Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard
Arizona Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs
Arizona Senate Assistant Minority Leader Steve Farley
Arizona Senate Minority Whip Martín Quezada
State Senator Sean Bowie
State Senator David Bradley
State Senator Andrea Dalessandro
State Senator Juan Mendez
State Senator Robert Meza
State Senator Jamescita Peshlakai
Arizona House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios
Arizona House Assistant Minority Leader Randall Friese
Arizona House Minority Whip Charlene Fernandez
State Representative Richard Andrade
State Representative Isela Blanc
State Representative Reginald Bolding
State Representative Kelli Butler
State Representative Mark Cardenas
State Representative Ken Clark
State Representative Kirsten Engel
State Representative Mitzi Epstein
State Representative Daniel Hernandez
State Representative Tony Navarrete
State Representative Athena Salman
Former State Senator Jack Jackson, Jr.
Former State Senator Barbara McGuire
Former Arizona House Minority Leader Eric Meyer
Former Arizona House Assistant Minority Leader Bruce Wheeler
Former State Representative Manny Alvarez
Former State Representative Tom Chabin
Former State Representative Christopher Deschene
Former State Representative Patricia Fleming
Former State Representative Jonathan Larkin

Coconino County Superintendent Risha VanderWey
Coconino County Treasurer Sarah Benatar
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo
Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías
Pinal County Supervisors Vice-Chairman Pete Rios
Yuma County Supervisors Chairman Marco "Tony" Reyes
Yuma County Supervisor Lynne Pancrazi

Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans
Guadalupe Mayor Valerie Molina
Holbrook Mayor Robert Tyler
Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell
Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar
Avondale Councilmember Lorenzo Sierra
Bisbee Councilmember Frank Davis
Bisbee Councilmember Bill Higgins
Flagstaff Councilmember Jim McCarthy
Flagstaff Councilmember Eva Putzova
Kingman Councilmember Jamie Scott Stehly
Mesa Councilmember Ryan Winkle
Tempe Councilmember Lauren Kuby
Tempe Councilmember Randy Keating
Tempe Councilmember Kolby Granville
Tucson Councilmember Paul Cunningham
Tucson Councilmember Richard Fimbres
Tucson Councilmember Regina Romero
Former Avondale Vice Mayor Stephanie Karlin
Former Fountain Hills Councilmember Ginny Dickey
Former Sedona Councilmember Jessica Williamson
Former Tempe Vice Mayor Corey Woods
Former Yuma Councilmember Leslie McClendon

Former Chair of the Arizona Board of Regents Fred DuVal
Maricopa Community Colleges Board Member Dr. Linda Thor
Mohave Community College Board Member Jon Longoria
Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board Member Scott Baker
Buckeye Elementary School District Governing Board Member Gina Ragsdale
Creighton School District Governing Board Member Carl Zaragoza
Gadsden Elementary School District Governing Board Member Guillermina Fuentes
Gadsden Elementary School District Governing Board Member Luis Marquez
Gadsden Elementary School District Governing Board Member Gloria Torres
Gadsden Elementary School District Governing Board Member Rosa Varela
Glendale Elementary School District Governing Board Member Monica Pimentel
Glendale Union High School District Governing Board Member Andrew Pulcipher
Kingman Unified School Board Member Beth Weisser
Mesa Public Schools Governing Board Member Kiana Sears
Mesa Public Schools Governing Board Member Ben Smith
Mountain Institute JTED Governing Board Member LaBeth Pondish
Paradise Valley Unified School District Governing Board Member Anne Greenberg
Quartzsite Elementary School District Board Member Monica Timberlake
Roosevelt Elementary School District President Norma Munoz
Roosevelt Elementary School District Governing Board Member Lawrence Robinson
Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District Board Member Karen McClelland
Skull Valley Elementary District Governing Board Member Laura Briggs
Tempe Elementary School District Governing Board Member Monica Trejo
Tempe Elementary School District Governing Board Member Patrick Morales
Tempe Union High School District Governing Board President DeeAnne McClenahan
Tempe Union High School District Governing Board Vice President Michelle Helm
Tempe Union High School District Governing Board Member Sandy Lowe
Tempe Union High School District Governing Board Member Berdetta Hodge
Tolleson Union High School District Board Member Steven Chapman
Tucson Unified School District Governing Board Member Kristel Foster
Tucson Unified School District Governing Board Member Adelita Grijalva
Osborn School District Governing Board Member Ylenia Aguilar
Osborn School District Governing Board Member Samuel Richard
Washington Elementary School District Vice President Larry Herrera
Former Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board Member Pat Green
Former Kyrene School District Governing Board President Beth Brizel
Former Kyrene School District Governing Board President Ron Pies
Former Madison Elementary School District President Rita Dickinson
Former Tempe Union High School District Governing Board Member Mary Lou Taylor

Former Arizona Education Association State Treasurer Nidia Lias
Former National Education Association Director Janie Hydrick
Former Cartwright Education Association President Michelle Robertson
Former Kyrene Education Association President Erin Henderson
Former Tucson Education Association President Luci Messing

PDA Arizona Organizer Dan O'Neal
Parent Advocate Beth Simek
Community Activist Jevin Hodge

       
“Arizona’s rural schools are in crisis. David knows that schools in different parts of the state face different challenges. He’ll be a steadfast champion for all Arizona students.”

- Congressman Tom O'Halleran
   
       
“Having served with David in the state legislature, I know he is the kind of champion for our children who should be leading the Department of Education and serving as the chief advocate for our schools at the capitol.”

- Arizona House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios
   
       
“David will be a partner looking to collaborate with our tribal nations to find solutions to our unique challenges. We need fresh ideas to make sure all Arizona schools get the resources they need to be successful. David is the right person for the job.”

- State Senator Jamescita Peshlakai
   
       
“David is a tireless advocate for public schools - exactly what we need in a state superintendent. A vote for David will be a vote for a better future for our state.”

- State Senator Martín Quezada
   
       
“Having served alongside David in the legislature, I know that he is committed to fighting for all Arizona students. He is a passionate advocate for school resources in every part of the state. Our education system will be in good hands with David as Superintendent.”

- Pinal County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Pete Rios
   
       
“David has worked on innovative education solutions at all levels of government, making our public education system work better for our students. We need that kind of forward-thinking leadership in the Superintendent’s office.”

- Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans
   
       
“David Schapira is one of the most capable leaders we have in Arizona. With deep legislative and education experience, and with smarts and passion, he'll be a great Education Superintendent at a critical time in Arizona.”

- Former Chair of the Arizona Board of Regents Fred DuVal
   
       
“School districts need a state education leader who understands the challenges our administrators, our teachers, and our students face. David Schapira has exactly the background and knowledge we’re looking for in a superintendent.”

- Mesa Public Schools Governing Board Member Kiana Sears
   
       
“Parents across Arizona are tired of being betrayed by politicians like Diane Douglas. David Schapira is an experienced educator who parents can count on to be committed to better schools for our kids.”

- Parent Advocate Beth Simek