What’s most important to me?
The most critical issue for me is funding for public education. I am a former teacher and school counselor, the mother of public school teachers, and the grandmother of elementary, high school and college age students enrolled in various Arizona public schools. I’ve experienced firsthand my salary being cut even as I gained more education and years of experience. I’ve watched teachers struggle to provide for their families and needing to work extra jobs to make ends meet. I see classroom numbers increasing and resources decreasing. In-state college tuition costs for community colleges and universities have become exorbitant. We are not keeping up with technology needs or even building maintenance and our teachers deserve a decent living wage for the most important work they do.
I have known Judy Schwiebert for several years as a person of great integrity and dedication to the schools and children of this state. Her experience as an educator will be invaluable in providing desperately needed support for the educational needs of our students and I enthusiastically support her candidacy.