Ballots are already arriving in mailboxes to Arizona voters, and a new website has recently launched to provide information on the candidates running for Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction. The website, EdVotersArizona.org, features interviews with the candidates, and the interviews are conducted by Arizona students.
The interviewed candidates include: incumbent State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman, Republican State Superintendent of Public Instruction nominee Tom Horne, and Republican Gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake. Secretary of State and Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Katie Hobbs provided written responses.
For the interview, students spent 30 minutes with each candidate and asked candidates about school funding, teacher recruitment and retention, improving student outcomes, helping more students go to college, and ensuring that young children have opportunities to learn.
“Our hope with EdVotersArizona.org is to innovate on the idea of having a traditional debate, which often does not allow candidates to meaningfully share how they will address important education issues. The website gives the candidates a neutral and nonpartisan platform where they can share their ideas to move education forward,” said Rich Nickel, the president and CEO of Education Forward Arizona.
The student interviewers, Shannon Taylor, Jose Luviano, Ezequias Fuentes and Odalis Lopez Villegas, each graduated from an Arizona high school and now attend a university, community college or tribal college in the state.
EdVotersArizona.org is an innovative project that grew out of Education Forward Arizona’s poll of likely voters, which found that Arizonans prioritize many education issues such as ensuring our schools have great teachers and leaders, increasing school funding and teacher pay, increasing access to early learning and helping more students go to college.
Education Forward Arizona is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the idea that improving the quality of education in Arizona will improve the quality of life for all Arizonans.