Educational choice candidates prevail across Arizona

PHOENIX (Nov. 5, 2014) — The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, and its state affiliate the Arizona Federation for Children, congratulates Arizona’s next governor, Doug Ducey who promises to be a strong supporter of educational choice for Arizona families, and celebrates winning 16 out of 17 of its targeted races.

“Arizona is a national leader among states offering innovative educational options and voters affirmed their support for candidates who want to empower parents, expand options and strengthen the state’s educational choice programs,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “We congratulate Mr. Ducey and look forward to working closely with him to do what is right for Arizona’s children.”

During Ducey’s speech last night, he vowed to make high-quality educational options available to all parents “whatever their means, wherever they live.” As the current Arizona State Treasurer, Ducey has been a school choice champion, playing a significant role in implementing Empowerment Scholarship Accounts for Arizona families.

In the state legislative races, the American Federation for Children provided more than $300,000 in independent expenditures to support school choice candidates in the primary and general elections.

In the primary, 11 out of 11 of AFC supported candidates prevailed and tonight in the general election 6 out of 6 AFC preferred candidates won their election.

“Arizona voters sent a message – they strongly embraced candidates who support educational choice and are willing to challenge the status quo,” said Kim Martinez. “We’re proud of the strong and growing bipartisan coalition of legislative leaders who believe in empowering parents with educational choice.”

AFC legislative race highlights:

Legislative District 6 – Sylvia Allen won the seat
Legislative District 6 – Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe won house seats
Legislative District 18 – Jeff Dial won the senate seat
Legislative District 18 – Jill Norgaard won the house seat
Legislative District 27 –Reginald Bolding won the house seat

Additional details about the election results can be found in the following memo: 

The Arizona Federation for Children is a state-based affiliate for the American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice.