Student moderator Patrick Robles of Sunnyside High School, Candidates David Garcia and Steve Farley, and student moderator Aiselyn Anaya of Amphi High School.
Democrats in Arizona have two outstanding choices in the candidates for Governor: college professor David Garcia and veteran Arizona state senator Steve Farley — both of whom pledged to restore school funding and raise teacher salaries after years of sabotage by the Republican legislature and governor.
They spoke at an education town hall sponsored by the Arizona Education Association at Pueblo High School on the far south side.
Farley pledged to give teachers a 20% pay raise, to fully fund education, to sponsor a constitutional amendment to allow collective bargaining by teachers, and to block deportation of DACA recipients.
Best quotes by Farley:
- “Every time President Trump tweets, another Democratic activist is born.”
- “When Governor Ducey tell you we don’t have enough money for education, he’s lying.”
Garcia called for an end to reliance on standardized testing, restoring ethnic studies in schools, paying teachers as professionals, revising the public school funding formula, and going to teachers’ unions first to formulate school policy.
He repeatedly spoke in Spanish to the standing-room only audience, emphasizing his Latino heritage, and referring to himself as “The anti-Ducey.”
Best quotes by Garcia:
- “My goal is to have Arizona be one of the best places in the country to be a kid.”
- “The legislature looks at teachers like missionaries, as people who would teach just for the good of the kids. The reality is we must pay our teachers as professionals.”
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Tagged Arizona Inn, Arizona Legislature, David Garcia, Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona, LD 9, Steve Farley, Tucson
“Every time Trump tweets, a new Democratic activist is born.”
Candidate David Garcia plans to win the race for Arizona Governor by harnessing disaffected voters, and recruiting a generation of Latinos to become new voters who will support Democrats for years to come.
“To change Arizona and win in 2018 we need to focus on new voters,” Garcia told the Democrats of Greater Tucson yesterday in a rousing presentation. “We have a surge of Democratic energy. It’s incredible. We need to take this unique opportunity to get a group of reliable voters that we have not been able to bring out.”
He cited California as an example of a once-Republican state that is now solidly Democratic. The state’s Latino population boomed in the 1990s and they rejected the Republican hard-line stance on immigration. The state’s immigrant population has elected Democratic candidates decisively in every election since 1992.
Minority voters were a major factor in electing a Democrat to Governor in Virginia this month.
The Latino vote
“Latino voters vote for Democrats 70% of the time,” he said. “They are not engaged and we need to get them on board. The numbers are there to win.”
Repeating a quote from his Democratic rival Steve Farley, Garcia said, “Every time Trump tweets, a new Democratic activist is born.”
He cited three ways that he can take the Governor’s office away from Doug Ducey:
Posted in Campaigns, Education, Elections, Farley Report, Governor, Gun Policies, Immigration, Larry Bodine
Tagged Arizona, David Garcia, Doug Ducey, Dr. David Garcia, Governor
Nov. 1 – Flagstaff
Nov. 8 – Yuma
Nov. 29 – Phoenix
Nov. 30 Tucson
Specific location information for each is on our Blog for Arizona calendar for each of these dates: http://blogforarizona.net/calendar-2/.
Two Democratic candidates running for Governor: LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley and Dr. David Garcia, education professor at ASU, who ran for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in Nov. 2014.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Education, Tucson
Tagged AEA, Arizona Education Association, David Garcia, Democratic Gubernatorial candidates, education town halls, Flagstaff, Phoenix, public education, Steve Farley, yuma
Prepared and articulate, Democratic candidate for governor Steven Farley won a friendly debate with David Garcia at the Maricopa County Democrats convention in Phoenix on Aug. 19.
You can disagree in the comments, but Farley was clearly the candidate who can beat Doug Ducey:
- He had specific answers about funding education and where to get the money. Garcia gave general answers and anecdotes.
- Farley has actually been elected to office 6 times over the last 11 years.
- Garcia lost in the 2014 race for Superintendent of Public Instruction to Diane Douglas, who did not campaign publicly.
- Farley is a sitting state senator and Garcia is an ASU professor.
Hundreds of precinct committeemen and officers attended the event, which was live-cast on the party’s Facebook page and moderated by Brahm Resnik of NBC channel 12 news.
.6% Education Sales Tax
Farley: opposed, because it’s a regressive tax that hurts the poor. “The Arizona chamber of commerce says every year that we need to fund education and we need more corporate tax breaks, guess which one the legislature has listened to. These business leaders are calling for a 1% increase in your sales tax, but they should start calling for a tax increase on themselves. If they are sincere about improving our education system, they should share some of the burdens and not just let middle-class people take it again.”
Garcia: in favor, with an increase to 1% or 2%, but with additional dollars coming from closing tax loopholes. Continue reading
Posted in Campaigns, Education, Elections, Governor, Healthcare, Larry Bodine, Party Politics, Political Events
Tagged Arizona Inn, David Garcia, Doug Ducey, Governor, Governor of Arizona, LD 9, Steve Farley
LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley
“Save the date! June 5. Come join us and several very special guests to hear an exciting announcement from Senator Steve Farley. Come join us for refreshments and to hear Steve and special guests speak about the future of Arizona!”
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., at Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St. in Tucson. Event from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
RSVP via FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/250667338670455/
Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com
Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns & Money wants Democrats to stop trying to woo old white people who hate them:
So what’s up? I think there are a few really important points. Democrats need to just stop trying to appeal to old white people. White men voted for the GOP 64-34. It is a loser strategy. This demographic overwhelmingly votes GOP. Alison Grimes, who ran an utterly pathetic and embarrassing campaign, refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama is the prototype of how not to do it. No one is going to believe you. Heard a bunch about the North Carolina race last night and all the discussion about how Ebola, ISIS, and immigration dominated voters’ agenda. When I hear those three things in this context, I hear three words: racism, racism, and racism. And the Supreme Court supporting racist policies to restrict blacks from voting by eviscerating the Voting Rights Act allowed racists to indeed restrict black voting in meaningful ways that may well have swung North Carolina to the execrable Thom Tillis. Developing entire political campaigns to swing a few of these voters to the Democrats isn’t going to work–as we saw quite clearly last night. Continue reading
Posted in Activism, Arizona State Legislature, Campaigns, Civil Rights, Donna Gratehouse, Education, Elections
Tagged 2014 midterms, arizona democrats, ballot splitting, David Garcia, erik loomis, Fred DuVal, lawyers guns & money, new york times, Terry Goddard, ticket splitting