Career Educator Rex Scott Takes on Ally Miller for Pima Supervisor

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Rex Scott
Rex Scott, Democratic candidate for Pima County Supervisor, District 1

Rex Scott, a public school teacher and principal for 27 years, is a fresh, new Democratic face who has entered the race for Pima County Supervisor in District 1 to challenge failed incumbent Ally Miller.

A towering, friendly figure at 6-foot-5, Scott plans to be a supervisor who is openly available to residents, talks to the media, and attends public forums. “I commit to having frequent public meetings and town halls, and will make myself available to any group about what’s going on in county government,” he said.

This is in stark contrast to Miller, who is a bitter, isolated figure who refuses to speak to news reporters, goes on right-wing fringe radio to insult her colleagues, and has waged a pointless war with the county administrator.

District 1 encompasses Marana, Oro Valley and The Foothills north of River Road. It is a Republican-leaning district with 54,000 Republicans, 46,000 Democrats and importantly — 41,000 independents. Scott plans a grass-roots, door-to-door campaign focusing on independent voters and “persuadable Republicans.” To this end, Scott has a hidden asset.

Scott, age 56, has been a registered voter for 38 years. However the first 19 of those years he was a moderate Republican in Ohio, and served as such on the Athens, OH, city council. “When I was a city councilman, I sponsored an ordinance protecting sexual orientation in public housing. I was always very green, we started curbside recycling service. I was always pro-choice and pro-public education,” he says.

Rex Scott and his wife Teri
Rex Scott and his wife Teri, who have been married for 25 years. They are parents to 24-year old twins, Caitlin and Trent.

He moved to Pima County in 1991 and quit the Republican party in 2000 as it was veering to the right. Scott registered as a Democrat in 2004 in Arizona. “I’m going after persuadable Republicans. I’m not going to leave any voter off the table,” he says. “I have name recognition in those Republican areas. As a person who had an “R”  after their name, I can appeal to people who want a supervisor who represents Republicanism as they remember it.”

A former teacher, Scott has held the following school leadership positions from 2000-2019:

  • Assistant Principal at Doolen Middle School in TUSD from 2000-2002
  • Principal of Howenstine High School in TUSD from 2002-2004
  • Assistant Principal at Ironwood Ridge High School in Amphi from 2004-2009
  • Principal of Catalina High School in TUSD from 2009-2014
  • Principal of Tortolita Middle School in Marana from 2014-2019

Both Ironwood Ridge and Tortolita are schools within District 1. Now retired, Scott volunteers as a counselor in Mountain View High School.

Service and results

“Being a school leader has prepared me well to be a county supervisor. Supervisors are supposed to set policy and provide direction for the Pima County government, comparable what we expect of principals. Principals are supposed to be responsive to the needs of constituents — that is, the students — crafting and executing policy,” he says.

Scott says his two big themes are service and results. “You have a right to expect that a public official will give selfless service and produce results for the people you represent, responding to their needs, whether it’s helping an individual navigate the bureaucracy or serving the overall needs of the community with law enforcement, roads, and parks.”

Scott will be a breath of fresh air compared to incumbent Ally Miller, who serves only zealots in the Pima County Tea Party, which she founded. Her public campaign consists of road signs featuring a 20-year old photo of herself. Miller has accomplished nothing in office, regularly voting against the county budget and pursuing a plan to fix county roads that has garnered little support. She is best known for saying, “I am WHITE – and proud of it! No apologies necessary” after a Nazi used a car to murder a protestor at a rally in Charlottesville, VA in 2017.

In other news, substitute teacher Jeff Farrell also filed as a Democratic candidate for the District 1 seat.

 

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Rex Scott was the kindest and most inspirational administrator I had during my time at Ironwood Ridge High School. He was well known around campus for his relentless attitude in coaching students to be the best versions of themselves. I found myself fortunate to intersect with Rex at a point in my life where I didn’t value education and had no confidence in my intelligence. His unconditional dedication to me as a student was integral in my embrace in education and purpose as I furthered my academic career. I owe him a debt of gratitude for steering me in the right direction and can happily say that he was a key-factor in my success. Since graduating IRHS I’ve sold multi-million dollar real estate in Los Angeles, been a part of many non-profits, and am now happy to be working in some capacity with Microsoft. Rex Scott would be an excellent choice for this office and I hope that he will get an opportunity to bring the same hope and much needed change he did to me to Pima County.

  2. Tough district for Democrats with a 7805 voter edge by the Rs:
    DISTRICT 1 45,856 (D) 53,662 (R) 1,010 (L) 212 (G) 41,531(I) 142,271 total registered voters
    And Supervisor Miller is a 2 term incumbent.
    In Nov. 2016 Miller got 57,900 votes (54.21%) to Dem Brian Bickel’s 48,767 (45.66%) in this D 1 race.

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