Tempe Councilmember David Schapira has announced his candidacy against AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, a Republican.
“David Schapira was elected to the Tempe City Council in August 2014.
The Schapira family came to Arizona in 1944. David was born in west Mesa and first moved to Tempe in 1984. David and his wife, Rosemary, a Tempe educator, live in central Tempe where they are raising their two young daughters, Elliot and Sydney.
David has dedicated his life to improving his community. In high school, he was a leader in the Kiwanis youth group, Key Club. David, a cancer survivor, has also volunteered with the American Cancer Society. He is on the board of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society and is also active with various other non-profits and service initiatives.
Professionally, he has worked as a high school teacher, a school administrator, an ASU instructor and a small-business owner. Currently, David serves as the Assistant Superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology, a public school district that offers high quality career and technical education to students across the East Valley.
Public service has also been a significant part of David’s life. In 2006, he was first elected to represent Tempe in the Arizona House of Representatives. After four productive years in the House, he was elected to the Senate and selected by his peers to serve as Arizona’s Senate Minority Leader. Most recently, David was a member of the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board.”