By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star
David Garcia announced Wednesday he wants to be the Democrat who takes on incumbent Republican Doug Ducey for governor, saying the state’s new expanded voucher system will cause great harm to public schools.
Garcia, who narrowly lost a bid to be Arizona school superintendent in 2014, told a crowd of supporters he had considered another try for that office next year. But that, he said, was before Ducey “landed the most devastating blow to public education in state history” last week, by signing into law legislation to expand the ability of parents to use tax dollars to send their children to private and parochial schools.
“He signed a voucher bill that will take hundreds of millions of dollars away from our public schools,” Garcia said. That, he said, changed his plans.