Udall takes step in run for schools chief

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By Nathan Brown | Arizona Capitol Times  October 8, 2021

Rep. Michelle Udall has become the latest House member to seek higher office. 

The Mesa Republican, who is a high school math teacher and chairwoman of the House Education Committee, filed a statement of interest to run for superintendent of public instruction on Wednesday. She joins a field of Republicans hoping to take on Democratic incumbent Kathy Hoffman that, while crowded, doesn’t include many well-known names. 

Udall said she has been going back and forth on whether to run for a while. She thinks schools need to refocus on what she views as their core mission of educating students. 

“I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m pretty passionate about education policy and about ensuring that our kids get a quality education,” she said. “The past couple of years, it seems like school has been about anything but school.” 

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