David R. Garcia is running for Governor of Arizona to replace Doug Ducey who has prioritized policies that favor corporate tax cuts over boosting spending on the Arizona’s schools. Ducey also signed into law a massive expansion of the state’s private school voucher program, which will bleed even more cash from public schools.
David is a native Arizonan and a product of Arizona’s public schools. Prior to attending college, he proudly served in the U.S. Army Infantry, where he excelled as an expert marksman, was awarded the Humanitarian Award and the Army Achievement Medal, and was trained as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Specialist. David received a Bachelor of Arts and Honors Diploma from Arizona State University, where he was recognized as the 1993 ASU Man of the Year. He also holds a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago in Education Policy, Research and Institutional Studies.
David is now an Associate Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. David’s professional experience includes extensive work in state and national education policy development and implementation. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he served as the state Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction for Standards and Accountability, Director of Research and Policy for the Arizona Department of Education, research analyst for the Arizona State Senate Education Committee and as a peer consultant for the U.S. Department of Education. David has contributed his leadership and research expertise to many state education organizations including the Arizona State Board of Education, the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU and the Arizona Humanities Council. He is the director of the Arizona Education Policy Initiative and currently serves on the board of the Arizona Latino Research Enterprise. He has been recognized by Phoenix magazine and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to public education.
As an assistant Superintendent at the AZ Department of Education and a professor at ASU, David has invested time and energy in helping teachers and school leaders across the state. David has seen first-hand how our elected leaders have failed our public schools. Arizona has experienced deeper cuts to K-12 schools and higher education than any other state in the country. David is committed to building a world-class K-12 and higher education system and asking the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share.
David plans to provide universal community college education for all degree or certificate seeking students while working towards tuition and debt-free four year degrees for all Arizona students at public universities. David knows that if we want to create a solid middle class with good paying jobs, we need to remove barriers to better opportunities. Arizonans shouldn’t be excluded from economic success because of skyrocketing tuition and suffocating education debt.