Candidate for governor’s focus is on education, inclusion


KINGMAN – Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia made a campaign swing through Mohave County Wednesday. He made two appearances in Lake Havasu City after morning visits in Bullhead City and downtown Kingman.

“I am first and foremost an educator. I’m a professor and I believe that our path through economic development and our path to prosperity is through education, and you are not going to get a governor more committed to public education than me,” Garcia said at the Beale Street Brews Coffee Lounge.  He pledged making the effort to ensure adequate funding for education and proper compensation for the workforce. Garcia has won the endorsement of the Arizona Education Association.


Garcia, who ran for the state Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014, noted it will take more than money to improve education in Arizona. He said freedom in the classroom is important and that a dynamic learning environment is essential.

“We’re going to take back our fascination with standardized testing and get back to allowing our schools and our teachers to teach real world outcomes that are going to get students ready for life after high school. There are no multiple choice tests in life. Nobody walks up to you and says ‘fill in the bubble.’ We need to get our students ready to create when they lead, to be innovative when they lead and to solve problems when they lead.”

Garcia said respect for the environment and assuring affordable health care for all Arizonans are important issues for his campaign. He said he is an Arizona native from Mesa who understands rural residents need to have a voice in governance.

“As governor, if you gather people we’ll come out and not just to tell you what happened in Phoenix and to inform you but to get out here early enough for you to be part of the conversation,” Garcia said.

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