An Open Letter from Senator Russell Pearce to Arizona Conservatives

Dear Friend,

Arizona’s schools need improvement.  We’ve increased per student spending by nearly 30% in recent years.  The result?  According to The Arizona Republic, “The Class of 2009 posted average SAT scores that are among the lowest in at least a decade.” (8/26/2009) Other measures show academic achievement in Arizona schools either flat or on the decline.

Clearly, taxpayers are not getting the value they deserve for their hard earned tax dollars, and many students aren’t getting the education they’ll need to succeed in the workplaces of tomorrow.

I believe State Senator John Huppenthal is the leader we need to bring about improvement in Arizona’s schools, and I’m urging Arizona conservatives to support his candidacy for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

I know John well.  We’ve served side by side in the Arizona legislature for many years, fighting on behalf of taxpayers and the law-abiding citizens of this state.

Improving Arizona schools is John’s life’s work.  He is a respected expert on the topic, having served 17 consecutive years on the State House and State Senate education committees.  Some of John’s legislative accomplishments to improve the quality of education include:

  • Lifting the caps on charter school enrollment, dramatically increasing school choice
  • Passage of Arizona’s Tuition Tax Credit Law, enabling thousands of students attend the school of their choice
  • Supporting English language immersion for students who can’t speak English
  • Passing legislation to stop non-resident illegal aliens from attending Arizona schools, a major problem at schools along the Mexico border and a drain on taxpayer funds
  • Providing the very best computer technology for our students in our schools for the deaf and blind
  • Establishing a model summer school for children with autism; bringing the best research to Arizona for educating these special children
  • Developing best practices in the discipline of special needs students
  • Improving assessment data and the measurement of academic gains of students and districts
  • Increasing vocational education opportunities for students
  • Developing and passing the “best home school laws in the nation,” according to Tom Lewis, President of Arizona Families for Home Education

I believe that with John Huppenthal’s leadership as Arizona’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction, Arizona schools will be well positioned for steady improvements in academic achievement.

John is strongly opposed to bi-lingual education and supports English immersion for students who can’t speak English.  He is committed to ending “social promotion” and will demand accountability and higher standards.

In addition to his conservative track record on education issues, John has proven himself to be a leader Arizonans can trust on other issues as well.

John has worked hard to stop illegal immigration, protect life and marriage, secure our Second Amendment rights and fight wasteful spending.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Len Munsil, Congressman Trent Franks and other conservative leaders across Arizona have endorsed John and are helping the campaign.

Now, John needs conservatives like YOU to help spread the word.

Please take the time to tell your friends and neighbors about John Huppenthal’s campaign for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

I’ve been in some tough campaigns myself, facing off against some of the same liberal groups that are sure to come after John.  I know from experience that word of mouth advertising is more powerful than television or piece of mail.

As conservatives, we fight to  preserve Faith, Family, Freedom and Country.  I’m grateful you’ve taken the time to read this letter.  Thank you, and may God bless you and may God continue to bless this great Republic.


Russell Pearce
State Senator


  1. Veritas Vincit says

    Russell … tho no stranger to being the object of the ire of others, this action is over the top.

    Huppenthal is a windbag who’s time on the stage of Arizona politics should have ended two years ago.

  2. Pragmatic Conservative says

    Margaret Dugan can win and is by far the most knowledgeable and qualified.. Huppenthal has a lot of baggage that can be exploited by the Dem’s.

  3. Red Arizona says

    Margaret Dugan is #2 at the Department of Education and has accomplished little to nothing to improve education in our state over the last 7 or 8 years. Test scores are down and almost half our youth can’t even read at a basic level by 4th grade.

    Why would we want 4 more years of that?

    Huppenthal has led the conservative education charge for years. We need someone like him to clean things up NOT someone who has been a part of the problem.

  4. Jacobite says

    No matter who wins the position, the problems of mass public education will exist and continue to fester!

    What is needed is a Constitutional Revision to adopt a voucher plan giving the property tax payers the right to make their own decisions regarding the beneficiary school.

    Why not apply market principles to education?

  5. Margaret Dugan is a loose cannon. She gets angry and irate when you don’t agree with her. She is not open to discussion on issues. If you want the status quo she is the person, but if you want real change in education John Huppenthal is the only candidate who will make major changes that are desperately needed.
    Here is the video of their last debate. If you watch the whole thing you will see at the end how Dugan begins to lose it and that anger begins to brew. Looks like the beginning of a temper tantrum.

  6. Stephen Kohut says

    We had Dr. Ladner from the Goldwater Institute and candidates for Supr. Of Pub. inst, including Dugan, at our Tea Party meeting. Dr. Ladner gave a presentation on the state of education in AZ. Each candidate gave their stump speech and then we opened it up for questions and debate. When asked if public education in AZ needed a major overhaul Dugan stated that, while there were some school that individually needed work, the system was performing well overall and did not need any major changes. Our members and Dr. Ladner begged to differ with Dugan. Dugan is Tom Horne status quo. She is your gal if what you want is to spend lots of money and have kids that still can’t read. When asked, Dr. Ladner stated that Huppenthal was most in line with the institutes recommendations.

  7. BarnStormer7 says

    I love Russell and just like the Penguin “Skipper” in the cartoon show – “Soldier, I’d share a foxhole with you anytime.”
    I don’t always agree with Russell, but I’d love him as a neighbor, but unfortunately I live in a subdivision full of communists and thanks to the fools who have run this state for the past two decades, am stuck due to the real estate to live here a bit longer.

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