Today, Buckeye small business owner and Republican candidate for Senate District 13 Toby Farmer promised to donate the proceeds of his entire legislative salary to teachers during his first term if he is elected in the November 2014 election.
Farmer, who has long stated that he is running for office because he believes in public service, has also been a strong proponent of business owners giving back to the community.
“As the son of two public school teachers, I know what these teachers go through,” said Farmer. “They’re underpaid, underappreciated, and it seems like they are receiving less support from the legislature every year.”
“We’ve got teachers spending money out of their own pockets on school supplies,” said Farmer. “The fact that the state is even considering a pay raise for legislators while teachers struggle is unconscionable.”
Farmer announced that he would donate the entire proceeds of his yearly salary to teachers in his district in both Yuma and Maricopa counties every year of his first two-year term if elected by voters this November. Arizona legislators are paid $24,000 per year.
While the exact process has not been determined yet, Farmer noted that the nomination process would require community, student, and parent involvement from constituents in the district.
“We have all been impacted by teachers in our lives and I know looking back, I wish I could say “thank you” to all of them,” said Farmer. “I want to be a conservative and compassionate voice for the education community at the legislature. This is one small way I can show my commitment to the real heroes in our community.”