PR: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Endorses Senator John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today announced his endorsement of State Senator John Huppenthal for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2010.

Senator Huppenthal, the current Senate Education Chairman, is weighing a potential run for this position in 2010 and opened an exploratory committee last month to measure public support. The current Superintendent, Tom Horne, cannot run for re-election due to term limits.

“I hope Senator Huppenthal runs,” said Sheriff Arpaio. “If he does, I’ll work hard to help elect him.”

“Senator Huppenthal’s legislation has helped prevent many juvenile crimes. He has been a driving force behind expanded school choice in Arizona,” said Arpaio. “Parents often know when a particular school isn’t working for their child. The ability to move a struggling student to a different school can help prevent that child from dropping out, using drugs or joining a gang.”

Huppenthal is one of Arizona’s leading authorities on education issues. In addition to being the current Senate Education Chairman, Huppenthal has served for 17 consecutive years on the State House and State Senate education committees.

Huppenthal played a key role in helping create school choice for parents. In 1995, as Senate Education Chairman, his legislation took the caps off charter schools. This legislation moved Arizona to first in the nation in school choice (ALEC rankings). In addition, Congressman Trent Franks named Senator Huppenthal one of three legislators most responsible for creating and expanding tuition tax credits in Arizona.

During Huppenthal’s legislative career he successfully developed and passed over 200 bills – the most of any legislator in Arizona history.

“Improving Arizona’s schools has been my life’s work” said Huppenthal. “I’ve worked closely with teachers and parents on education issues for nearly two decades, so I’m very familiar with the challenges and opportunities Arizona schools face.”

Sheriff Arpaio’s support would be a boost to a potential Huppenthal candidacy for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Arpaio has tremendous support statewide from Republican primary voters. Arpaio also enjoys widespread support among Independent voters and Democrats. According to the Statewide Rasmussen Poll conducted on March 17, 2009, Sheriff Arpaio had a higher approval rating than President Obama and the Governor with 68%.

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