AZ Supt. of Public Instruction: Douglas, Garcia win nominations
Republican Diane Douglas
Democrat David Garcia
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
State voters have chosen Diane Douglas as the Republican nominee for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in Tuesday's primary.
Douglas defeated John Huppenthal for the right to square off in November against David Garcia, the winner of the Democratic race.
"That's my work - to get our education system turned back to parents, moms, dads, teachers," Douglas told CBS 5 News after her nomination. "Get it out of Washington and get it our of the hands of a few privileged corporations because it never belonged there in the first place."
Douglas has previously served on the Peoria Unified School District governing board and was board president in 2008 and 2009.
Garcia is an associate professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.
Incumbent Huppenthal assumed office on Jan. 3, 2011. His political background includes serving as city councilman, state representative and state senator.
Huppenthal's re-election bid ran into a snag when he admitted making offensive anonymous postings while serving as Arizona's top education official. He called welfare recipients "lazy pigs" who mooch off the government, among other insults. Huppenthal broke down in tears at a news conference as he apologized.
Douglas has made repealing the Obama administration's Common Core standards her main campaign issue.
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