Kathy Hoffman

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Kathy Hoffman
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22nd Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
Governor Doug Ducey
Preceded by Diane Douglas
Personal details
Born1985/1986 (age 32–33) [1]
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education University of Oregon (BA)
University of Arizona (MS)

Kathy Hoffman is an American Democratic politician who is the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2019.

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Education and career

Hoffman earned a bachelors degree in Japanese Studies at the University of Oregon in 2009 and a master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Arizona in 2013. She taught pre-school before beginning her career as a speech-language pathologist. Before running for office, Hoffman worked as a speech-language pathologist at Vail Unified School District and Peoria Unified School District. [2]

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Hoffman is fluent in both Japanese and Spanish.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

In 2018, Hoffman defeated former California Republican Congressman Frank Riggs in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, [3] after Hoffman defeated former state senator David Schapira in the Democratic primary in a surprise upset. [4] She said she was inspired to run after watching the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary Education. [5] Running as a clean elections candidate, Hoffman managed to out-raise her opponent 2-to-1. [6]

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Elections

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Democratic primary election, 2018 [7]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Kathy Hoffman254,56652.27
Democratic David Schapira 232,41947.73
Total votes484,748100.0
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction election, 2018 [8]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Kathy Hoffman1,185,45751.56
Republican Frank Riggs 1,113,78148.44
Total votes2,299,238100.0

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Concerning Charter Schools “Any charter expenditure must be in the best interest of the schools and the students they serve. I appreciate the Governor’s recommendation to increase staff at the charter school board.” - February 5, 2019 [9]

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References

  1. Flaherty, Joseph (12 November 2018). "AP: First-Time Candidate Kathy Hoffman Wins Arizona Superintendent Race".
  2. Flaherty, Joseph (30 August 2018). "Can This 32-Year-Old Teacher Be Arizona's Next Superintendent?".
  3. Flaherty, Joseph (12 November 2018). "AP: First-Time Candidate Kathy Hoffman Wins Arizona Superintendent Race".
  4. Campbell, Katie. "Hoffman victorious in schools chief Democratic primary – Arizona Capitol Times". azcapitoltimes.com.
  5. "What experience does a state superintendent need, and does Kathy Hoffman have it?".
  6. "Republicans have cash edge in expensive campaigns for Arizona's statewide offices".
  7. https://azsos.gov/sites/default/files/2018%200910%20Signed%20Statewide%20Canvass.pdf
  8. "Arizona Election Results". results.arizona.vote.
  9. "Hoffman lays out key issues". Chamber Business News. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Diane Douglas
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
2019–present
Incumbent