2022 Arizona superintendent of public instruction race: The candidates

By Ben Giles
Published: Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 10:43am
Updated: Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 12:17pm

Here are the candidates for Arizona's superintendent of public instruction race in the 2022 midterms.

Kathy Hoffman

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Kathy Hoffman for Superintendent
Kathy Hoffman

Party: Democrat
Website: electkathyhoffman.com

Kathy Hoffman is running for reelection after winning as a first-time candidate in 2018. She previously worked as a pre-school teacher and a speech-language pathologist. As superintendent, she’s been a strong advocate of public schools and an opponent of expanding access to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, Arizona’s school voucher program.

Tom Horne

Tom Horne
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Tom Horne at KJZZ's studio in 2015.

Party: Republican
Website: electtomhorne.com

Tom Horne is running for an office he previously held for eight years, serving from 2003 to 2011. After that he was elected as Arizona’s Attorney General, but lost a re-election bid amid allegations of campaign finance violations and an FBI investigation that unveiled an extra-marital affair. Seeking public office once more, Horne is running on a platform to fight critical race theory, stop cancel culture and promote patriotism.

Shiry Sapir

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Party: Republican
Website: shirysapir.com

Shiry Sapir’s longshot campaign is focused on combating what she calls indoctrination: critical race theory, anti-police books and comprehensive sexuality education, according to her campaign website. The mother of three says she’s previously worked as a real estate broker, property manager and interior designer.

Michelle Udall

Michelle Udall
Arizona House Republican Caucus
Michelle Udall

Party: Republican
Website: michelleudall.com

Michelle Udall’s campaign website cites school closures during the pandemic and critical race theory as reasons for entering the race. The state representative has been a strong advocate for school choice at the Arizona Legislature, but has been cautious against voting for universal access to school vouchers — an issue Arizona voters rejected via referendum in 2018.

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