Diane Douglas

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Diane Douglas
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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Huppenthal (R)
Compensation
Base salary$85,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Education
AssociatesSomerset County College
Bachelor'sRutgers University
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Diane Douglas is the current Republican Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was narrowly elected to her first term as the state's chief education official on November 4, 2014, edging out her Democratic opponent David Garcia by one percentage point.[1] Douglas took office on January 5, 2015, succeeding incumbent John Huppenthal (R), whom she defeated for the party's nomination in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014.

Immediately after her election, Douglas faced a recall effort by voters who felt she was not qualified for the position. Learn more about this effort by jumping to the political career section.

Biography

Douglas worked in accounting and financial analysis for several firms prior to her election. She has also been a panelist at conferences sponsored by AZ Right to Life and Americans for Prosperity.[2]

Education

  • Associate's degree in business, Somerset County College
  • Bachelor's degree in business and marketing, Rutgers University[2]

Political career

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction (2015-present)

Douglas was first elected as the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014. She was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, succeeding single-term Superintendent John Huppenthal (R), who was ousted by Douglas in the Republican primary on August 26, 2014.

Recall effort

See also: State Superintendent of Public Instruction recall, Arizona (2015)

Anthony Espinoza, an elementary school teacher in Phoenix, first broached the subject of recalling Douglas by creating a Recall Diane Douglas Facebook page in November 2014. Espinoza later created a website for the recall effort, which made the following arguments for removing Douglas from office:

Diane Douglas has no experience teaching a classroom of children or enacting public policy.

She ran a shadow campaign, only speaking to friendly conservative media and failing to show up to 16 public events.

After being declared the winner, she has yet to discuss what plans she has to improve education in the state of Arizona aside from attempting to do something that she has no legal authority to accomplish: repealing Common Core.

It is for the good of the students, parents, teachers and schools of Arizona that we must work together to Recall Diane Douglas! [3]

—Recall Diane Douglas, (2014) [4]

The Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas filed political committee paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State on November 24, 2014.[5] The state prohibits circulation of recall petitions until six months after an official takes office, which means that the recall effort cannot start until July 2015.[6]

Dispute with Gov. Doug Ducey

Douglas and Gov. Doug Ducey (R) debated the proposed firing of two employees of the Arizona Board of Education in February 2015. Douglas, who campaigned on eliminating Common Core standards from the state curriculum, sought to remove board employees Christine Thompson and Sabrina Vazquez on February 11. A letter sent by department legal counsel Stephen Tully indicated that the duo were fired for not reporting to Douglas rather than their efforts to stop the repeal of new standards.[7] Thompson and Vazquez were locked out of their offices until Gov. Doug Ducey (R) intervened on February 12, arguing that Douglas did not have power to remove board employees. The board also voted to restore Thompson and Vazquez on February 13, with Douglas as the only dissenting vote. Douglas countered that Ducey should not have intervened in the matter in a press release with the title, "Arizona Superintendent of Public Schools Diane Douglas Did Not See Doug Ducey's Name on the Ballot for State Superintendent." State Sen. Kelli Ward (R) has proposed a change to state law that would leave decisions on board personnel to other board members rather than the superintendent.[8][9]

Elections

2014

See also: Arizona down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Douglas ran for election to the office of Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. Douglas defeated incumbent John Huppenthal in the Republican primary election on August 26, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary election
Arizona Superintendent of Public instruction, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Douglas 58.4% 290,719
John Huppenthal Incumbent 41.6% 206,744
Total Votes 497,463
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.

General election

Superintendent of Arizona, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Douglas 50.5% 740,273
     Democratic David Garcia 49.5% 724,239
Total Votes 1,464,512
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Douglas's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

I began studying the American education system and the federal government's ever increasing intrusion into our local control since the early 1990s. I did it on my own, for my own edification rather than through a college of "education" in order to add letters after my name.

I've studied the history of our education system; the intent of our Founding Fathers for public education; curriculum trends and fads; lawsuits that have changed our education system by judicial fiat and so much more. I went wherever the trail led. So much of what I studied "in theory", I then experienced in practice while serving on the Peoria Unified School District governing board.

The two most important duties we have, as a society, are protect our country, borders and sovereignty; and to educate our children to perpetuate the liberty with which we have been blessed as a nation. The prior is the proper, constitutional role of the federal government, the latter is not. Currently the federal government has its roles reversed.

While I have been blessed with various opportunities the single most important "job" I have held in my adult life was being a full time mother; anything I have ever done or achieved pales in comparison. [3]

—Diane Douglas's campaign website, (2014) [2]

Polls

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Republican Primary
Poll Diane Douglas John Huppenthal*UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
32%25%43%+/-4.02593
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
35%25%40%+/-4.0691
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
39%34%28%+/-3.44812
AVERAGES 35.33% 28% 37% +/-3.82 698.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


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Political offices
Preceded by
John Huppenthal (R)
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
2015-present
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