I will represent 100 percent of the people

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Guest Commentary, KATHY KNECHT, Legislative District 21 candidate

Kathy Knecht
Legislative District 21 candidate

As the independent candidate for state Senate in Legislative District 21, I must provide factual information in response to a claim made in a mailer from Rick Gray that appeared in mailboxes recently.

It’s easy to claim to be pro “Quality K-12 Schools.” But, tragically, our public schools are in a crisis, which has been caused by politicians at the Legislature, including Gray. In six of the last 10 years, Gray has been a legislator, during which time, Arizona cut more money from our kids’ schools than any other state in America. This left us with the worst teacher pay in the nation, crowded classrooms and crumbling buildings.

Gray has voted to expand vouchers, which take money out of public schools — and as recently as this year, Gray voted to expand tax credits for private school tuition. Every tax dollar that goes to unaccountable private schools is one less dollar for an already starving public school system. And while the state has reneged on its obligation to fund schools, the tax burden has been shifted onto local property owners. Gray says he prioritizes our schools, but his record says otherwise.

I’ve served on the school board in an A rated district since 2007 and led the Arizona School Boards Association. My approach has been simple: Do the right thing for our kids’ schools and don’t worry about politics or partisanship. That’s why I have so many supporters who are Republicans, Democrats and independents.

Here’s the main difference between me and Gray: I have an impeccable record and a solid reputation as a real champion for public education. I’ve led in the West Valley without the tarnish of partisanship for more than 20 years. I have been elected three times as a non-partisan, and there is growing excitement for a state senator who will finally put people over politics.

Last October, I launched my campaign with a “Red, White and Blue” party, where my Republican supporters wore red, my Democrat supporters wore blue and my independent supporters wore white. We came together to imagine a future in which we can all work together to focus on common issues and solve real problems. The following week, Gray was co-host of a “Keep the West Valley Red” party — an effort to keep things as is, and put party first.

I want to represent 100 percent of the people in LD21, and arrive at win-win solutions for all of us.

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