The Latest: Arizona governor and Democratic rival debate
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the debate between incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic candidate David Garcia (all times local):
Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia and incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey are arguing about education issues in Arizona during the first of two televised debates this week.
Garcia said Monday night that Arizona is in an “education crisis” while Ducey says he’s been dealing with problems in the state’s public school system by offering teacher raises and announcing plans for an academy for instructors.
Garcia is calling Ducey’s plans “half measures and broken promises.”
Education is a key issue in Arizona, where a statewide teacher strike shut down public schools for six days in the spring.
The teachers returned to class after Ducey signed a plan to give them a 20 percent pay raise: 9 percent in the fall and about 5 percent in each of the following two years.
Incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic candidate David Garcia are participating in televised debates this week in Phoenix and Tucson.
The first debate at 5 p.m. local time Monday will be in Phoenix, with the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and Arizona PBS participating.
The second one is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Tucson, with the participation of Arizona Public Media, KJZZ radio and the Arizona Daily Star.
Immigration and education have emerged as major issues during the campaign.
Ducey has stressed increased security along Arizona’s southern border aimed at stopping the flow of drugs and illegal immigration into the United States.
Garcia has focused on improving the state’s public education system. He is a fourth-generation Arizona Latino who served in the military and now works as an education professor.