Steve King announces candidacy for Yavapai County School Superintendent

Steve King

Steve King

My name is Steve King and I am a Republican candidate for the Yavapai County School Superintendent. For the past 30 years, 20 of those in charter schools, I have had the honor of serving children and families as a teacher’s aide to a superintendent in Arizona, with the last 23 in Yavapai County. My service has included public and private schools – preschool through community college, playing a part in helping to create conditions for student success.

But, I am deeply troubled by much of what I have seen over these years, and have seen children facing challenges unthought of in times past that test our patience and resolve. A friend recently observed to me that, “we are careless with our children,” and it seems sadly so at times.

The opposite of careless is careful – full of care – and we should be careful with our children, and schools are a big part of that. Schools partnered with families and communities have the power to increase positive outcomes for our children, who will become our future adults.

I believe that education is the basis of all other professions and forms the foundation of effective citizenship, which requires skill, ambition, and opportunity. I believe in the promise of America and our striving to form a more perfect union founded on the beliefs of our founders. Strong schools equal strong children. Strong children equal strong adults. Strong adults equal strong citizens. Strong citizens equal a strong nation.

I am also very humbled to be endorsed by our current Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter; he is a great man who has provided steady, innovative, and bold leadership over the past 50 or so years. I am grateful for his guidance, and he would not be an easy act to follow. Although I didn’t attend Prescott High and didn’t get the chance to have him for a teacher, he has taught me as much about civics as anyone.

The coming years hold great opportunity and will require fortitude, collaboration, and hard work. I approach this challenge with great hope and humility.

Information and photo provided by Steve King.

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