Hi, I’m Kevin McCormick, and I'm running for governor because I realized my American dream in Arizona. 16 years ago, with $2,000 in my pocket and everything that mattered to me in the back of my car, I moved from Ohio to South Phoenix to take a sales job. Little did I know that this is where I would fall in love with my wife and raise our two beautiful children.
I settled here while the tech industry was growing up too, and especially now that our daughters are attending public school, I’ve grown extremely concerned about the disconnects I see between the job market and the education system here in Arizona.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in these 16 years of solving problems in a complex industry, it’s that our economy is constantly evolving -- and our schools aren’t keeping up. The overload of standardized testing forces teachers into one-size-fits-all boxes, and Arizona pays them less than any other state in the country but one.
We can’t keep taxing and spending our way out of this problem. It’s not fair to YOU for the government to keep taking more and more of your money, giving it to corporations to lock more people up, and then acting like they can’t possibly imagine where they’d get the money to pay teachers.
It doesn’t have to be this way. I have a plan to bring hundreds of thousands of jobs back to Arizona and to give teachers ten times the raise they got from Governor Ducey this year -- without taxing your income, your property, or the food you put on your table to pay for it.
I’m running for governor because my kids deserve better, and so do yours. I feel like I owe Arizona more, and I’m running as a Libertarian because I believe that you have a fundamental right to live your life the way you want, as long as you’re not harming anyone else.