Hi, I’m Kevin McCormick, and I'm running for governor of Arizona because this is where I realized my American dream. 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, or that we would raise two beautiful children together here.
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.
If we can’t figure out a way to pay our teachers what they deserve, how can we protect them? We literally can’t keep the lights on in some of our schools. How do we expect the next generation of Arizonans to thrive like this? Governor Ducey ran on a promise to put education first, and like so many before him, has failed to deliver.
I’m running for governor because my kids deserve better than this, 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.
I’m tired of hearing the two parties say completely different things but then go and do the same things -- both making the government an even bigger bureaucracy. Then each blames the other that they weren’t able to do what they promised to do, and we buy it every time.
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.
We can have better government in Arizona. A fiscally responsible, socially tolerant government that focuses its resources on the things Arizonans actually want, like paying teachers more, instead of locking up more of our kids than almost any other state.
We’re living in a complicated time. We have some serious problems to solve and a lot of important decisions to make. And I will filter every single one of mine through the lens of YOUR rights, your property, and your prosperity. That is my promise to you.
This isn’t about Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, or any other third-party label. This is about Arizona. Arizona is our home. We are hardworking, honest people trying to build our American dreams here, and we should expect the same from the people we put in charge.
That’s the kind of leadership I bring to Arizona. I’m running for governor to empower the pursuit of happiness, and I hope I can count on your support. To sign the petition to get me on the ballots and in the debates, please click here to visit kevinmccormickforliberty.com/sign.