J.P. Twist, a senior aide to Governor Doug Ducey, will run the Proposition 123 campaign – the $3.5 billion education-funding package Arizonans will vote on next May.
The Arizona Republic reports:
Twist is a Republican insider who ran the governor’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign and now counsels Ducey on issues such as law enforcement. He previously served as chief of staff for Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, ran U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar’s first campaign and was deputy campaign director for U.S. Rep. David Schweikert’s unsuccessful Congressional run in 2008. Twist has also worked for the GOP parties in Arizona and California.
“We anticipate running a well-funded, very aggressive campaign with a very positive message and we think people are going to react very favorably with infusing new money into our schools, into our classrooms, to improve outcomes,” Twist told The Arizona Republic. “Everybody has a stake in the issue – parents, grandparents, companies, small business owners. As the governor said, he’s going to put his full weight into making sure this is successful on May 17 and that shouldn’t be discounted. That means a lot.”
Supporters include the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Expect More Arizona, Stand for Children Arizona, and more. Local business leader Sharon Harper of The Plaza Companies will chair the effort.
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