Republican and Former GoDaddy Legal Counsel Christine Jones to Run Against Democrat and Common Core Supporter Fred DuVal
“I am an unapologetic conservative, I am a fierce defender of the Constitution, and as your governor, I assure you I will lead with untethered ideas,” said former GoDaddy legal counsel, Christine Jones, who just entered the crowded Republican primary for Arizona governor. Her first official meet and greet event as a candidate was held at White Mountain Gun Shop in Lakeside, AZ. In addition to gun rights, she says she will fight for border security and to eliminate federal intrusion into school policy (aka Common Core, which was strongly supported by Republican Governor Jan Brewer who is not seeking a third term).
The only notable Democrat in the running is self-styled “bipartisan policy negotiator” Fred DuVal. DuVal fully supports Common Core, the controversial education mandate that has drawn protests from both sides of the aisle. Besides endorsements from Arizona’s brightest stars, Gabby Giffords and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly, DuVal’s campaign seems to lack the luster of Jones’. (She’s an athletic 45-year-old with an impressive resume and no-BS style of stumping voters gravitate toward.) Arizona voters say they’re looking for a change, and opposition to Common Core has been mounting. While some state legislative bodies are pushing bills to delay or drop the standards altogether (Indiana, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Utah), Common Core supporters will need to develop a more coherent argument against its opponents, particularly those with deep pockets like the Koch brothers, who are pushing common core as a wedge issue in town hall meetings across the country.