Statement By Hugh Hallman on Candidacy for Governor of Arizona
Dear Fellow Arizona Residents:
Like so many of you, I have worked hard throughout my life to improve the communities I live in for our children and families. I have been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to do so in a number of ways: I have been the principal of one of the State’s most successful public schools; served on my community’s City Council; I have been privileged to earn the trust of Tempe residents and serve as their Mayor. Furthermore, I have been committed to serving on a regional level, through the Maricopa Association of Governments and many other organizations. I am grateful for these opportunities and humbled by the experience of serving.
My mother Evelyn, who was born and raised in Kingman, instilled in me this lifelong commitment to public service. My father, Lou, was a lifelong teacher and coach at Arcadia High School who taught me perseverance. They have been role models for me throughout my youth, and indeed into my adult life. Their influence showed me it’s possible to help build stronger communities and overcome the cynicism and negativity that commonly infects these efforts.
We live in a time of more negativity than any time I can remember in my entire life — not only on the national level, although that’s where most of the attention is focused. In Arizona, the crux of the problem lies in a divided public policy environment, in which the solutions to problems seem less important to some than political points. Despite this poisoned policy divide, we live in a beautiful and exceptional state filled with wonderful people, and so I know in my heart these struggles with even basic issues can be addressed productively and positively.
Almost all of us aspire to similar goals. We all care about the creation of jobs and opportunity; the quality of our schools; and the way we handle complicated issues such as immigration, both legal and illegal. And, we expect a high level of ethical behavior from those we elect to serve us. But despite our common goals, we are so often left disappointed.
Well, if I have anything to say about it, these disappointments stop now.
Over the next few months, I will be traveling the state of Arizona to speak with and listen to people from all walks of life about what’s really important to them in their state government, and how we can address our priorities successfully. At that time, I will make a final decision about pursuing elected office. I have one particular elected office very clearly in mind — the office of Governor of Arizona.
I look forward to discussing how we can improve economic opportunity in every community in this state. About improving educational quality in every classroom, whether public or private, traditional or charter. About real solutions to problems facing law enforcement, especially when it comes to immigration. And we will talk about restoring trust in state government — and as we did in Tempe when I was Mayor, making government more ethical, transparent, responsive and cost-effective.
The people of our state deserve no less. In fact, they deserve a great deal more. My pledge is to do everything in my power to make this state a better place to live for all residents, no matter what walks of life they may come from. I look forward to the road ahead, and thank Arizona residents for their consideration and trust.
Former Mayor of Tempe, Arizona