GOP challenger Tom Horne increases lead over Education Supt. Kathy Hoffman

Nov 16, 2022, 9:33 PM | Updated: 9:35 pm
Republican challenger Tom Horne (Facebook Photo) and Democratic Superintendent of Public Instructio...
Republican challenger Tom Horne (Facebook Photo) and Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Republican challenger Tom Horne extended his lead over incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman after more results were released Wednesday.

Horne held an edge of 8,718 votes as of around 9:30 p.m., according to Arizona’s Secretary of State’s Office.

The Republican led by 6,438 votes after Maricopa County reported a large batch of results late Monday night.

Both candidates have held leads in the race as ballots from the Nov. 8 election continue to be counted and released. It flipped multiple times on Monday, as Hoffman had taken a 3,119-vote lead after Pima County released results around 5:45 p.m.

Hoffman, who was a teacher and speech therapist before running for office, took control in 2019, while Horne previously served as the Arizona schools chief from 2003-11.

Horne was elected attorney general in 2010, a post he lost in the 2014 GOP primary after being caught using his office staff to run his reelection campaign.

Hoffman added millions of dollars into school safety programs to add hundreds of school counselors and social workers.

She told KTAR News 92.3 FM that her priority in her next term will be centered around school safety by shifting focus back onto a school safety task force she created at the start of her last term.

Hoffman oversaw the school system during the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During their debate in September, Horne said schools were shut down for far too long under Hoffman’s watch.

Hoffman defended her response, saying that in hindsight she may have made slightly different decision, but not substantially so, noting her intentions were to keep students and their parents safe and alive.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Man dies making left turn after driver runs red light in Phoenix

A man was killed in Phoenix on Friday after a driver ran a red light, striking the victim's car in an intersection, authorities said.
22 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs creates panel to study teacher retention problem

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs issued an executive order Thursday aimed at figuring out ways to keep teachers in classrooms.
22 hours ago
Protesters march Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn., over the death of Tyre Nichols, who di...
Associated Press

6th officer fired after beating death of Tyre Nichols

A sixth Memphis officer was fired Friday after an internal police investigation showed he violated multiple department policies in the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols.
22 hours ago
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Denver Court throws out Wyoming doctor’s pill convictions

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out the convictions of a doctor accused of overprescribing powerful pain medication and ordered a new trial for him.
22 hours ago
(Photo illustration by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

$700M Powerball prize latest in string of giant jackpots

There is another giant lottery jackpot up for grabs Saturday night, the latest in a string of big prizes enticing players to plunk down $2.
22 hours ago
(Pixabay Photo)...

Missing Arizona girl rescued from basement of sex offender in Utah

A missing Arizona girl was rescued from the basement of a Utah sex offender earlier this week, authorities said Friday.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
GOP challenger Tom Horne increases lead over Education Supt. Kathy Hoffman