As some cities across Arizona are preparing to elect new Mayors and City Council members, it is critical we continue the conversation about electing leaders who value education and will make it a top priority for their administration. All Arizona elected leaders have an obligation and responsibility to help improve education and our Mayors have an excellent platform to reinforce the importance of education for a community’s economic development and quality of life for its citizens.

If your city has a primary Mayoral election tomorrow, August 30, take some time to ask yourself these four questions about the candidates to determine their commitment to education:

1. Is education one of their top two priorities?
2. Have they supported policies that positively impact the biggest issues affecting education in our state?
3. Have they supported investing resources in education to support Arizona’s long-term success?
4. How do they challenge Arizonans to expect more and do more for education?

In addition, once you have cast your vote, it is critical we hold our elected leaders accountable for their support of education. Here are four ways to show that you expect more:

1. RAISE YOUR VOICE – Hold your elected leaders accountable to making education a priority.  Contact them to let them know how you feel about their support of high quality education for our students.
2. SIGN ON – Sign on to The Arizona Education Commitment to show your support of Arizona’s constitutional prioritization of education.
3. JOIN THE CONVERSATION – Stay informed and engaged by participating in the discussions on Facebook, Twitter, and the Expect More Arizona Blog.
4. RALLY YOUR NETWORK – Make sure your friends and family are registered to vote and encourage them to “Vote 4 Education” in every election.

Regardless of what office candidates are seeking, they have a role in improving education and helping to make it Arizona’s top priority. When you vote early or visit the polls on August 30, be sure to Vote 4 Education!