Watson, Steve

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
School Superintendent
Political Affiliation:
(602) 688-2805
Maricopa County School Superintendent
B.A. Spanish, M.A. Education
Married, six children
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

As the father of six children, I want what is best for each of them. Among the things I want for them is to grow up knowing how to read, write, do math, and become critical thinkers. When they do this, they can contribute to the world, and make it a better place in which to live. They will have the tools to solve unforeseen problems facing society, and this will enable them to control their futures and empower them to raise strong families of their own.

What I want for my children should be in reach of all young people. Our schools need to give kids these tools. Each child should learn to read and write, and have experiences that help them become strong adults. This is happening for some students, but not all. Many gifted students are not being challenged enough and many struggling children aren’t getting the support they need. I am working so that all children and families in Maricopa County get the support they need to have the tools to have strong successful futures.


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Providing benefits and services such as free housing to undocumented migrants at taxpayer expense. O
2. Allowing all parents to use tax credits and taxpayer funded empowerment scholarship accounts to enable their children to attend any private school, homeschool, or online academy of their choice. S
3. Interpreting the 2nd Amendment as protecting an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. S
4. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. O
5. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. O
6. Providing tax breaks to certain industries over others. O
7. Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination ordinances. O
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S
9. Enhancing penalties for leading and participation in organized retail theft rings. S
10. Permitting individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate their moral or religious beliefs.