On January 22nd, beginning at 6:30 pm, our speaker will be Fred DuVal. Fred is a candidate for Governor of Arizona. This is a great opportunity for every member to help get Fred elected by bringing others to the meeting.
Fred DuVal is known as a leader in business and education with a longstanding record of overhauling broken systems and delivering solutions that create prosperity for our state and all Arizonans.
Growing up in Tucson, Fred learned the values of initiative, responsibility, and education. This was especially true as he watched his father found Arizona’s first medical school at the University of Arizona. After graduating from Tucson High School, he earned his undergraduate degree out of state before coming home to Arizona to complete law school and get to work.
Throughout his career, Fred has tackled big issues, and worked across political lines to create outcomes in business and education that make our state a more prosperous one.
From the beginning, Fred took action when called to public service. He joined Governor Bruce Babbitt’s team at a time when Arizona was managing a wave of dramatic growth. Fred played a leading role in some of the issues most important to Arizonans: developing the bipartisan framework that led to Arizona’s groundwater legislation, and creating our state Medicaid system—a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership — that today is the most cost effective system in the country.
Fred later served in President Bill Clinton’s White House when we turned our economy around and balanced our budget. President Clinton appointed Fred the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, where he led legislative initiatives with policy makers across party lines in all 50 states. It was a personal priority of Fred's to ensure that the voice of governors, mayors, county officials, and American Indian tribal leaders were heard as legislation was crafted and implemented. As just one example, Fred helped negotiate the historic tobacco settlement that improved public health in our nation and lowered the cost of care for uninsured people across the country.
More recently, Fred worked in the renewable energy business building a grassroots coalition to increase the development of wind and natural gas as energy sources when it became clear that we could no longer remain dependent on foreign oil.
Fred again answered the call to public service when he served as a member and then Chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees Arizona’s three state universities. In these roles, Fred found ways to keep the doors to opportunity and prosperity open for the next generation. When some in positions of power called for closing down campuses, Fred fought back. He designed and led the initiative that resulted in universities and community colleges offering co-enrollment and seamless transfer of credits – an innovative approach that helped keep Arizona post-secondary education affordable. He ensured that financial aid increased faster than the rate of inflation for those in need, and he pioneered a new funding model that holds the universities more accountable and that received national acclaim. Fred also proposed—and delivered—the first zero tuition increase in modern Arizona history.
Fred and his wife Jennifer live in Phoenix with their five-year-old son. Their older son, Will, attends college and is a ROTC cadet.
For more information visit www.Fred2014.com
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