Campaign to recall Diane Douglas picks up

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The campaign to recall Diane Douglas, who was just recently declared the winner in a close race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, is picking up steam.

"We believe that an educator should be in charge of education in Arizona," said Anthony Espinoza.

Anthony Espinoza is a teacher in the Valley and one of the creators of the 'Recall Diane Douglas' Facebook and Twitter pages. 

"It's just the first couple days and it's really taken off, so we're going to wait and see how far it gets," Espinoza said.

He and his supporters say this is not a Republican or Democrat issue, or even about being sore losers.

They say it's about Douglas' lack of a plan for education in Arizona and, more recently, her lack of communication.

"I believe that she's unqualified to lead the state schools because the way she ran her campaign was behind closed doors. She refused to talk to media, she ran on one issue which was to repeal common core," said Espinoza.

In fact 3TV has tried repeatedly to speak with the Superintendent-elect to discuss her plans once she takes office.

Our own Political Editor Dennis Welch went to her home Tuesday morning but no one came to the door.

On Election night Douglas defended her platform to repeal the new school standards referred to as common core, Here's what she had to say:

"I have said it time and time again on the campaign trail, this is about Arizona control for education," she said. "They are not higher standards; nothing about them has been proven."

Her opponents though say that a single platform is not enough.

"We want to have a plan. We want to know what's next for students," Espinoza said.

In an interview with 3TV, Espinoza said teachers, parents even various school board members have reached out to him through the Facebook page to see how they can help.

Right now he says they are in the planning phases, as a recall petition cannot even be filed until the official has held office for six months.

In addition to the six month wait, they would also need to collect more than 350,000 signatures.

Still, Espinoza says this is the real deal. "Yes, we want to go ahead and go through with the recall," he said.