Arizona Governor Doug Ducey gives State of the State in Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. – Governor Doug Ducey made his way to Yuma Wednesday to give his state of the state address at Arizona Western College. Around 220 people gathered in anticipation of his first visit to the area since he was elected to be Arizona’s newest governor.

Yuma City Council Member Gary Wright says, “He’s going to bring a new era to Arizona.”

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls introduced Ducey who got straight to business. “I have pledged to be a governor for all the people,” the Governor told the crowd.
Duceys focus was clear. He  wants to put 134 million dollars into state classrooms. “K-12 education and restoring it to the greatness we expect as Americans,” he said.

The Governor added, “In my administration, we will honor teachers and the good work that they do.

Another driving point was Arizona’s budget and job growth throughout the state. “We’re focused on fiscal responsibility, ”Ducey said. “We’re focused on getting our economy headed in the right direction and to showcase our state as the place we know it to be – a warm, welcoming, wonderful place to live and do business.”

He  met with local government officials to discuss these issues following his speech.

Councilmen Wright was eager to speak with the Governor. “I look forward to talking to him, and I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”

Governor Ducey first gave the s tate of the state in phoenix a week and a half ago. Arizona’s democrats responded saying quote “he seems to be championing the same failed policies that have stunted our state’s economic recovery.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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