Aaron Lieberman filed paperwork on Friday, May 11th, to run for the Arizona State House representing Legislative District 28.
“I am honored to join the LD28 team, running alongside Rep. Kelli Butler and Senate Candidate Christine Marsh, to finally bring much-needed change to our state,” said Lieberman
Lieberman grew up in LD28 right in front of Piestewa Peak, and attended Madison Heights in elementary school.
“It was a different time. Democrats and Republicans worked together to solve problems – and that pragmatic attitude allowed Arizona to flourish.”
But the state he returned to with his family three years ago looked quite different.
“Our public schools were decimated by funding cuts – with funding at lower levels than in 2009. It’s past time to end the partisanship. I want to listen to ideas from all sides, find common ground and figure out how to get Arizona’s public education system back on track. That’s where 92% of all our children are educated.”
Lieberman founded the Jumpstart national service program out of his college dorm room. Nearly 25 years later, over 50,000 college students have served as Jumpstart Corps members working with over 100,000 low-income preschoolers all across the country.
“While leading Jumpstart, I learned so many powerful lessons, but chief among them was that you can accomplish a lot if you lead with a positive vision and don’t care who gets the credit. We need more of that attitude in our legislature.”
Lieberman then founded Acelero Learning, a company that partners with local communities to run high quality Head Start programs.
“While I am proud of how the company has grown to impact over 30,000 low-income children every day, I am most proud of our track record of demonstrated outcomes.” According to independent research, preschoolers enrolled in Acelero Learning Head Start programs make gains at nearly three times the national average.
“They key to our success at Acelero Learning was to include everyone – our staff, our parents, and our leadership – in an honest and real dialogue about the challenges we faced, and to chart a path forward together. That’s the same approach we need in the legislature to get things done.”
Lieberman’s focus for his campaign will be on common-sense investments in education that can actually help the state save money in the long run.