Slade Mead

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Slade Mead is a former Arizona State Senator and is Republican turned Democrat who was challenging Tom Horne to be the next Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, which is the head of the state's education department.

Family life

Mead was born on September 6, 1961 in Torrington, Connecticut. Both of his parents were teachers, and later on his two siblings would become teachers as well. He graduated from Taft School, studied at Yale University, where he was a member of Wolf's Head Society and, for a year in between his undergraduate and law school education, taught high school as well.

In 1996, he and his wife, Alison, moved to Arizona with their two children, Lindsay and Sierra, from Virginia. His eldest daughter, Lindsay, is a special needs child with a rare form of epilepsy, a severe seizure disorder. It is his daughter that eventually drove Slade into the political arena.

Early political career

As a result of his daughter's disorder, Slade became involved in her school, which then evolved into a seat on his local site council and finally a seat on the Kyrene School Board. While on the Kyrene School Board, Mead became "frustrated and dismayed" by the state's funding of their public schools. He then became frustrated with his State Senator, Lori Daniels, who seemed "indifferent to the situation". He decided to run against her.

State Senate career

Mead managed to defeat Daniels in the Republican primary, and took her senate seat for...
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