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Arizona Governor Candidate Aaron Lieberman Talks Higher Education Access At Arizona Western College

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Arizona Democratic Rep. Aaron Lieberman, a 2022 candidate for governor, right, speaks with Arizona Western College President Dr. Daniel Corr and AWC faculty and staff on the Yuma campus on Sept. 1, 2021.

A candidate for Arizona governor expressed his desire to improve access to higher education at Arizona Western College’s main campus in Yuma on Wednesday.

Arizona Democratic Rep. Aaron Lieberman visited with AWC President Dr. Daniel Corr as well as students, faculty and staff. This appears to be the first public visit to Yuma by any of the candidates for governor in the 2022 election.

“I’ve been to Yuma several times in the last few years, but I wanted to come back as part of this run for governor to connect with the local leaders and find out what’s going on and what’s on the minds of Yumans,” Lieberman said in an exclusive interview with KAWC.

Lieberman is a state representative for Legislative District 28, which serves parts of north central Phoenix and surrounding communities. He was scheduled to visit Smith Farms in Yuma and meet with state Rep. Tim Dunn later Wednesday.

Other Democratic candidates for governor at this time are Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and the former Mayor of Nogales Marco Lopez. There are six candidates on the Republican side.

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Stay tuned to KAWC on Friday to hear what Rep. Lieberman said about improving access to higher education, raising K-12 teacher salaries, agriculture and the border. 

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.