Sen. Rich Crandall announced today that he will not serve his entire term, and will retire from legislative service at some point after the current legislative session ends to pursue new professional opportunities.
“My dream job has come through,” he said. “It’s as exciting as all get out.”
Crandall, R-Mesa, said he has received numerous offers to work as an education consultant with national education leaders, state groups and some local districts. A former school board member, he has focused extensively on public education since becoming a lawmaker in 2007.
He said he is excited to begin working in a different realm of education public policy.
“I’ve had a great experience, but it’s time to move from policy creation to implementation,” he said.
Crandall said he doesn’t plan on officially resigning his seat until later in the year because of leadership commitments he has with the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan group that provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas.
After he resigns, precinct committeemen in Legislative District 16 will be able to select three possible replacements. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors would then appoint one of those three to fill out the remainder of Crandall’s term.