His career in the Arizona Legislature he was plagued with scandal, and it followed him to Wyoming, now former Arizona State Senator Richard Crandall has been named today as the single finalist for Colorado’s commissioner of education by the Colorado State Board of Education.
The announcement is the culmination of a months-long national search for the next commissioner following the retirement of Robert Hammond last June. Elliott Asp has served as interim commissioner since Hammond’s retirement.
Crandall was selected from a field of 65 candidates, five of whom were interviewed. State law requires a two-week waiting period following the announcement of one or more finalists before the state board can formally appoint or employ the finalist. Crandall is available to begin as commissioner in mid-January.
A former state legislator in Arizona, Crandall was forced out of office after leaders learned that he had left the state to take the Wyoming job.
Crandall served as chairman of the education committees in both the Arizona Senate and House. He was elected as an Arizona state senator from 2011-13 and state representative from 2007 – 2010. It was widely believed that he used his position to influence legislation to benefit his consulting company, which provided “insight” to long-term care and assisted living facilities.
While serving on that committee, Crandall threatened Rep. Barton in a telephone message after she reported the tampering of Representative John Fillmore’s campaign signs by Crandall’s daughter. Allegedly, Crandall instructed his daughter to replace Fillmore’s signs with his.
Crandall, age 48, is studying for a doctorate in education from Northern Arizona University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University. He is a licensed school nutrition specialist and a certified public accountant.