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Sixty lawmakers, two from each legislative district, comprise the House of Representatives. The chamber has been under GOP control since the mid-1960s. The partisan divide is currently 35 Republicans and 25 Democrats. The job pays $24,000 a year, plus mileage and per-diem during session.

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    Andrés Cano
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    Alma Hernandez
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Why are you the best person for the job?

Do you support the teacher pay-raise plan passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey? Why or why not?

State funding for Arizona schools remains below pre-recession levels. How should the state address funding for its schools in next year’s budget? How would you pay for any increases?

Does Arizona do enough to require accountability and transparency for charter schools?

Would you support stricter gun laws, including raising the minimum age to 21 for all gun purchases, banning bump stocks and universal background checks on gun sales between private parties?

What should Arizona do to prevent mass shootings in schools?

As a legislator, would you be inclined to support additional tax cuts for individuals or businesses? If so, which taxes would you like to see reduced?

Should recreational marijuana use be legalized in Arizona? Why or why not?

Has Arizona taken the right approach by increasing restrictions on abortion providers and clinics? Why or why not?

What should Arizona be doing to prepare for a potential water-shortage declaration on the Colorado River?

Would you support a statewide law that bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in public accommodations, such as restaurants and other businesses? Why or why not?

Would you support a statewide law to allow business owners and others to deny services to customers based on religious beliefs? Why or why not?

In terms of the economy, how can the Legislature best encourage sustainable growth that benefits people of all income levels?

Do you support further expanding the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, which provides state funding for private-school education?

What is your position on Proposition 305, the ballot measure that would repeal the Legislature’s 2017 expansion of the voucher program?

What role should Arizona play in helping the federal government secure the border with Mexico?

Has the Legislature done enough to address concerns about sexual harassment among its membership?

Is there an issue not mentioned about that you feel hasn’t received enough attention at the Capitol? How would you address it?

What is the greatest threat to Arizona’s future, and how would you address it?

Last spring, lawmakers – at the direction of the governor’s office – opted to not authorize the state’s expenditure of $56 million in federal aid for child-care costs for the working poor. Should the state accept the $56 million? Why or why not?

Family members who take in their relative’s children when the kids are removed from their parents’ home get a sliver of the money paid to foster parents, about $45 a month, compared to $650. What responsibility, if any, does the state have to these family members? Should they be paid the same as foster parents?

Education Three Associates Degrees, Many Life Experiences, Ongoing throughout life learning through libraries and other readings on a multitude of different subjects, and listening to others from many walks of life.
Work history Farmer, Microbiology Research Aide, Ag Statistic Data Collector, Judicial Supervisor Child Advocate, Office Supplies Sales, Taxi Driver, Animal Trainer, Children’s Recreation Leader, Anti-Bully Program Presenter, to name some of our experience. Add to those our volunteer work as Neighborhood and Environmental Activist shows our broad perspective of life.
Previous public office Closest to that role would be as Neighborhood Facilitator 20 years.
Every person brings something to a job. Some of our qualifications include life experiences, dedication, a willingness to do what it takes to make a positive difference in the community and the state. Having been actively involved in community and state affairs, particularly in environmental issues, since 1986, we understand the needs and concerns of members of our community. Our tendency to think outside the boxes gives us a unique perspective on issues as well as helping to reach out for and listen to all ideas to solve problems.
It was a nice political gesture but it is a temporary fix because his offer doesn’t get the teacher salaries up to the national median. Teachers don’t have a guarantee that the funds will remain available.
This is a nonpartisan issue which should be resolved at the legislative branch of our state. Since these are the individuals we elect that have full access to how our monies are being spent, they are the people who can best prioritize where funds should be taken from and distributed to. However, properly funding Arizona schools is the States job and as such is one of the primary jobs of Legislators.
No. The nonprofit Arizonans for Charter School Accountability has found that charter owners routinely omit data and make up spending numbers making it impossible for state and federal agencies to accurately track charter expenditures. The pro-schools-choice center for educational reform plans rate Arizona as the state with the fewest regulations and restrictions for charter schools in the country.
This is a complicated issue. For the past several years the last shootings that have occurred would still have occurred no matter what laws were written. This is because in all the recent cases the perpetrator had either legal access to obtain weapons or obtained them without permission from another person, usually a family member, who had legal rights to purchase a weapon. One thing that must be done is a review of the laws we presently have because if all of those laws were being followed then there are instances where a potential shooter would not have had access to guns. The issue that has been common to almost every mass shooting in the past few years has been mental health issues. That is a subject that must be addressed throughout society to help people with behaviors that might lead to dis-functional responses that could negatively impact others.
Need more funding for effective anti bullying programs, trained school counselors, more interactive programs that encourage youth to actually talk and play with each other in a healthy manner, helping youth feel comfortable reporting concerns about other students.
Right now taxes are far lower than when this country was building a great nation. Would need to see the state figures on the issues. Who pays and how much.
Agree with the use of medical marijuana. Some polls show that more and more Americans are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. Crime does not seem to have increased nor has there been a negative impart in public health in those states that legalized it. Do have some questions about recreational marijuana like although taxation could bring a large amount of revenue to the state too much taxation could cause it to revert back to the black market. Also some of the states who have legalized marijuana for recreational use are now dealing with higher DUI statistics related to that use. AZ needs to learn from what has not worked in other states when or if the people of AZ decide to legalize recreational marijuana.
Women should have the right to decide about their bodies. Some AZ restrictions appear designed to interfere with a women’s ability to make well informed already serious decisions about their lives. In some cases, preventing a timely manner and creating a hardship on women to be able to follow through on what their choices may have to be in their circumstances.
Start implementing the knowledge, information, suggested policies that Arizona Department of Water Resources has accumulated over many years.
There should not be discrimination against any persons.
Since the Supreme Court has recently ruled on this very question it is not necessary to have a state law since federal law supercedes state law.
There is no such thing as sustainable growth.. Overpopulation, water issues, food production and distribution in a world growing more inhospitable to life as we know it, makes us lucky if we can figure out how to just sustain our current levels of population and economy. We need to seek out the research and ideas that educated people, who have studied these issues for years, can suggest to create a sustainable environmental based economy which helps people to be healthy on all levels of income and to have a reasonable quality of life.
Public funding should not be used for private education except in cases of special needs individuals.
Support Proposition 305. Gathered signatures for it.
Not sure what this question is asking, would need clarification to present a reasonable perspective.
Unknown but if past attempts are any indication, probably not.
There are issues that can be improved upon that need attention, however, at this time we choose not to address them.
Environmental degradation. This is a huge issue which includes destruction of the natural environment, light pollution, water issues, etc. that deserves much more discussion than can be provided in this short space.
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Age 26
Family Godfather of four.
Education Arizona State University, B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, Cum Laude, Class of 2014
Work history • Henry “Hank” Oyama Community Leadership Award, Amistades, Inc., 2014 • Emerging Leader, Equality Arizona, 2016 • Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Leader Award, Center for the Future of Arizona, 2016 • ‘40 Under 40’ Recipient, 2017, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & the Arizona Daily Star
Twitter @AndresCanoAZ
Previous public office N/A
Campaign Phone (520) 216-7018
When I became a first-generation college graduate, I knew I'd have to ensure that others like me had the same opportunity. I'm Andrés Cano. I’m 26, Latinx, a proud Democrat, and the product of a single mom who taught me to never give up. I want Arizonans to know that we'll fight for them. We can create good-paying jobs by fixing Arizona's crumbling infrastructure. We can preserve our quality of life by protecting our environment. We can help seniors, children, and women by ensuring access to quality health care. I believe in us, and I ask that Southern Arizona voters believe in me as their next State Representative.
The governor's education plan is a typical "I hear you" election-year gimmick, which relies on spending cuts, inflated economic projections, and-- you guessed it-- cost shifts to local jurisdictions. In other words: more of the same.

Our Governor and legislature didn't listen to the #RedforEd movement; now it's time for the rest of us to reclaim our state. I'm on the side of the teachers, and that's why I'll be giving my all to ensure that Arizonans vote YES on the 2018 Invest in Education Act Initiative.
I'm a progressive Democrat who believes that we should all pay our fair share. I'm inspired by Arizona patriots like Karen Seal Stewart, a millionaire from Surprise, who is willing to pay more to help us invest in a stronger tomorrow. It's simple: the more we give away, the less we have for Arizona's schools and infrastructure.
We can do more to ensure that every dollar diverted from our public schools is spent carefully, legally, and in a transparent manner. Charter schools should be no exception, and I will support any initiative that protects taxpayers.
Our candidacy has received a distinction from Moms Demand Action, the national organization calling for state and federal policy solutions to gun safety and violence. I support gun reform efforts that protect our children and families, our public health, and our safety.
It's time our state and federal governments treat gun violence as a public health epidemic. We need to enact universal background checks, support local jurisdictions in their effort to host gun buyback programs, prohibit bump stocks, and eliminate usage of automatic assault rifles.
Arizona has hundreds of special tax breaks created especially for Arizona's millionaires and corporations. These loopholes do not benefit working families like those in my district. Instead of providing tax exemptions to private jet owners and country club members, why don't we get back to providing tax relief to everyday Arizonans? My front-row seat to local government over the last 10 years has shown me how this legislature gets away with tax cuts-- they just shift the costs to local counties and cities who are then forced to shift costs to us. This is wrong, and not fiscally-responsible.
Recreational marijuana should be legalized in Arizona. The additional revenue generated will help us restore state funding where it's needed most, and it is an opportunity to eliminate our costly obsession with putting people behind bars for minor drug offenses. We spend $30,000 a year on prison inmates for minor drug possession charges. We should be looking for avenues to help lift people up, not just locking them up.
I was raised by strong women, and I fully support a woman's right to make her own decisions about her healthcare, including access to safe and legal abortion care. I'm endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona because I stand with Roe v. Wade, and I oppose this legislature's fascination with telling women what they can and cannot do.
I'm endorsed by the Sierra Club, a leader in the effort to address our water-shortage. We need to plan for smart growth, and we should be working with our local jurisdictions to ensure that we're incentivizing conservation efforts, especially those that limit usage and help to restore our aquifers.
I'm a member of the LGBTQ community, and I will support any policies that advance equity, fairness, and opportunity. Standing up for my LGBTQ brothers and sisters is not only the moral, right thing to do; it also brings value economically-- that's why S.B. 1062 was opposed by business leaders, and vetoed by Governor Brewer. We should not go back to picking and choosing who has rights and who doesn't.
No.
Most Arizonans are working families, not millionaires or billionaires. I'm endorsed by major unions (AFL-CIO, UFCW, AFSCME, SEIU, CWA) because we share a vision for a stronger Arizona that promotes equitable taxation and equal opportunity. We all deserve good employment and access to a living wage with benefits.
Public education made my life story happen. As such, part of my giving back to the schools, teachers, and support staff that helped to raise me is opposing any effort that diverts dollars away from our public schools.

Taxpayers should not be subsidizing for-profit private schools. I want to work to restore the $4.5 billion that this legislature has cut from our public schools since 2007.

I support the proposition because I believe that we should oppose any effort that diverts dollars from our public schools.
None. I oppose Governor Ducey's election-year propaganda on border security. His deployment of the National Guard to our border, and his obsession with President Trump's anti-immigrant policies, is bad for Arizona's economy.
No, our body of work is yet to come. I look forward to holding our leaders accountable so that the legislature is a safe place to get work done for the people that send us to represent them.
My district includes downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona, two incredible economic engines in Southern Arizona. I want to continue seeing our private and public sectors working together, and I applaud our lawmakers for extending the Rio Nuevo District.
I will work across the aisle to address the immediate $20 billion transportation shortfall outlined by a special transportation task force. As such, I support a 2017 Republican-led solution to help fix our roads by increasing our gas tax by 10 cents, which hasn't happened since 1991.

I also support a newly-formed bipartisan legislative committee looking for cost-savings in our criminal justice system. Arizona spends $600,000 daily just to keep low-level drug offenders in prison. Let's look for solutions that keep people out of our courts and jails, and let's use the money saved to give Arizonans a second chance.
Yes, we should accept any support that ensures our children are fully insured.
Keeping a child in the safe, protected home of a trusted family member should be in all of our best interests. If there are funding inequities in the current system, then, yes, our legislature to thoroughly review the funding model.
Age 25
Family Mother Consuelo Hernandez Father Daniel Hernandez Sr. Brother Daniel Hernandez Jr Sister Consuelo Hernandez
Education Master of Public Health, (MPH) The University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health December 2017 Concentration: Health Service Administration Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Graduate Summer Institute Certificate Summer 2017 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Courses: Epidemiology in Evidence-Based Policy and Social Epidemiology Bachelors of Science, (B.S) May 2015 The University of Arizona, School of Sociology & Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Concentration: Care Health & Societies and Minor in Public Health
Work history Senior Organizing Manager, Arizonans United for Health Care Community Outreach Group Advocate for quality and affordable health care on behalf of Arizonans. Built a coalition and developed partnerships with community leaders and organizations around key health care issues. Outreach to the community and local media to generate public awareness and support for issues of interest. Developed relationships political leaders, allied organizations and other coalitions to build the base of support within Arizona. Lead community and media events such as town halls, accountability events, press conferences, visibility events, trainings for community members to prepare them to lobby for the organized fly-ins to DC. Jewish Community Relations Council Coordinator, Jewish Federation Coordinated all events and programs in the community relations department, worked on immigration issues, refugee issues, chaired the mental health committee, collaborated with the interfaith community and implemented projects on social justice for the community. Managed the Jewish Latino Teen Coalition Program and Tracing Roots program working with teens from the Hebrew High School students. Graduate Teaching Assistant, The University of Arizona School of Sociology                 Assisted with the development and delivery of assignments and lectures for both CHS 204, Introduction to the Helping Professions and CHS 305, Suffering and Care in Society courses. Graded homework and lab assignments and submitted grades. Program Coordinator, Powersource Tucson Bridging the Gap- Women HIV/AIDS Powersource provided resources for Southern Arizona women living with HIV/AIDS. Worked on the development of a new program in South Tucson and established culturally appropriate case management services for women living with HIV/AIDS. Assisted with securing a county grant for year two. Worked with the city council and mayor’s office to pass a proclamation that recognizes March 10th as Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Campaign Manager, Joel Feinman for Pima County Attorney Managed all aspects of the campaign, recruited and trained interns and volunteers. Oversaw field plan, messaging and communications including digital media and ad buys. Held forums on mass incarceration and issues that affect our community. Raised and managed a budged of over 150k. Campaign Fundraising Executive (seasonal), United Way of Southern AZ Recruited new donors and met with local CEO’s and organizations to raise awareness on poverty and education. Gave lectures on food insecurity and poverty to employees at various companies and educated individuals on assistance programs for seniors, children and those with disabilities. Director Southern Arizona, Mi Familia Vota Managed all aspects of the campaign including volunteer recruitment, trainings, and voter registration. Organized citizenship fairs to help immigrants with their citizenship application process, hosted community forums on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and served as the lead point of contact in Southern Arizona for Spanish news and media. Support Staff, Taglit program Jewish Community Center Assisted young adults with special needs during their daily activities, helped with rehabilitation. Promoted health and wellness by emphasizing wellness, social action, education, and fun, spirited by Jewish values. Campaign Manager, Farley for State Senate Managed all aspects of the campaign. Created the organizational structure, recruited and trained interns and volunteers, finance reports, produced budgets and finance reports and organized fundraisers. Coordinated all of the field work, prepared speeches and created media plan.
Twitter @almaforarizona
I was born and raised in the south part of Tucson where I was exposed to the criminal justice system at the young age of 14. Even after all of the barriers I faced I was able to graduate from Sunnyside High School, go on to The University of Arizona where I received my Bachelors of Science and my Masters in Public Health. Education and civic engagement changed my life and opened doors I never once thought imaginable. I understand the challenges of our community because I have lived here my entire life and everything I have done has been focused on improving the area where I grew up.
I do not support the pay raise plan that was passed by the legislature because as someone who has served on the bond advisory committee for my school district and understands budgets I do not feel it was fiscally responsible for us to make over rosy predictions on money that is not there.
Many loopholes can be looked at for us to adequately fund education without having to cut programs that are already affected by the budget cuts. This will be something that both Democrats and Republicans will have to come together and work on, and I am hopeful that with a new legislature we will be able to come up with a better solution for our education crisis.
No, we do not and we need to increase accountability as charters are not held to the same standard as public schools. It is unfair that legislators who operate or own charter schools are able to loosen requirements for reporting. Charters need to be held accountable just like any other public school and made responsible for what they teach and promote in their schools.
Yes, as a gun sense candidate I support both and I will vote for universal background checks on all gun sales and increase the minimum age for purchasing a firearm. My best friend took her life with a gun at the young age of 21 she suffered from mental health issues and she should've never been able to have access to a firearm. Gun violence is a public health issue and an epidemic plaguing our country that must come to an end because the NRA cannot continue to control us.
There are several things we can do to help prevent mass shootings and as the sister of a gun violence survivor and the best friend of a young woman who committed suicide with a gun I will do what I can to ensure that we increase funding for school counselors and provide services for those who are in crisis. We also need to provide the necessary tools and support for those suffering from mental health issues and raising the minimum age to purchase guns. These are just some of the ways that we can help prevent mass shootings in schools. This will be a priority on my list.
I personally feel that this will be an issue that we have to look at on a case by case basis. I am not for the continuation of tax cuts when we are not able to properly balance the budget and fund things like education for our state. I will do what I can to make this fair and equitable for all people in my community and not hurt those who are just making it.
Yes, I am a supporter of legalizing marijuana in Arizona, and one of the most important reasons for my support is if we were to decriminalize marijuana it would significantly decrease our rates of incarcerated individuals. Far too many people especially people of color are sitting in our jails and prisons for what we know as non-violent drug offenses, and that alone would save us a significant amount of money in our state if we would not criminalize them for marijuana use.
Absolutely not because making it harder for women to access health care services they need is not something I stand for. As a public health professional, I do not support something that will impede and put more barriers between women and their healthcare providers. As a planned parenthood endorsed candidate, I support women having full rights to choice and access to ALL medical needs. I do not feel that our state and men should be able to decide what we as women should be able to do when it comes to our reproductive rights.
We already have a drought in Arizona it is no secret and we will need to get serious about our resources because this will be a serious issue in a few years and individual actions will be extremely important for water conservation over the next few years. Educating communities about the importance of conserving water especially teaching them ways of doing so will be a step in the right direction. Water has been taken for granted in Arizona for far too long and if we do not invest in programs that are working to reduce water scarcity and our local state government does not play a role in this we will be in a serious situation that will be difficult to recover from.
Yes, I would support a law that bans discrimination towards individuals especially as someone who firmly believes we are all equal and should be treated that way regardless of sexual orientation or preference it is not up to me to decide what anyone else should do with their personal life. This issue is also very personal to me as my brother is gay and I will always stand up for everyone in my community and family.
I would never support any legislation that would allow individuals to deny the service to anyone because of their religious beliefs. I believe in the separation of church and state and feel that it is not the job of lawmakers to decide who should and shouldn't be served by creating laws to protect those who are using their religion to deny service to anyone.
We need to continue to keep up with technology and new innovations in our state. Arizona can no longer just be the "inexpensive state" that most of my friends from graduate school have moved here for we need to be a competitive place where people want to actually move and raise their families. The legislature could start by invest and promote Career Technical Education programs that would help train the workforce in our communities and fill the thousands of jobs that are currently vacant. We need an educated and trained workforce where individuals can thrive in their fields and contribute to our economy to keep it going.
No, I do not support any of our state funding going towards vouchers and private schools especially as we already don't have enough money to fund our public schools we could use that money to go towards things that matter. I believe that every parent deserves to send their child where they feel they will thrive and succeed the most and if they choose to send them to a private school then that is a personal choice and they should pay for it out of their own money.
I support repealing the expansion of vouchers. We have a public education crisis and putting more money towards vouchers is not going to help us fix this crisis.
I do not feel that it is the responsibility of the state to do the federal governments job. I am a supporter of having safe borders however we all have a different perception of what that would look like. I am against building a wall along our border, and I will never support it.
I believe that the process has begun to change over the last year and although it took allegations to come out against colleagues before this was done it is a step in the right direction and I feel that all individuals will feel better about reaching out for help when needed.
I do not feel that prevention is something that is a focus or issue that is brought up enough within our state. I find this extremely troubling because prevention will always circle back to so many of the problems our communities and state are facing, poverty, adverse health effects, and many more that we are currently facing due to the lack of investment on prevention. If we spent money on prevention, we would not be in the situation that we are in.
the rising cost of healthcare, as someone who has studied public health for the last several years of my life this is an issue that we will see continue throughout the years as health care will continue to rise and this issue will become even more complex.
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