Arizona Senate, District 6

Arizona's 30 state senators each represent a unique district of voters. Republicans have held the majority in recent years, although most recently by only a handful of votes.The job pays $24,000 a year, plus mileage and per-diem during session.

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    Sylvia Tenney Allen
    (Rep)

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    Wade Carlisle
    (Dem)

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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?

Age 71
Family Married, Richard Allen 5 Children 19 Grandchildren
Campaign Phone (928) 536-3566
It has been my honor to represent rural Arizona. I never forget who I work for and why I am her. My focus is on looking helping the people of our rural district, improving education, keeping our state’s budget balanced and our economy growing, and doing everything I can look after jobs, our lands, and our Constitutional Rights.
I was very supportive giving a $1.5 billion increase to education and a pay increase for our teachers. I am thankful that our economy is thriving and that we can increase education funding for the children and teachers.

The key to increasing education funding is to maintain a strong economy by keeping taxes low, minimizing regulations, and balancing the state budget. This is what has allowed us to get education funding where it is now and this is what will lead to higher education funding in the future.

Parents are the watchdog of charter schools. The Charter School Board also has this responsibility. Over the last 20 years they have closed low performing charter schools. In that same time not one low performing District school was closed.

None of the above will stop a person who is determined to commit violence. We have thousands of gun laws on the books now. We must be sure to enforce them and hold the person responsible who commits these crimes.

Strengthen our families and ensure that mentally ill individuals have the support they need. We should also ensure that school districts have the resources they need to adequately secure their schools to make it more difficult for a madman to do harm on a school campus.

We have done an incredible job over the last ten years of reducing taxes to make our state more economically competitive with other states, which has contributed to the economic recovery that we’re experiencing. We just need to stay the course and keep our taxes fair and equal.

No. Marijuana use increases the risk of vehicle accidents, leads to higher rates of school drop-outs, impairs cognitive development, and contributes to cognitive impairment and other health issues, including cardiovascular diseases.
I'm 100% pro-life. However, the restrictions on abortion providers has been to increase the safety for the woman.
I am proud of the steps Arizona has already taken and I believe we are prepared if the declaration is needed. We need to make sure that if a shortage is declared, other states, such as California, have to take cuts to their water supply, not just us.

I do not agree with discrimination and hatred against anyone for any reason.
Only if the provision of the service would require the person to violate their religious beliefs. It should NOT allow someone to refuse service simply because they are a bigot.

Government does not create wealth but government can create an atmospheric where the economy can thrive and grown. Individuals need to take advantage of education opportunities to increase their skills and then participate within the growing economy,

ESA are about the children and what is best for them and it is also about parents’ rights in determining where their children are educated.
I support a YES vote on Proposition 305
Uphold immigration laws on the books. Support, the building of the wall and other security measures at the border. Close cooperation between state agencies, such as DPS, and the Border Patrol and other federal agencies.

Yes, I think so. However, as members of the Legislature we need to have a strong commitment to moral character and integrity at all times. .

Being a rural legislator, our issues do not always take center stage. We need more economic development and job creation. Our small businesses are struggling and we depend upon the summer tourist season to get us through the winter. We have issues dealing with the federal agencies that need more state attention and help.
We need to improve our civil discourse. We CAN and should work together to solve our state’s problems. There is too much hatred, too much vindictiveness, and too little problem solving. I look forward to working with my fellow lawmakers of both parties to find workable solutions to our state’s challenges.
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Age 48
Family wife and two daughters
Campaign Phone (928) 241-2501
I have experience working directly with the people of northern Arizona. I was born and raised here, I've lived here my entire life and I understand the issues that most directly face our communities. My opponent spends her time in Phoenix, she refuses to talk to the people and has not interest in addressing the problems that affect them every day. Our ranchers and farmers have problems up here, I grew up on a ranch and spent the first 25 years of my life learning what it takes to run an operation like that, so I know what they mean when they come to me with their issues. I've owned and operated multiple businesses in my hometown of Holbrook so I understand the problems our small businesses have to deal with and how we should address those problems to encourage growth in our communities. I listen to the people of northern Arizona and I'll work to find solutions to the problems they have for their sake and not work for my own self-interest. That is what sets me apart from my opponent.
I'd like to ask Gov. Ducey, where's the money? How are we going to pay for that? When I ran my businesses in Holbrook I did not look to make foundational repairs before I found a source of revenue for said repairs, and I certainly didn't allow my businesses to deteriorate to the point that those repairs were nothing but empty promises made for dyer problems. Our state should be ashamed of how we have treated our teachers, my wife has been a teacher in our public schools for more than two decades and it insults me that Gov. Ducey makes promises that she will finally be paid a living wage without creating assurances that he can fulfill that promise. Also, how does his plan give schools the money they need? How does it supply the resources teachers need for their classrooms? What about the non-instructional staff? I don't support his plan because it ain't a plan, its an empty promise that does not solve the root issues at stake.
The state doesn't have enough money, plain and simple. How can poorer communities and rural communities pay for a quality education for their children if don't have the top 1 percent of earners paying their fair share? Those tax breaks we give the richest are made off the backs of our children. We have to tax those people a fair amount, and those wealthy individuals who disagree know they're not giving a fair amount because they're the ones who lobbied for the tax breaks they currently enjoy. Middle class and working class folks like me can't get ahead when those in Phoenix are only ever putting their biggest donors first. We have to tax the top 1 percent a fair amount if we're going to have the bottom 99 percent living in a society where their kids aren't in overcrowded and underfunded schools. That's just the reality of the situation.
No it does not, not even close. Look at the charter schools that have here in northern Arizona. We have people scaring working class Arizonans with lies and mistruths about our public schools, pushing their children into private schools where they give them an F-quality education and reap the rewards in their pocketbooks. We cannot stand by while our communities are exploited, our public schools defunded and our children underserved. I have two daughters and I want to see both of them go to college one day, and I want that same opportunity for my neighbors' children and the children living on the other side of town. How is that going to happen when schools with no standards and no oversight are siphoning money from our education system?
I think there are a lot of common sense solutions we can all agree upon. First, we need universal background checks across the board - period. We cannot have criminals buying guns in back alleyways with the law on their side. Access to unnecessary items like bump stocks should be restricted to NFA purchases, making them a Class III item.
This goes right into how our schools are underfunded. I've been to schools here locally and when I ask them why the outside gates are unlocked they say because the locks broke and they can't afford to replace them. We have to have properly trained and motivated resource officers and we have to make sure our schools are thoroughly secured.
I believe big businesses have been making a killing with the tax cuts they have so far, and I see no reason to be giving them bigger tax cuts just to benefit those making the most. So no, I would not support additional tax cuts for them and I do not believe it is in our best interest to cut taxes at the expense of essential services, especially when many of our most essential services are already underfunded and many of our communities underserved.
It should be because it provides a potential economic benefit to our communities and locking people up for possession of pot wastes our police officers time.
Absolutely not. I would hope that abortion would be a last resort, but no matter what that final choice is between a woman and her healthcare provider, not for the government to step in and tell families what to do.
We have to make sure developments know where they are going to get their water from before they are built. We have to promote policies that encourage less water consumption. We have to encourage affordable college education so our next generation can find better and more viable solutions to our water crisis.
Yes I would, no reason to discriminate against anyone for something like that.
No, it's not the right of people to claim their religious beliefs allow them to pick and choose who can enter their establishments and who can't. We use to have a time like that a few decades ago and I think we should move past that mindset.
We have to encourage affordable college education. That is the only way we can provide for a step up and allow true class mobility. How are our children supposed to have as good and hopefully a better life than we have if they can't have a proper education and get the better jobs that we want for them? How are businesses that will bring better paying jobs with better benefits going to come to our communities if we don't have a population that is better educated and ready to compete? They won't unless we make sure that a college education is affordable and available for everyone.
I don't, as stated, private charter schools don't have accountability and they exploit our communities using scare tactics. It's truly pathetic that people would try and take advantage of a program designed for mentally and physically disabled individuals to use it for their own economic incentives.
I am against, wholly and truly. Voucher programs pull money away from public schools and harm the opportunities for working and middle class folks to have their children provided with a quality public education. Keep what money we have in public schools in public schools, don't find new ways to cheat our children out of a future.
We have to have a secure border but we also have to treat those we stop at the border humanely. If there are detention centers in our state we have to tell the federal government that we cannot have them committing illegal or unconstitutional acts that defy basic human rights.
In this current climate where there have been multiple sexual assault allegations levied against members of our legislature, there is very clearly room for improvement when it comes to creating an environment that is safe for the women that choose to serve their communities and the staff that we choose to employ. We can and must to more to address any concerns that arise and to make sure that there is an environment where those concerns can and are levied when there is harassment taking place.
I believe there is simply not enough being done to address the needs of infrastructure in our communities. Broadband access here in northern Arizona is terrible, and how are we here in more rural parts of the state supposed to attract bigger employers and better jobs if we don't have adequate broadband access, something that at this point should be considered a basic right of every taxpayer.
It is education, no other way around it. We have to pay our teachers more, we have to fund our schools and we have to ensure there is a future with a public eduction system that serves everyone fairly and sufficiently. The future of our business, our environment and our children's very lives depend on having schools that have proper funding. Arizona is not close to last in economic growth or in business revenue, so why is it close to last in the education we provide our children? Why is there so little concern among those politicians in Phoenix for how all of our children are being schooled? Our state needs to find a permanent source of revenue and give it to our schools or else our worst off will stay that way and our middle and working class folks will continue to have a poor quality of life for generations to come.
We should absolutely accept the federal aid and we should spend it immediately to improve children's access to quality care. There is no reason to withhold these funds, and just because a few lawmakers in Phoenix are having trouble with understanding the needs that working class folks from across their state have does not mean we should delay any longer in funding our child care programs.
The state should make it a priority in finding family members able to take in their adolescent relatives and they should pay those family members willing to take them in an amount equal to that which is provided for foster families. Being related to the child in no way eases the burden that is taking in and supporting a child on short notice. It is the state's responsibility to ensure every child has access to care no matter their living situation.