Arizona Senate, District 22

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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    Wendy Garcia
    (Dem)

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    David Livingston
    (Rep)

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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 49
Family Divorced with 2 children (Melody age 16 and Micheal age 10)
Facebook http://WendyLD22
Campaign Phone (623) 336-2702
Wendy Garcia founded Indivisible Surprise & helped organize Save Our Schools in the Northwest Valley. She is an experienced radio news director, fearless activist, grass roots leader & mother. She knows the importance of protecting vulnerable people’s rights. To restore democracy Wendy supports publicly funded elections (as a Clean Elections candidate). U.S. education statistics rank Arizona’s schools in the bottom 10%. To improve student achievement, Wendy will fight for more resources & better qualified teachers. Healthcare must be affordable & accessible to everyone in Arizona. Wendy supports expanding Medicaid type insurance in Arizona with prescription coverage included. To increase jobs & grow the Northwest Valley economy, Wendy advocates developing Construction, Conservation & Computer industries. Wendy will serve “by and for the people” of District 22 to restore democracy, improve public schools, expand healthcare coverage & increase good paying jobs.
Yes! The pay-raise was a good start, but it was not enough. Arizona teachers and other school staff deserve to make a living wage and should get the raises and bonuses they have been promised in the past. That means restoring education funding to a minimum of at least the pre-2010 levels (as required by the AZ Constitution). To improve student achievement, Wendy will fight for more resources and better qualified teachers. Strong public schools protect democracy for “we the people” by teaching citizenship and tolerance. High quality public schools also educate students with effective job skills.
Wendy believes that funding for Arizona public schools must be returned to pre-recession levels. It is also important to understand and appreciate that this is not an “increase,” but rather complying with previous promises, commitments, and the language of the Arizona Constitution. It is only a beginning to meet the bare minimum of providing adequate resources for every public school and student in our state. The real goal of funding public education at a sufficient level in Arizona is to improve student achievement for all school age children. Money is not the only answer, but it has to be part of the solution to insure more and better opportunities for all of Arizona’s children through an improved public education system.
No. Charter schools should be reviewed every year for compliance with their actual “charter.” In other words, do they educate and accomplish what they claim to do (whether it is specializing in certain subjects, the arts, athletics, vocational training, or alternative programming). Also, they should be held accountable for the same standards as neighborhood public schools. Thus, they should receive similar letter grading and review for compliance with the Arizona State public education system standards as well as the U.S. national education standards (as set out in the “No Child Left Behind Act”). If charter schools are not in compliance they should be given 2 years to get into compliance, and then be shut down if they fail to address issues within that time frame.
Yes. First, Wendy thinks that many current laws already on the books regarding background checks simply need to be enforced, and the loop holes such as private sales or gun show transactions must be included in the universal background check system. Second, raising the minimum age for gun purchases is not a solution to the larger problem. Instead, everyone who purchases a fire arm should have to undergo basic safety training analogous to learning the “rules of the road” for driving a car and getting a driving license. Third, mental health issues need to be addressed by monitoring law enforcement databases and including reasonable protections and precautions about who is allowed to be licensed to carry a firearm.
Every school needs to have a secure campus with controlled access. Everyone who wants to visit a school should have to sign in at the office and go through a common checkpoint. In addition, all schools must be prepared by having a safety plan, lock-down procedures, and analogous “fire drills” to practice what to do in the event such a situation ever occurs. Last, each Arizona public school should have a strong relationship with local law enforcement, and if possible be assigned a neighborhood resource officer, who can help pay attention or prevent such an event from ever happening by monitoring student and community behavior.
Yes. To increase tax fairness and help grow the Arizona state economy, Wendy will propose significant “sales” tax cuts. Sales taxes disproportionately hurt the working and middle classes by regresively taking more of their disposable income. It is time for working people to get money back in their pockets every time they buy groceries, fuel, or other necessities for their families. Also, giving working families tax relief by cutting “sales” taxes will immediately put more money back into the local economy throughout the state of Arizona. In turn, this will allow the economy to grow and generate more total revenue for the state by increasing the taxable volume base of sales, income, and property transactions. Wendy believes that all families should benefit from any tax cuts, and “sales” tax cuts are the only way to do this. Property tax or income tax breaks only help the wealthy and corporate entities; not the working or middle-class citizens.
Yes. Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco, which adults can legally buy and consume in Arizona. Furthermore, marijuana is less addictive than alcohol, tobacco, or medically prescribed opiates, which are all legally regulated drugs; and widely used throughout the state of Arizona--as well as the entire United States.
No. Restricting abortion providers and clinics such as Planned Parenthood only limits health care access to women. Most of what these clinics do is to make health care and education available to people who otherwise would not be informed or able to receive it. In addition, abortions represent a small minority of the total health services which these clinics provide. So limiting these kinds of clinics is tantamount to restricting women’s access to health care, information, and education.
Arizona must continue to reduce its water usage as much as possible through public cooperation and education. We can also incentivize saving water and recharging our aquifers by offering businesses and individuals conservation credits. People should be rewarded for using less water; and recycling water through the use of gray water systems, for example.
Yes. There is no reason why the same laws which apply to race, sex, and age discrimination should not be extended to sexual preference as a “protected class.”
No. There is a very fine line between actually exercising a person’s religious beliefs and hiding behind the 1rst Amendment religious protections of the U.S. Constitution in order to then discriminate against other people, who are protected by that same U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment “equal rights clause,” etc. This is an area of law best left to the U.S. Supreme Court to interpret and rule upon.
Wendy supports utilizing our natural resources and comparative advantages over other U.S. states, localities and countries across the world economy. We have traditionally relied upon the 5 C’s (Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, Copper, and Climate) based industries to drive economic growth in Arizona. While these are still important, we also need to add a new emphasis upon Conservation, Construction, and Computers. These are industries of the future and will provide good paying jobs for the people employed in them. For example, we should incentivize solar power and become an international leader in this cutting-edge technology (manufacturing it, using it, and showing others how to design whole power systems around it, etc.) Analogously, we have an inherent expertise in the sustainable use and conservation of water, which we should develop and market around the whole world.
No. Until we can adequately fund public education in neighborhood schools, as required by the Arizona State Constitution, we should not be providing incentives for private school education. If people want to send their children to private schools for religious or other parochial reasons that is fine. However, we should not be supporting that activity with public tax dollars.
The people of Arizona want strong public education NOT measures that siphon taxpayer dollars into private, often religious schools. Voting “No” on Prop 305 will also protect the students and families whom ESA vouchers were intended to serve by maintaining priority statues for military families, students with disabilities, and those in foster care. As a proud supporter of Save Our Schools AZ, Wendy will protect public education by supporting measures that keep public money in public education.
None. This is a U.S. Federal government issue. The border is a national security concern and must be addressed by the Federal government, not state or local governments.
No! Frankly, it appears like business as usual around Arizona State capitol in Phoenix. The AZ Legislature needs to take seriously the concerns about sexual harassment among its membership. Members and staff need to change the way they behave and respect all people with which they interact. It would help a lot if the AZ Legislature set up an independent commission to handle and address concerns about sexual harassment within their membership. This would avoid conflicts of interest and other obvious ethical dilemmas by providing public transparency and accountability.
Yes. Wendy is concerned about the role special interest groups play down at the Arizona State capitol. Lobbyists walk the halls of the capitol in Phoenix, get special access to Legislators, and therefore have a disproportionate influence upon the House and Senate because they control the money members need to win elections. To solve this problem Wendy thinks public funding of candidate campaigns should be expanded through programs such as Arizona’s “Clean Elections.” This would prevent the need for private campaign funding and “short circuit” the even more menacing challenge of dark money--lurking below the surface of each election. The idea is to let the citizen voices be heard by equalizing the playing field with public campaign financing, so that candidates are not indebted to special interests to get elected. This will protect voter rights and help restore democracy to Arizona’s state government.
The single greatest threat to Arizona’s future is our education system. Public schools in our state must provide excelling student achievement and opportunities for all students. We need to support public education through funding, but money is not enough. We need to promote a culture which values education and teaches tolerance (and how to get along as neighbors). A good education helps a student get a good paying job, but we aren’t just manufacturing widgets like a business. Rather, we are “sculpting the minds, souls, and characters” of our future citizens. And as Thomas Jefferson noted, “a strong public education system is necessary to support a strong democracy.” So our future depends upon building and maintaining a better education system than what we have now! Last it is important to remember that good schools will attract good businesses, and good businesses will help our economy grow, which helps everyone.
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Age 54
Family Wife is Tracy Livingston and we been married for over 30 years. We have one son and one grandson.
Twitter @livingstonld22
Campaign Phone (623) 229-7094
I've been a hard-working conservative State Representative and when Judy Burges told me she would not be running for re-election she asked if I run for the State Senate seat to ensure we'd have a good conservative representing our district. I'm not a show horse, I'm a work horse, and a lot of what I deal with are bills that relate to our economy and business environment. In 2018 I was asked to step up and fill the vacant Chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee which is where the money gets spent. That means long hours but I really loved serving the people of Arizona and looking after their pocketbooks. I'm pro-life, pro-family, pro-2nd Amendment and I support our President. I'm for secure borders, I'm in favor of a real wall, and I love our military and our veterans. I've been honored to serve in the house and hope to earn a term in the Senate to keep the good work going.
I supported the plan and I voted for the plan!
We've been increasing K-12 funding for the last several years, including Prop123, the recent extension of Prop301, and the 20x2020 plan. Our focus now is on continuing to grow as a state so that we can keep all of the promises we've made. So far so good.
By and large yes. There will be occasional instances where we see a flaw in the system and we'll want to fix those, but our charter schools are performing extremely well overall and we don't want to mess with a good thing.
No.
Real security in schools means controlling entrances and exits, may require metal detectors, and should include armed SROs or security personnel. I'd also like to see schools, law enforcement, and the mental health profession do a better job of responding to the warning signs that are always reported on after a shooting occurs. We need to be dealing with troubled individuals before they strike.
I'm always happy to find a tax or regulation that can be cut or eliminated. We still need to generate sufficient revenue, but if any of your readers have ideas on where we can cut further, they should email me at dlivingston@azleg.gov.
No.
Yes.
We need to keep working with the states and tribes who share that water to plan and prepare. We can also look to desalination deals with California and/or Mexico to free up allotments that might benefit Arizona.
No.
Yes, I agree with how the supreme court has just ruled,
The policies we're already pursuing have made Arizona one of the top growth states in the country. We're a top destination for employers, new jobs, and start ups. When a state has low unemployment and high growth, it is doing things right. Stay the course.
I support school choice in all of its forms.
Undecided.
We should do whatever we can to speed the project to completion. Secure borders were promised to us decades ago and are long overdue.
We took some very strong steps this last session and I hope they put an end to the behavior that made them necessary in the first place. If they need to be strengthened we can, but they haven't had a chance to work yet, so let's be patient in the short-term.
No
Whether at the state or federal level, efforts to mainstream socialism or socialist programs is the greatest threat to our continued economic health. A simple look at socialism and its aftermath anywhere in the world at any time in history shows you why. To combat it we need to continue to reaffirm freedom, liberty, and the free markets.
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