Arizona House, District 27 {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

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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    Diego Rodriguez
    (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?

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Age 49
Family 2 children
Education B.A. Finance University of Notre Dame J.D University of Arizona College of Law
Work history Owner of Rodriguez Law Office PLLC since 2008
Twitter @diego4justice
Previous public office none
Campaign Phone (602) 380-3849
I am the best person for the job because I understand the challenges that face working families in LD27. I am committed to working to solve the many, many challenges that our state faces. I have the knowledge and experience needed for this job. I am a trail lawyer by training and I do not back down in a fight. This election is perhaps one of the most important in our states's history and I am up to to the challenge, ready, willing and able to lead the fight for working families.
I support increased pay for teachers and all support staff as well.
We must re balance our state's revenue structure by repealing the ridiculous amount of special interest tax loopholes the Arizona Republican party as put into place. These loopholes were created by the lobbyists, passed by the Republican led legislature and signed by Republican governors. These special interest, corporate tax loopholes have increased corporate cash registers while undermining the future of our state by taking out badly needed revenue which should be funding our public schools and paying for our infrastructure.
NO! Anytime public monies are used for private profit the danger level for waste, fraud and abuse is off the charts. Our current system is designed to give charter schools an unfair competitive advantage over our public schools while at the same time putting our tax dollars at great risk!
Bump stocks should be banned, the minimum age to purchase a gun should be the same as the minimum age to purchase a beer. The gun show loophole should be closed. We should pass red flag legislation to prevent people, who pose a threat to themselves or others, from gaining access to firearms.
This is a complex question that does not have a simple solution. We need to first adequately fund our schools so they have the funds needed to upgrade their physical campuses and hire more school counselors, we need to increase funding for behavioral health services and implement the changes in gun laws which I discussed in the previous question.
Our revenue structure needs to be re-balanced. I would first start by eliminating the ridiculous number of corporate tax loopholes in our current state tax code before considering any further tax cuts.
Yes, prohibition is a failed policy and the industry offers the chance to increase state revenues by taxing recreational sales.
I have earned the endorsement of PPAZ and I support a woman's right to make her own reproductive decisions and her right to control her own healthcare choices.
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Yes, discrimination is illegal and inhumane.
No, discrimination is illegal and inhumane,
Close the corporate tax loopholes and use the money to rebuild our public education system. This would include a commitment to truly making our university system and our community colleges, as free as possible for our citizens to attend.
No.
Vote No on 305.
Border security is a federal issue however, our state government should try to make sure that Arizona landowners feel safe on their own property.
No, the legislature has not done enough to address concerns about sexual harassment, bigotry or prejudice among its membership.
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The greatest threat to our state's future is setting public policy according to ideology instead using objective data and careful deliberation. The current Republican controlled state government does not have a responsible governing agenda, instead, it has an ideological agenda that it is damaging our state and our communities. I will do my best to help bring back honesty, integrity and a commitment to public service to our state government.
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