Arizona House, District 30 {_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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    Robert Meza
    (Dem)

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    (Rep)

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    Raquel Teran
    (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 54
Family Married with one child.
Education B.A. University of Notre Dame, 1986
Work history First Interstate Bank Muscular Dystrophy Association Phoenix Theatre CPLC Ameliorate
Previous public office Arizona House of Representatives Arizona State Senate
Campaign Phone (602) 421-1702
The best person for the job is someone who brings the experience and knowledge necessary to the job. I am the best person for the job because I bring years of experience within the legislative process to the table. I understand how to move agendas forward and how to break down barriers in order to get legislation through what is often a highly partisan environment. What I personally bring to the table is a high level of emotional intelligence that I have gained through my life in the highly diverse community that I was born and raised in, LD 30. This has enabled me to interface and work with people from all walks of life to a common goal. I have been fortunate to work in the for profit, the non profit, and political arenas giving me a breadth of experience working with organizations and entities that are key to the success of the state of Arizona.
I am an absolute supporter of our teachers and staff. I believe wholeheartedly that they deserve a raise that will show that the state of Arizona respects the work that they do. I did not vote for the bill as it was presented and signed by Governor Ducey. This is because I did not believe the budget and the funding structures went far enough to guarantee the long term health and success of not only our teachers but also of our students and state.
Due to the recent ruling that online purchases are subject to state taxes this opens up a whole new line of revenue for the state. Through this revenue that we had never had before we should implement a structure that will benefit education before it is decided that those revenues be sent to other programs. Education is the greatest equalizer and the best investment a state can make into its future to attract future investment.
No, these schools are not held to the same standards as public schools and while a great many of them provide incredibly important community resources the bad actors have made plain the need for more accountability and transparency. There are too many questions regarding influence from funders, to the expulsion of students not performing to the rigorous standards to keep test scores high, along with the fact this is taking money from public schools. We need more to be done to look into this new side of Arizona's education system.
Yes I absolutely would support all of these initiatives. On the subject of age requirements we are often told that until you are the age of 21 you cannot drink or gamble due to a still developing brain. Why then would owning a weapon that could very quickly lead to the deaths of dozens be any different? While it could be argued we allow people to serve in the military at 18 we also do not just give them a gun because they want one but rather require they go through the training required by our military. On the subject of bump stocks, accessories like these are not meant to do anything but increase your ability to attack, they have nothing to do with defense. For background checks we have seen in recent months that too many loop holes exist in the efforts to keep guns our of bad actors hands and our people are suffering for those mistakes.
Mandatory background checks on gun purchases.This has to be our first step and not our last. This does nothing to limit access to firearms that are a constitutional right but we still must require safety above all else be followed. The second step is to increase the presence of behavioral health services within our schools and communities so that we can more readily talk about often times stigmatized aspects of the national discourse around school shootings.
No, I feel that an overuse of tax cuts is what led us into the situation we currently find ourselves in regarding school funding. I feel our first duty is to ensure a highly educated and skilled work force is created within the state of Arizona. We will attract investment that way.
In my legislative district 55% of my constituents voted in favor of legalization. Given numbers like that and the opportunity to fund education with taxes derived from the sale of legalized and highly regulated marijuana it will not only lower crime rates and render much of the illicit drug community without revenue but it will also enable us to further fund our students.Marijuana has been proven to be an effective treatment for many people. Legalization will enable those with medical conditions but without insurance access to this often times life saving treatment. Additionally, no one has ever died from the use of marijuana which cannot be said of many legal substances such as opiates and even alcohol.
No I do not feel Arizona has taken the right approach in restricting abortion providers and clinics. I believe that by increasing funding for programs related to sex education, access to contraceptives, and reproductive health we will be far better at preventing unwanted pregnancies and will therefore decrease rates of abortion.We can do this without putting the lives of mothers and children.
I would immediately implement xeriscaping on all new homes built in the state. My second act would be to incentivize home owners to change their lawns into xeriscaping. Water is our most important commodity and necessary for life, we therefore must also be better at recycling the water that we do use and prevent water waste.
Yes I would support a statewide law to prevent discrimination because I believe that all people, provided they are doing nothing to harm others, are deserving of the same human dignity as anyone else. It was not that long ago that people of different skin colors could be refused service in public accommodations for just being darker than other people. We now see that as abhorrent and I firmly believe that when we look back in history decades from now LGBT Discrimination will be viewed similarly.
No I would not support such a law because this is a country founded on religious freedom. What this religious freedom means to me is that no one in our country should treat their fellow citizens any different because of their differing religious beliefs. Knowing full well that it is all our right to believe however we want to so long as those beliefs do nothing to harm others.
The best encouragement to create sustainable growth that benefits all people is to fund education. Education is an equalizer the enables upward mobility and does not discriminate based on socioeconomic background if it is well funded and funded in an equitable manner.
No I do not, this has taken away from our public schools and has been a contributing factor to the decline of public education in the state. We must ensure a robust and well-funded public education program before we can discuss the option of expanding private school funding programs within the state.
I am in support of the proposition and will help to campaign on that platform. I voted against the expansion in 2017 and will continue to do so. Public education should be our priority, not quasi-private schools.
Arizona, and the other border states, should take a lead role in the securing of the border. Our communities have lived here for generations and we must be allowed to take the lead as this affects us the most. I believe that the border states and universities located within should commit themselves to studies that will provide us with data that will tell us how to proceed in the most effective and humane way possible.
No, because there is no private human resource department that is removed from partisan decisions. As the system stands now the Speaker in the House and the President in the Senate have the final say on many of these complaints which is understandably worrying for people who have been subject to some degree of harassment.
Homelessness. I feel that this has become much more prevalent and wide-spread in recent years. Massachusetts, a state that is similar in population size to Arizona, spends 110 million dollars per year compared to our $750,000. This is a problem that will not go away and if we do not do more to address it this will become the next major issue our state faces.
Our greatest threat is a tendency of our leadership and elected officials to be reactionary rather than proactive. We must be proactive in the development of systems and infrastructure to maintain the long term sustainability of the state of Arizona.
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Age 41
Family Married
Education Some University Flinn Brown Fellow
Work history Planned Parenthood of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ Campaign Director, January 2017-present Kirkpatrick for U.S. Senate, Phoenix, AZ Political Director, June 2016-November 2016 Mi Familia Vota, Phoenix, AZ Regional Director, May 2015 – June 2016 State Director, Jan 2013 – May 2015 Promise ARIZONA, Phoenix, AZ Deputy Director, June 2010 – April 2012 Reform Immigration for America, Phoenix, AZ State Director, June 2009 – May 2010 New American Leaders Project Trainer 2016-Present
Twitter @raquelteran
Campaign Phone (602) 529-8385
Raquel is a trusted organizer and community advocate who listens to people and has been a voice for working families for more than 12 years. She was a leader in the battles against SB1070 - the racial profiling law, and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Raquel has advocated for the civil rights of all Arizonans. She has been a strong voice for women, immigrants, working families and healthcare for all. She's worked to build a civic and political movement and is ready to take our fight to the Arizona House of Representatives!
No, the teacher pay-raise plan passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey is not sustainable with our current budget. We must increase our current revenue to be able to have the funding we need so that our children have the hope of a quality education.
As a mother to a two-year old who will soon begin school, I am a supporter of the Invest in Ed Initiative.The State needs to increase funding for our public education system. It is critical to the future of Arizona. We need a tax system in which everyone pays their fair share - especially the extremely wealthy. This will help ensure our state has the money to adequately fund our public schools.
No, Arizona does not have enough accountability and transparency for charter schools. While our public schools must make all their information public and balance their budget, charter school are not held to this standard. We need to have the same standards for charters schools.
Yes, we must ensure that our communities are safe, and a key component is to have stricter gun laws. For far too long we have allowed guns to roam our streets without any types of measures.
We must invest in school counselors, social workers, and nurses. The average counselor per student ratio is 950 to 1. We must also provide students and their families the access they need to physical and mental health services within their schools. As a state we must act to put policies in place that will keep our students safe. We must limit how firearms are purchased and who can purchase them. Gun safety should not be a political issue but rather a community safety issue.
No, Arizona does not need more tax cuts. We have been giving corporate tax for close to 30 years. We need a pay your fair share tax system. Irresponsible tax breaks should not be given to the rich or to large corporations as they have been in the past.
Yes, we must regulate and tax Marijuana. It has the potential to create a large commercial sector that could grow the economy and provide jobs for the people of Arizona. Secondly it will provide a large flow of tax revenue that may help with the much needed revenue that is critical to fund social services and transportation. Third, for far to long people have been criminalized for using cannabis, thus creating a large pool of people with criminal records which makes it harder for them to find jobs, homes, and basically causing them to become second class citizens.
No. Women must be guaranteed full and equal rights to control their own bodies and make decisions about their own lives. All women should have access to necessary care for reproductive health, and individual women in consultation with their doctors alone-NOT politicians or conservative interest groups-should be the ones making these critical decisions.
We need to be responsible with our water usage. It is important that the necessary law makers and policy experts and key stakeholders such as agricultural, environmentalist, tribal communities come to the table to work on solutions.
Yes. People of all sexual orientations, gender identities, regardless if they match the sex they were assigned at birth or not, deserve to feel as safe and welcome as anyone else. There must be a ban on discrimination in public spaces.
No, if you are open to the public you need to be ready to provide service to ALL the public. Supporting such a law would allow the discrimination of people for reasons they cannot control. Supporting such a law would be to support bigotry, no matter what justification is put forth to justify such bigotry. Therefore, I could not and would not support such a statewide law.
We must close unnecessary tax loopholes and stop the tax cuts for big corporations.
No. I do not support state funding of private schools.
I will be advocating for a NO vote on Proposition 305 in this November election.
I grew up on the street that divides the US and Mexico. I have seen first hand how too often border towns become militarized zones. Arizona needs to work with the federal government to ensure that we have fully funded ports of entry which we can expand and secure. We need ports of entry that will make it easy for commerce and welcome tourism but will eliminate bad actors.
Every human being should be treated with dignity, regardless of sex, gender, or sexuality. So long as there are people within the legislature who feel uncomfortable because of their gender or sexuality, the legislature has not done enough to address these issues.
Voting Rights Roadblocks-for close to twenty years lawmakers have been creating roadblocks for Arizonans to access our fundamental right to vote. We need to work on legislation that makes it easy for Arizonans to vote. I will seek to move legislation that address the issue such as Automatic Voter Registration, allow voters to vote in any polling location within their county of residence, and count mail- in- ballots postmarked by election day.
Poverty- Arizona’s poverty level is higher the the national average. We need to address this issue in Legislative District 30, where the median household income is $29,000 for a family of four. We must move the conversation into meaningful legislation. This cannot be done with a legislator only approach. We need a coalition that brings stakeholders together from faith, business, labor and community organizations, along with the everyday people who live there. In order to cut the cycle of poverty we need to provide our community with the necessary social services and safety nets, ensure that public schools are fully funded, and reform our criminal justice system. Without this, we are simply creating band-aid fixes to issues that require permanent solutions.
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