Arizona House, District 16 {_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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    John Fillmore
    (Rep)

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    Richard Grayson
    (Grn)

  • Sharon Stinard
    (Dem)

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    Kelly Townsend
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

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 68
Family Divorced
Education Masters from University of Hard Knocks
Work history Founder/owner WeatherShacks Inc retail stores J Fillmore LLC Real estate Broker
Previous public office State Representative LD23 2011/12
Campaign Phone (602) 885-6691
I’ve had 35 years in this district. Working, creating jobs, watching the growth, the changes (some good, some bad) and have always been positive minded that this is the best place to live in our great state. I believe our Country and our state are seeing a quiet civil war taking place now right before our very eyes and I possess the fortitude and strength to stand up to the negative changes taking place that we see happening which is a slow walk towards socialism, a decadence in morality, and our children having their futures stolen from them from bad governmental taxation over-reach and the lack of a good education. I will be true to the values that the people in the district has voiced to me. Focusing on the local issues and what impacts us here. I have a strong conservative backbone and am not beholding to liberal unions, open border chambers of commerce nor lobbyists. My word is my bond and I want to serve you.
I do not support the Teachers pay raise as the way it happened. I believe Arizona gave in to a group of socialists that will never be happy no matter how much we give the Teachers. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH GIVING THE TEACHERS THEIR RAISES but only 53% of the educational dollar the districts receives ever makes it to the classroom. That is the LOWEST since the state started documenting the money trail according to the Arizona auditor General. We just gave the money away with a lot of future promises and Band-Aid political fixes but we still have small accountability and a lot of Arizona kids are NOT being educated.
I am not overly concerned that the state funding is below pre-recession levels at this time, that should not be the question or concern. The school districts do NOT have a funding problem they have an administrative spending problem. While the average school district gets around $42,000,000.00 a year and we have a school district with only 9 students (that is crazy!!) or 60+ districts with only 1 school the whole funding matrix seems screwed up. I believe we all want all teachers making more but what we REALLY WANT IS OUR KIDS BEING EDUCATED.
The problem IS NOT just CHARTER SCHOOLS but that all schools need more accountability. The charter schools I believe are by and large having the most success in the educating of our kids by current testing standards. The legislature has been lax in challenging the educational community as a whole and failing themselves for the plight of our education system. I believe our children are being sold a broken or mediocre education and graduating without the necessary life skills we need for the future as a society
I would NOT support more gun control laws of any kind. America does NOT HAVE A GUN PROBLEM. I believe we have an overly permissive society that has allowed crazy people to be able to do evil crazy things with guns.
This is a difficult question but maybe if we allowed, supported and gave those Teachers that wanted to carry a self-defense weapon the ability to do so it would help protect the children until police were able to arrive and control situations. And as well we might hire retired military or police whom have been tested and background checked to act as on site security. We could give the Teachers and the others tax credits for taking this on and stepping up.
I would support additional tax cuts and as for which ones……ALL OF THEM
I am NOT in support of legalizing recreational marijuana nor introducing any new intoxicating or impairment assistance of any kind into our society. We already have enough crazies and an overabundance of BOTH LEGAL AND ILLEGAL substances abused.
I believe we have been taking the proper course. I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT LIFE.
I am an urban individual and have not focused upon the water issues of our state to be able to offer an opinion of value on this issue at this time. While I understand we live in a desert and this is an important issue there are far better and smarter people than me that could give Arizona advice.
No I would not support that. I am not aware of open nor hidden discrimination on the LBGTQ community and this topic to me seems to be a contrived solution seeking a problem.
I could support a law protecting individuals in businesses from having to violate their personal religious beliefs. But I would also protect individuals from overt bigotry. i.e. if a baker produced a generic cake or product for customers all should be able to purchase and enjoy the product, however if an individual/business is requested to perform a specific act in violation of their values they should NOT BE FORCED TO.
Do what we can to help educate our children
Yes, I support a parents right to see to it that their children get a good education. And I support further funding for all teachers and classroom support and keeping the $$ away from potentially wasteful administration reundency or duplication
Yes, I support 305
Arizona should do any and everything we can to protect us as the Federal government has FAILED TO PROTECT our borders. Our State has a DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY to protect our citizens and all of its resources, not only from crime and the criminals that trespass our borders but as well from the unfunded mandates and theft by the Federal government because they have over reached their responsibility.
I do not know if they have, it seems we may have a group of overly dramatic 14 year old kids down at the State capital sometimes
We need to address school consolidation and get rid of the duplication and waste and get the education dollars to the classrooms, Teachers and students support
Support the schools, all of them, public and private and educate our children
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Age 67
Education B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science (Phi Beta Kappa), Brooklyn College, CUNY, June 1973 M.A. in English, College of Staten Island, CUNY, August 1975 M.F.A. in creative writing, Brooklyn College, CUNY, June 1976 J.D., with high honors (Order of the Coif), University of Florida College of Law, May 1994 Teachers College, Columbia University: 33 graduate credits in education, 1985-1990
Work history Assistant Editor, The Fiction Collective, 1974-1978 Adjunct Lecturer in English, Long Island University, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn College, Touro College, The School of VIsual Arts, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Baruch College: March 1975-January 1985 Instructor of English, Broward Community College, January 1981-May 1991 Adjunct Lecturer in Education, Teacher Education Center, Florida International University, 1986-1990 Columnist, Hollywood (FL) Sun-Tattler, 1986-1988 Writer-in-Residence, Rockland Center for the Arts, 1988-1989 Adjunct Lecturer in Business, Nova Southeastern University, 1992-2004 Adjunct Lecturer in English, Santa Fe Community College (FL), 1992-1994 Staff Attorney in Social Policy, Center for Governmental Responsibility, University of Florida College of Law, 1994-1997 Adjunct Lecturer in English, Florida Atlantic University, 1997-1998 Columnist, Boca Raton News, 1997-2000 Visiting Professor of Legal Studies, Nova Southeastern University, 1999-2000 Faculty Associate in English, Arizona State University: 2000-2001, 2013-2015 Director, Academic Resource Program, and Acting Director, Student Services, Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University, 2001-2005 English Teacher, Jess Schwartz Jewish Community High School, 2005-2006 Adjunct Instructor of Humanities and English, The School of Visual Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology, Hunter College, New York Institute of Technology, City College of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College: 2006-2013 Library Assistant, Central Arizona College, 2015-present Author of books of fiction and non-fiction, articles in People Magazine, New York Times, New York Newsday, New York Post, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, San Jose Mercury News, Arizona Republic, Gainesville Sun, Ocala Star-Banner, Tampa Tribune, Miami News, Miami Herald, Casper Star-Tribune, and other periodicals
Previous public office None
For conservative Republicans and Trump supporters, I am the absolute worst person for the job; they would have diarrhea night and day for two years in the nearly impossible event that I were elected. Sharon Stinard is the best candidate in this district, but for those Democrats, liberals, progressives, democratic socialists, and other leftists, I am the best candidate for their second vote for the two positions. I am the best person for those favoring strict gun control, unrestricted abortion rights, legalized marijuana, laws to protect the environment and fight climate change, LGBTQIA equality, immigrant rights, single-payer health care, citizenship for DACA recipients, higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy, #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, the rights of minority religions (Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, etc.) and atheists/agnostics, as well as those who like hip-hop and punk other forms of alternative music, artists, intellectuals, and MSNBC viewers. I am the best person for the top 1%.
Yes because justice. Yes because common sense. Yes because it's a good start, but it's only a pathetic attempt to redress the lack of attention paid to education in this backward state.
Double the education budget at least. Tax the rich. They're all crooks anyway.
Hahahahahahahahahaha. (Deep breath.) No, are you kidding me? Charter schools are filled with crooked administrators who cheat their students, the public, and the state, and they need to get thrown our on their asses and the worst schools need to be shut down.
You bet your sweet bippy I would. Arizona needs to establish gun laws more like those enacted in California, Florida, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
You make the mistaken assumption that the majority of Arizonans care more for the lives of schoolchildren than their neurotic need to own firearms. They do not. Until that changes -- and I doubt it ever will -- there's not much that can be done. I'm being honest. The Republican-controlled legislature and the Republican governor that the moronic voters of this backward state keep electing will cry their crocodile tears and say their thoughts and prayers after each school shooting, but really, the NRA has them in their pocket. What parents in Arizona can do to prevent their children to be in mass shootings is (a) home-school them or (b) send them to school in a better state or country. There are some excellent and safe private schools in Canada.
No, they need to be taxed more.
Yes because common sense.
No. I believe in the absolute, unfettered right to an abortion up to viability. There should be no more restrictions on abortions than there should be on any medical procedures that men have.
We need mandatory reductions in water usage by all stakeholders. Much of urban and suburban Arizona will be uninhabitable in a century anyway, but a sensible state would have had contingency plans in place years ago.
Yes, because that is what civilized cities, states and countries do in the 21st century. (But of course this is Arizona.)
No. It's discrimination, stupid.
Get rid of all the Republican legislators pronto.
Yeah.
I support it. Vouchers suck moose.
None. I don't trust Arizona. Granted, under this administration, I don't trust the federal government, either. We need to abolish ICE and restore sanity and humanity to our border policies.
Gimme a break! Of course not.
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The greatest threat to Arizona's future, based on their past performance, is the majority of its voters. I guess we can wait for them to die and be replaced by human beings.
The state should, of course, accept the money. Smart states do. Oh, wait, this is Arizona. Um, then, I might as well be talking to a spider or a duck.
They should be paid as much as or more than foster parents.
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Age 50
Family Widowed mother of three
Education Bachelor of Science in Human Communications Master of Science in infant Family Practice
Campaign Phone (480) 295-9438
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I was unable to vote for the plan because I don't believe the state will be able to sustain solvency should we hit an economic downturn. This plan left us was a mere $2 million after 3 years, and that was during good times. Additionally, the plan did not address the issue of school safety sufficiently.
I believe there needs to be accountability at the school board level when it comes to the allocation of funds and where they go within the district. The legislature is not in the business of setting teacher pay, that happens at the local District level. I am concerned that these funds never really make it to the classroom and to the teachers. I think we first need to start there and insist that the teachers are paid appropriately before we keep adding more money to the same problem.
I believe charter schools and traditional schools need to be as similar as possible. They are ran differently so I understand the different approach but I am very much and supportive transparency on all levels.
No.
Due to the fact that most mass shootings happen in gun-free zones, statistically more than 90%, the first thing we need to do is make sure that schools are protected by someone who can stop a shooter in real time. Until then, the schools are soft targets. We protect people in the bank, at the airport, even at the state capitol, so why shouldn't we protect our priceless children as well?
I think at this point we need to pause and look at revenue first. I'm not suggesting we raise taxes but we are clearly at risk now that we have approved a $600 increase in spending.
I personally am not a proponent of recreational marijuana, and having been to Colorado several times recently, I see the warnings they are giving us and the regrets they have for moving forward with legalization. For this reason, I am not prepared to support the legalization of recreational marijuana at this time.
Part of my profession involves the study and understanding of the capabilities of The Unborn Child. Having this in-depth knowledge makes it impossible for me to support abortion for convenience. Any measure that makes abortion safer and more restrictive so that only pregnancy terminations for the sake of the life of the mother are performed. I believe in cases of rape, if a woman could find it in her heart to bring the child to term and give them up for adoption, it would be ideal. However, I understand the trauma involved and therefore support abortion under these circumstances as well. Other than that, I do support restrictions on access and availability to convenience related abortion.
Education goes a long way in preventing unnecessary waste regarding water usage. We have many at the table who are taking a deeper look at the issue as we work to find the best solutions to this issue. It will be important to negotiate with the surrounding states regarding the usage of the Colorado River as our population continues to increase.
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