Arizona Senate, District 9

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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    Victoria Steele
    (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 62
Family Mother, father, and adult son - live near me in Tucson
Campaign Phone (520) 800-4862
Arizona is a gorgeous state with good-hearted, hard-working people. I refuse to sit on the sidelines while refugee children are ripped out of the arms of their parents at the border, public education is under fire, women are losing the right to make their own medical decisions, we are facing a water shortage, and children now have to have active shooter drills in their classrooms. As a former State Representative, I know that I can make a positive difference in the lives of Arizonans. My priorities are the 5Es, Education, Economy, Environment, Equality and Eliminating Gun Violence. You deserve a Senator who has the courage & experience to stand-up for you & your family, someone willing to do the hard work with integrity & fierceness. I am that woman.
I do not support the plan because I expect that Republicans in the State Legislature, will find a way to sabotage the plan, refuse to fund it and thereby kill the funding plan.
We need to take a good hard look at the tax breaks that the Republicans in the Legislature have been throwing out like candy at a Fourth of July Parade for years and we must determine which of tax giveaways can be eliminated so we have the resources to fund education without raising taxes.
No
Yes
Make guns less accessible to minors with a Child Access Protection Law to hold gun owners accountable for the safe storage of firearms.

Add more counselors and social workers to schools to help students who are troubled.
No, I would not support additional tax cuts for individuals or businesses.
I support efforts to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in the same way that alcohol and tobacco are regulated. The criminalization of marijuana use disproportionately harms young people and people of color, and does nothing to curb youth access. Allowing the possession, use, and sales of marijuana in Arizona has the potential to generate revenue, stimulate commerce and support the agricultural economy.
Arizona’s approach to abortion has been harmful to women. Abortion care is a necessary aspect of women’s healthcare and access to safe, legal abortions is essential. Outlawing abortion and further limiting access, will not result in fewer abortions - it will result in more women dying from unsafe abortions.
Water is one of Arizona’s legacy issues and our water system has reached a tipping point. Water levels in Lake Mead are at record lows and Arizona must move quickly to create a drought contingency plan to prepare for and delay expected shortages.
Discrimination against any human being for any reason should be strictly prohibited.
No. Discrimination against any human being for any reason should be strictly prohibited.
A high quality, public education and thriving university community college and vocational/technical school system are vital to Arizona’s economy and quality of life. We must have a highly educated and skilled workforce to take us confidently into the future.
No
The voucher program should be repealed immediately. We should not be siphoning taxpayer dollars from public schools to fund private and religious schools, especially at the expense of the vast majority of Arizona students who attend public schools.
The current situation at our border with Mexico is a manufactured crisis compliments of the Trump administration. We do have issues regarding immigration that need to be addressed but ripping children out of their parent’s arms does not keep us safer and does nothing to curb the problem of drug trafficking.
The fact that a sitting Legislator was ejected from the State House this year for reportedly sexually harassing several women is proof that more must be done to make the Legislature an environment that is free from sexual harassment. There should be an independent system that allows victims and bystanders to report sexual harassment without fear of retribution.
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I believe the impact of climate change on Arizona will be extreme and we must be prepared for the increased energy needs, increased heat-related deaths, larger, more frequent and more severe fires and a looming water shortage.

We must agree to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and switch to cleaner, less expensive sources of energy such as solar and wind and work with our neighbors to create a drought contingency plan.
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