Arizona Senate, District 12

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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    Elizabeth Brown
    (Dem)

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    Eddie Farnsworth
    (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 64
Family Husband, 2 daughters and son-in-laws, 4 grandchildren
Campaign Phone (480) 766-1801
I am the best person for the job because I have broad interests for the state of Arizona from education to the environment to the economy to ethics and to equality, where as the currant representation seems to be narrowly focused on privatization and business interests instead of "we the people". Also, the current representation is not accessible to all the citizens of the district. I will have a more open door policy. I have had experience in the education system, state government and I have seen the issues that affect the lives of Arizonans. These experiences have given me the confidence to be a true public servant.
The teacher pay-raise plan passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Doug Ducey is a good place to start. However, the plan lacks specifics. There is no mention of a sustainable funding source. Educators called for 20% pay raises for teachers and certified staff, competitive wages for classified staff, annual raises until the state-teacher salary reaches the national average, the return of school funding to 2008 levels and a decrease in class sizes to a 23:1 student-to-teacher ratio. None of these were addressed.
The state should address funding for its schools in next years budget by reviewing the tax codes. There are several tax benefits that corporations receive that benefit the public, however, there are many that do not. For those who do not benefit the public the state needs to re-visit those tax incentives and close loop holes for a revenue source for our public schools.
No, Arizona does not do enough to require accountability and transparency for charter schools. In this past Legislative Session charter schools were given the right to not have to report public funding. When the school board's only member is the owner, it is completely unacceptable that this person would be allowed to vote on the budget. This is anything but transparency.
Yes, I would support stricter gun laws. When our forefathers wrote the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution the only gun available was a Musket which only allowed enough powder for one shot. It is inconceivable to me that our forefathers would agree with what is going on now. As far as raising the minimum age requirement, I would need to further research. I support banning bump stocks and universal background checks on gun sales between private parties. I am proud to be endorsed by Moms Demand Action.
To prevent mass shootings in Arizona we need more school counselors. The current ratio is 924:1. This is unacceptable. We also need to provide more mental health facilities which would be accessible for our children.
Any corporation who tries to get out of paying their fair share of taxes is UN-American. Taxes are for providing monies for public education, infrastructure (roads), fireman, police officers, state parks among other services. The whole tax structure needs to be re-evaluated by looking into our tax loopholes.
Yes, recreational marijuana use should be legalized in Arizona to help increase our budget.
No, Arizona has not taken the right approach by increasing restrictions on abortion providers and clinics. The 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution recognized the constitutional right to privacy extending to a woman's right to make her own medical decision. It is not the role of the government to meddle in a woman's right to choose what is best for her. I am proud to be a recommended candidate by AZ List.
To prepare for a potential water-shortage declaration on the Colorado River we need to start educating the public so they understand and begin to care about the water shortage in our state. The water issue is complicated. Key water users and leaders need to have serious and thoughtful dialog. They need to advance the interest of all Arizonians, not just their own entities. All claims are legitimate but we must make compromises. We all need to work together to lobby the Bureau of Reclamation, whose commissioner is an Arizonian. The Arizona legislature and governor need to be consulting with the stakeholders. People of this great state cannot be cut off the Colorado River supply before California takes any cuts at all, especially since California is not readily in the Colorado River Basin.
Yes, I would support a statewide law that bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in public accommodations, such as restaurants and other businesses. If we allow discrimination it will take us back to the days of WW ll. As a state do we really want to go backwards? I find it disheartening that we are even discussing this in the year 2018.
Due to the First Amendment of the United State Constitution, no, I would not support a statewide law to allow business owners and others to deny services to customers based on religious beliefs. As stated in the previous question this would take us back to the days of WW ll.
The Legislature can best encourage sustainable growth that benefits people of all income levels by fully investing in public education, including in higher education. If we have a good education system our children will be productive and contribute to society.
Public money should be used for public schools.
I will vote no on Proposition 305.
Securing the border with Mexico is the responsibility of the federal government.
No, the Legislature needs to do more to address concerns about sexual harassment among its membership. The Legislature needs to create laws to make it easier for women to come forward if they are being harassed. Legislatures need to be held accountable for any wrong doings.
An issue that has not received enough attention at the Capitol is the Arizona water drought. Without water we cannot begin to address our other challenges because shortage and drought threatens the very existence of our communities. It is important to move forward the conversation so we can thrive in our great state. If we do not act on this situation, Arizona's most precious resource will dwindle away. I would address this concern by bringing all the stakeholders to the table to have a meaningful and thoughtful conversation regarding the challenges facing our state in regards to water.
The greatest threat to Arizona's future is the water drought. We cannot survive without water. Water is essential for the survival of mankind. I would address it by bringing all the stakeholders to the table to have a meaningful and thoughtful conversation about how we can solve the water situation before it becomes a crisis.
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Age 57
Family Wife, Janet. Seven daughters, six sons-in-law, twenty-five grandchildren.
Campaign Phone (480) 857-8073
Education: BA in Economics from U of A, MBA-specialty in finance and investments and Juris Doctor from George Washington University, Washington D.C. Experience: Practiced corporate law for twelve years. I have operated a successful business for twenty-three years. In the legislature I served as House Majority Leader, Chairman of the very important House Judiciary Committee and as the Chairman of the Ethics Committee. Success: In addition to successes in law and business, I have been fortunate to have legislative success. I have had over one hundred bills signed by the governor including, Jacob’s law which helps foster families, expanding protections against child sex trafficking, and legislation protecting 2nd amendment rights. Motivation: My wife and I are third-generation Arizonans and natives of the East Valley, where we chose to raise our family. We are deeply rooted in the community. We love Arizona and want to make it a better place for our children and grandchildren.
Yes. I voted for the increase
Because of the excessive spending during the Napolitano years, the downturn hit Arizona especially hard. At one point Arizona had the largest deficit in the country as a percentage of revenues. Through good, conservative fiscal policy and making difficult decisions the legislature has been able to realize a true structurally balanced budget this year. Economic growth and conservative budgeting has allowed us to increase education funding for the last several years. We will continue to address education funding and the additional pay increases through economic growth which results in additional revenues to the state.
Yes. Charter schools are private businesses that contract with the state. Charter schools are overseen by the State Board for Charter Schools, which is a state agency. They are subject to annual financial audits, academic performance audits, established periodic reviews by the State Board and ultimately accountable to parents who may choose to leave the school if they aren’t performing as expected. Accountability is very much in place. The transparency is even greater than what is expected of other private corporations that contract with the state. The questions should be, “are they fulfilling their contract with the state?” “Are they performing?”. Charter schools are not government entities and measuring performance is the same standard as other state contractors. If they are not performing, the state has the authority to revoke their charter and shut them down.
I do not support stricter gun laws. The Second Amendment recognizes and protects our God-given right to defend ourselves, our families and others from harm that would be committed against us. Increasing restrictions would simply burden law abiding citizens and be a mere inconvenience for criminals.
We should stop creating gun free zones. Those that would do harm know that schools are unable to defend themselves or the children they have a fiduciary to protect. We should allow employees that 1) volunteer and 2) are trained in firearms to carry weapons on campus. The only way to stop a shooter is to meet force with force. The only way to meet force with force in a timely manner and stop or minimize the harm is to have individuals who are armed and competent on the campus.
We should minimize the taxes we place on our citizens and businesses. We must tax enough to fund the constitutional and proper functions of government and nothing more. If the state is collecting excess funds then the state should reduce taxes and allow the people to keep their own money. I believe this is both good policy and stimulative to the economy.
No. I do not support legalizing recreational use of marijuana. All we have to do is look to the Colorado experience since they have legalized recreational marijuana to realize the negative effects of marijuana as a recreational drug.
Yes. The state has a vested interest in protecting the health and safety of its citizens. Regulating abortion providers in the process of a major, intrusive surgery is proper in fulfilling the state’s responsibilities.
The Arizona Legislature must consider all options in confronting the imminent water crisis and be prepared to deal with a shortage call. First, Arizona must adopt water conservation measures that will address the priorities of water usage if a shortage call is issued. The water conservation plan should remove Arizona agriculture as the first industry to receive water reductions. Non-essential urban water use, such as watering lawns, should be prioritized at the bottom of the use list. Second, Arizona should reduce the need for water by proper forest management. Arizona must pressure the feds to thin overgrown forests and reduce wildfires. Third, Arizona should continue to explore alternative sources of fresh water. Though Desalination faces some hurdles, it could provide a means to desalinate Arizona’s significant brackish aquifer reserves. Finally, Arizona must work in cooperation with the other Colorado River Basin states in coming to a solution that is a win-win.
No. Sexual preference should not be a protected class.
Yes, for non-protected classes. The right to worship and believe as we choose and property rights are fundamental rights that are constitutionally protected. To force someone to violate their fundamental religious beliefs violates the constitution and infringes on their property rights.
A thriving economy benefits everyone. The legislature should allow the free market to operate with as little intrusion and regulation as possible. By maintaining a low tax and limited regulatory environment the free market is likely to thrive. A thriving economy creates jobs, income and security. We need to get out of the way of business and free market.
I’m in favor of parent choice in education. I think parents know better than government in which type of educational environment their children will thrive. As we provide more options to parents, they are better able to find the right solution for their children’s educational needs. This may include district schools, ESAs, homeschooling, or charter schools.
First of all, Arizona does not have a voucher program and the courts have upheld the constitutionality of ESAs. I oppose Prop 305 and support the expansion of choice that was passed by the legislature. This expansion empowers parents and will help children.
Immigration policy is exclusively within the federal government purview. However, the State of Arizona has the right and responsibility to protect its citizens. I believe that we all benefit when the states and the federal government work together in enforcement of policy. Therefore, the state should assist the federal government in enforcing the policies by reporting those who violate immigration policies to the feds, prohibiting benefits to those who are here illegally, and assisting at the border if there is a need for additional man power.
Yes. Awareness, new policies and additional training address the issue.
Water is an issue that needs immediate attention. As Arizona faces nearly two decades of drought, it creeps closer and closer to the federal government declaring a shortage. This would have the effect of restricting water availability and usage which will dramatically impact Arizona and Arizona agriculture. The likelihood of this restriction increases every year and we must be prepared to deal with it.
The greatest threat to Arizona is the destruction of individual rights. We are abandoning the principles that have made this country and state the envy of the world. Success is unpatriotic. The war on property rights is escalating. Government control and regulation is daunting, borders and sovereignty are cruel and elitist. We must return to the foundation established by the founders and respect and protect life, liberty and property.
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