Happily married for 23 years to Navy Captain Elizabeth Ferrara, MD. We have two children, Madeleine (17) and John (14) and three dogs: Tucker, Cooper, and Archie.
The President has prioritized keeping his campaign promises. His performance on jobs and the economy is excellent. It’s proven that America is capable of 3-4% economic growth through lower taxes and regulation and a predictable, pro-investment business environment. I’m excited to see surging job growth and record-low unemployment for African-Americans and Hispanics. Previously discouraged workers are also back, returning to the workforce in droves. This is the path to the middle-class and the American Dream. I’m relieved to see priority back on our troops serving in Harm’s Way. As a Naval Officer, a three-deployment combat veteran, and now a military spouse, I know the risks and sacrifices military families have been enduring for nearly two decades. Sequestration harmed our safety and our national security. Service members are dying because of budget cuts. Politicians have a sacred duty to adequately man, train, and equip the brave Americans who defend our liberty and our way of life.
We need to overhaul our badly flawed immigration system but security and immigration are inextricably linked. Working one issue without working the other merely kicks the can down the road. We must address the status of those who were brought here as children and ensure that we don’t merely “band-aid” that problem while neglecting the challenges going forward. Children brought into this country illegally through no fault of their own should have the opportunity to emerge from the shadows without fear of deportation. Amnesty isn't a fair solution, but DACA kids who obeyed our laws should have a path to citizenship. For example, those willing to participate in public service careers such as the military or first responders could apply for citizenship. During my Navy career, I worked with thousands of stellar Filipino immigrants who joined the Navy and earned citizenship through this type of program. It’s a tremendous success story that we can replicate and a great example of a win-win.
The debt is the greatest threat to national security. That’s why healthcare is our most important domestic issue. Over $3.4 trillion, almost 1 out of 5 dollars spent in the US, goes towards healthcare! It’s the main driver of debt yet many Americans have poor access and mediocre outcomes. Health reform has failed to achieve affordability or accessibility. I see families forced to choose between medicine, food, and rent. In the Navy, I helped lead a world-class healthcare system. On Capitol Hill, I co-authored $200 billion bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare. Now I work at the Phoenix VA where I started a cancer program. In Congress, I will do it for all Arizonans. Unlike other candidates, I have a detailed solution to fix healthcare. It puts patients over profits, prioritizing quality and access. My plan strengthens the safety net (AHCCCS), reinvents the insurance market, and guarantees care for pre-existing conditions. It saves families and taxpayers money and will shrink the debt.
I will support the Members of my party that are most willing and able to work towards finding solutions to solve America’s many problems. The American people are tired of partisan gridlock and rightly demand that their Congressional leaders remember why they were elected: not to be divisive or to foment anger and vitriol but rather to work collaboratively to address real problems like healthcare, immigration, national defense, an economy that’s working for some but not all, student debt, energy policy, gang violence, and more. I know there are a host of great leaders from my party in Congress who are eager to achieve a bold American agenda. I look forward to supporting them and working together as colleagues to solve problems like true servant leaders.
I don’t recommend either. Health reform requires experience and innovation to deliver high quality, affordable care for all Americans. Both are worn out reboots of outdated systems. “Medicare for All” is simply “Medicaid for All.” It will destroy access for seniors and relegate the rest of us to rely solely on the government in our time of greatest need. Those who tout Medicare expansion don’t mention that Medicare is propped up by supplemental insurance policies to pay for vast uncovered expenses. Must patients pay for that? In 2017, Medicare cost more than the entire defense budget, over $700 billion! Like Europe, the government will ration care and provide bare-bones, low quality Medicaid for All. My plan reinvents the system. It delivers high quality, cost-efficient care to all Americans. As a doctor, I guarantee I’ll put patients first. My plan provides high value care to all Americans, secures and sustains the safety net, and never forsakes those with pre-existing conditions.
According to scientists, the climate is changing and there’s a human element. The direness of the change is highly disputed, however. There’s no scientific or economic consensus regarding the danger of human-influenced climate change. The Obama Administration estimated the cost of climate change is <0.1% of GDP and reported the US is capable of adaptation. The best defense against natural disasters is advanced infrastructure. As a first responder to the Asian tsunami, I witnessed apocalyptic devastation that killed >200,000. The province most affected was one of Indonesia’s poorest. With better infrastructure, thousands could have survived. Climate change policy must be pragmatic and balanced. Fossil fuels are needed to build modern concrete and transport infrastructure: critical elements to survive weather, disease, dehydration, and hunger. We must be mindful of our carbon footprint but not limited by it. Humanity’s greatest hope is continued adaptation in an ever-changing world.
I value the important role an independent counsel plays in preserving our separation of powers and cherish the notion that no one is above the law. However, I agree with the Federal Judge, T.S. Ellis, who questions the scope and authority that Mueller’s investigation has taken. It’s been afflicted by what we call in the military, “mission creep.” It’s gone on far too long and it’s been a meandering, seemingly directionless and endless probe. An investigation of this nature inherently undermines both the virtue and the value of an “independent” counsel. Mueller would be wise to self-impose definitions, parameters, and an endpoint to this investigation.
I believe in free and fair trade. The tariffs rightly endeavor to make trade more fair. I believe tariffs can be effective when used surgically against countries that are notoriously unfair trading partners, notably China. China’s behavior is poisonous to free and fair trade: theft of intellectual property, currency manipulation, imposition of hefty tariffs on American goods, government sponsored spying and cybercrime, and militarization of the shipping lanes in the South and East China Seas. China also floods the world market with commodities like cheap steel to depress prices and harm American workers. This is why it’s critical that we take a comprehensive, hard-line stance with China, including the use of tariffs. Now is the right time as the booming American economy has the resilience to weather a trade dispute. Further, China has more to lose in a trade war than we do, so a strong pre-emptive approach is an investment in our national security and our economic future.
No one with mental illness should have access to firearms. But more fundamentally, we must examine what has led so many teenagers to become homicidal. This is the tough question but it’s the important one because as long as we focus only on defending against the last massacre, we will always be playing catch up at the expense of many young lives. We must fix the problem at its source. While gun availability has remained constant for many decades, school massacres are a phenomenon of only the past two, starting with Columbine. We can agree that if homicidal kids didn’t have guns, they would still be homicidal. The problem stems from changes in social, spiritual, and family structures; corrosive and isolating technologies, cyberbullying, and a vast shortage in mental health services. While we prioritize early identification and treatment of homicidal teenagers, we must keep today’s kids safe with intelligent school designs, active shooter training, use of detection tools, and more SRO’s.
The economy is booming because of a virtuous cycle of policies that are both pushing and pulling the economy skyward. Personal income tax relief is putting thousands more dollars into people’s pockets, increasing confidence and goosing our consumer spending driven economy. Businesses are more competitive due to establishment of a competitive tax code and relief from crushing regulatory burden. Businesses and entrepreneurs can now be confident that the administrative state won’t meddle in their business, tattering their financial pro forma. In Congress, I will continue to aggressively promote pro-growth business policies including making the individual tax cuts permanent and extending even greater relief from compliance and regulatory burdens.
There is no question that NAFTA helps Arizona and is a vital part of Arizona’s economy. Mexico is our number one trading partner and the free flow of goods, services, and visitors between the US, Canada, and Mexico contributes roughly $25 billion in economic activity to our state. It’s past time that we modernize the agreement to reflect our information driven, high-tech economy that runs on digital devices and just-in-time supply chains. The foundation of a successful agreement is trilaterality, which strengthens not only economic bonds, but diplomatic ones as well. As we confront China’s malicious trade policies in the East, we have a great opportunity with our North American neighbors to show China and the rest of the world what a fair and valuable trading partner America is.
One of the virtues of our system of government is that we publicly debate the important issues of our time. That process is often contentious and messy. Passionate and patriotic citizens and legislators from diverse parts of the country appropriately exchange viewpoints on policies that affect their communities in vastly different ways. As a Representative of Congressional District 9, my priorities will always be with my constituents, my state, and my country. There are times where standing up for the former may put me at odds with colleagues in my own party or align me with colleagues on the other side of the aisle. The beauty of our system, however, is that when issues are debated in the light of day it enables us to find consensus that best serves the needs of all stakeholders.
One of the reasons I stayed in the Navy for 25 years was because it demands an impeccable display of personal qualities amongst its officers. The Navy has three Core Values: Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Strict adherence is non-negotiable. From the moment you set foot in Officer training, you learn that each moment of every day, whether at home or abroad, in or out of uniform, you represent your Navy and your country in all of your actions. These values form the bedrock of the leadership required to successfully shepherd men and women on death-defying missions to Hell and back. This is the fabric that our military is woven from and it’s a mild expectation to demand the same from elected officials. Public service -- especially representative government, is about Trust. When elected officials represent themselves unethically, it betrays the people’s Trust and corrodes our democratic system of government.
America has a rich history of inspirational leaders, exemplars of qualities essential to political leadership such as wisdom, justice, integrity, and courage. The past few decades have seen a shortage of political role models, however, leaving us few who are alive today. Secretary Condoleezza Rice is a tremendous role model and inspiration for me. With grace and humility, she’s singlehandedly bridged and transcended so many societal barriers and social taboos, paving the way for any American to achieve their greatest aspirations. A black woman born into a deeply segregated Alabama, deep family roots in slavery and post-Civil War sharecropping, she and her parents quickly recognized the liberating promise of education. Graduating college at 19, instantly recognized for brilliance in international and military studies, she has pioneered a series of firsts in government and academia. She lives by the four cardinal virtues, relates with ease, and leads with brilliance and civility.
Wife Nicole Stanton, son Trevor, and daughter Violet
I grew up at 39th Ave and Dunlap in west Phoenix; my mother was a part-time teacher and my father road the city bus every day to work as a shoe salesman at the JC Penny in Park Central Mall. While we had modest means, my parents always believed that service to others was a duty that rose above everything else. When there was a need in our community, our family worked to fill it.
Everyday I stepped into my office at Phoenix City Hall and now out on the campaign trail, I am driven and guided by the ethic of service my parents instilled in me and the desire to ensure we’re building communities where families, like the one I grew up in, can thrive. As a Mayor, points are never scored for giving a nice speech or going on some talk show, they are earned through delivering results. If elected, I will be a Mayor in Congress – prioritizing the needs of our communities and cities in the district to ensure they are receiving the support necessary to grow stronger and even more vibrant.
While I didn't vote for President Trump I know a lot of people who did vote for him. Whether you voted for him or didn't vote for him, there's no doubt that the chaos we’re seeing in the White House is hurting our communities. Too many of President Trump’s policies have hurt our economy and put our climate at risk, while weakening our country abroad and making us less safe - including this White House’s cruel and inhumane action of separating children from their families at the border. It’s clear that checks and balances need to be restored to Washington.
At the same time, I’m running for Congress to get things done for the people of the 9th district, and I’ll be willing to work with the President on areas that can improve the lives of Arizonans, such as investing in our infrastructure to create jobs and strengthen our economy.
In Congress I will support comprehensive immigration reform, similar to the effort led by our Senators McCain and Flake a few years ago, which includes a tough-but-fair path to citizenship, an expansion to the number of high-tech worker visas, and increased measures to secure our borders. I don’t believe the solution is using our nation’s taxpayer dollars to build another expensive wall. Rather, strategic and effective investments in increased surveillance and detection systems, not brick and mortar, is what will ultimately secure our border.
It is also my belief that we need a clean DREAM act now. Currently, we are forcing some of the best and brightest in our country to live in fear in the only country they’ve ever known, limiting the ability of these incredible individuals to contribute to our communities.
During my time as Mayor, I was proud to work with my colleagues to ensure that the City passed a balanced budget five years in a row and in Congress, I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance fiscally responsible policy which addresses the national debt but doesn’t cut funding to vital programs.
But to be clear, I will not support any debt reduction strategy that raises taxes for working families over the long term and puts Medicare and Social Security at risk which is exactly what the recent Republican tax plan will do in adding $1.6 trillion to the deficit.
I am running to represent the people of Congressional District 9 and we're running a people powered, grassroots campaign. From now until November, I will be working around the clock to earn the support of the voters in Congressional District 9 and win this race.
I’ve made it very clear that I'll have an open mind and look at any proposal, Republican or Democrat, if it’s a good idea that can expand coverage and lower costs while improving the quality of care. But Arizonans are hurting now. We’re paying too much for our health care, with premiums rising, and with still not enough insured. We can’t afford to wait to take action that helps people in the 9th district, which is why I support building on the Affordable Care Act and improving the law to improve care, as was originally intended to happen when it first passed.
Climate change is real and it affects all of us. As Mayor, I was proud to take steps to put Phoenix on the trajectory to be both zero-waste and carbon-neutral by 2050. Additionally, we took steps to ensure that the our community would remain compliant with the Paris Climate Accord, even after the President decided to pull the United States out of an agreement that now every other country in the world is signed on to.
Here in Arizona the one issue we all must especially be concerned about is our fresh water supply. I support the drought contingency plan and process in which all of Arizona’s key interests, both urban and rural, are adequately addressed. Arizona has had great leaders in Congress advocating for our interests during difficult water negotiations and I look forward to continuing that essential, bi-partisan tradition. It’s critical that the outstanding, long-term water planning that’s been done in Arizona is protected in any future multi-state discussions.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has proven time and time again to be a man of honor and great character. From his military service in Vietnam to his time as the Director the FBI, he has given a lifetime of service towards making our country a better place. All 19 US intelligence agencies confirmed there was foreign interference in the 2016 Presidential Election and I have full confidence that the Special Counsel is conducting a thorough and fair investigation. Therefore, once elected and if the investigation is still ongoing, I will work to protect the Special Counsel from interference until the conclusion of the investigation.
I do agree that the President should always be looking out for the best interests of American workers and companies. I also agree that it’s important to make sure that China is not taking advantage of America or American workers. But I am concerned that engaging in tit for tat trade conflicts, especially with our allies, without a clear strategy for how it will benefit American workers, is ultimately counterproductive both for the long-term harm it will do to our nation’s economic growth and to the difficulties working families will face due to the rising prices of everyday goods.
Here in Arizona our farmers are really feeling the negative impacts. CD-9 is an urban district, but as mayor of the largest city in the state of Arizona I learned that what's good for rural Arizona is good for urban Arizona and vice versa. Our economies are interconnected, and when you weaken farmers, they buy less farming equipment, which weakens manufacturers and costs jobs elsewhere.
I'm proud that Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ organization, Giffords PAC, has endorsed me in this race.
I support the second amendment. I support our sportswomen and outdoorsmen who are part of a great tradition here in Arizona. I also know that it’s important for our communities to be as safe as possible.
I support taking common sense measures that the vast majority of Americans support, such as universal background checks (supported by 97% of Americans), closing the gun show loophole, eliminating bump stocks, prohibiting those on the terrorist watch list from buying guns, and allowing the CDC to actually study how to combat gun violence.
In schools I do believe that school resource officers can be effective, not only for protecting our classrooms but also for ensuring that kids can develop a positive relationship with a police officer. We also must ensure that our schools have have the appropriate number of counselors necessary to ensure students always can access help.
Since 2011 unemployment is down and the stock market has reached all time highs. During these good economic times we must invest in ourselves by building roads, water infrastructure, upgrading our national grid, and installing more fiber optic cable to support high-speed internet - creating jobs and adding to the foundation on which our economy can continue growing.
When I was elected Mayor of Phoenix in 2011, our community was still reeling from the recession but through our investments in higher education, the biotech industries, cutting red tape for small businesses, quadrupling the number of tech companies in downtown, and growing our export economy - Phoenix is rising. From winning the President’s E-Award for export growth, to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce’s Champion of Trade Award, and being named 2017 Mayor of the Year by Governing Magazine - I have a proven and recognized track record of sustained economic growth to take to DC and fight for Arizonans.
Arizona’s economy is heavily reliant on trade with our southern neighbor. While our international trade agreements do need to be updated to fit Arizona’s modern economy, they must be negotiated in a way that does not jeopardize the approximately 200,000 jobs reliant on our state’s export economy.
Since Phoenix elected officials are non-partisan I can’t speak to directly crossing party lines. What I can speak to is this, during my time as Mayor we worked hard to stand for the proposition that government, when ran responsibly, can and should be a force for good in people’s lives. In other words, we passed policies in Phoenix that were both pro-business AND pro-people. But, most importantly, we always moved our policies forward with bi-partisan support, Republicans and Democrats working together to deliver real results for our communities.
Elected officials and those seeking office should be held to high moral and ethical standards. That’s why I was proud to work with my partners on the Phoenix City Council to pass and implement an ethics policy for its elected officials.
For me it’s simple - our leaders must hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct.
Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is an inspiration to me. During her time in Congress, she always worked in a bipartisan way - putting the needs of her constituents above partisan politics. Hers was the model I worked to imitate as a Phoenix City Councilor and during my time as Mayor.
The day that she was shot is one that I will never forget and, since that day, her resiliency and determination to turn a tragedy into an impetus for positive, common sense reform is incredible. She is living proof that bringing people of strongly held, differing beliefs together to bring about change is still possible, and I look forward to continuing to work with her and learn from her example throughout the rest of my career.