I have been committed to being a voice for the people of AZ, rather than special or corporate interests that typically dominate political discourse. In being a voice, my goal has been to propose progressive, yet common sense ideas that improve people’s lives, allow them to bring home more pay, and raise happy and healthy families. I have always voted for the interests of the people, not my personal political ambitions. This has allowed me the freedom to speak the truth, take calculated risks and stay ahead of the curve in terms of moving policies that are progressive and beneficial to the people of AZ.
I absolutely support increased funding for public education that should primarily be used for increased teacher pay. However, I voted against the pay-raise plan that was ultimately passed by the legislature and signed by the governor because our state’s educators were disrespected by the governor and Republican leadership throughout the entire debate regarding teacher pay. This plan did not increase the pay of all educators and there are still questions about its sustainability yet there were plenty of other options the governor and the Republican legislature could have considered to provide sustainable and full funding to our schools, educators and students. The governor and Republican legislators were clearly not interested in solving the problem with this plan, they were only looking for political cover. For that reason I voted NO and I’ll continue fighting for sustainable funding for our schools into the future.
Sustainable revenue is the answer. We cannot fix the problem without increasing revenue in our state. We must show true leadership and do the responsible thing by examining ways to increase revenue to our state.
Absolutely not. There have been multiple incidences of corrupt charter school operators engaging in self-dealing to profit off of AZ taxpayers under the guise of the “school choice” movement. AZ has failed to hold charters accountable to our taxpayers.
Absolutely. I supported these efforts this year as amendments to the governor’s “school safety” plan but Republican legislators refused to adopt them.
We need gun reform. Although this issue has been over-politicized by the gun lobby, the majority of Arizonans, Americans and even NRA members support common sense restrictions to ensure guns do not fall into the hands of people who should not have them. A universal background check system is the type of common sense reform that will protect everyone’s 2nd Amendment rights yet keep our schools and our children safer.
I do not believe we should take any options off the table. I won’t say I oppose all tax cuts, yet at the same time, the governor and Republican legislature’s policy for the past decade of cutting taxes for no other reason than the sake of cutting taxes has been harmful to our economy, our schools and the general health and well being of our community. Tax cuts should be researched first, have sunset dates and ensured returns on investment in order for them to even be considered.
Yes. The criminalization of marijuana use hasn’t made our community safer and it’s only benefited the prison industry.
Absolutely not. This has only made it more difficult for hard working women to access quality reproductive healthcare.
We need to take a non-political and long-term approach to solving this issue.
Absolutely. Discrimination in any form is morally and ethically wrong.
Absolutely not. Discrimination in any form is morally and ethically wrong.
We must build an economy that works for ALL Arizonans that provides fair wages for working families, not just the CEO’s. 1 in 4 children in AZ shouldn’t be trapped in poverty.
I urge all Arizonans to vote NO on Proposition 305. I was a NO vote on SB1431 when it moved through the legislature. I continue to be opposed to the privatization of our schools and oppose vouchers as they direct funds away from our public schools into an unaccountable non- transparent system.
AZ should focus on developing a positive relationship with Mexico, our largest trade partner. Developing a positive relationship is key to maintaining a secure border and building a vibrant economy for our state.
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A lack of investment in public education is threatening the future of AZ.
Yes. The people of our state value taking care of our children and giving aid to working families that allows them to obtain employment. The state absolutely should authorize the expenditure of that money. My hope is that will be one of the very first things we do in the legislative session in 2019 in a bipartisan fashion. If we don't do that, we'd violate another value of the people of AZ of not using taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently.
Yes, the state does have a responsibility to these family members. One of our primary values as a state is the family. When extended family members step up to the plate to care for children going through tough times, we have an obligation to help them be successful. Although these family members do have access to other resources that typical foster families do not, it's still not enough to provide equitable assistance to kids in those circumstances. As a state we should be finding ways to make that assistance equitable.