Arizona Senate, District 29

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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    Martin J. Quezada
    (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 41
Twitter @SenQuezada29
Campaign Phone (602) 653-0437
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.
See below.
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.
No.
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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.