Arizona House, District 19 {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

Sixty lawmakers, two from each legislative district, comprise the House of Representatives. The chamber has been under GOP control since the mid-1960s. The partisan divide is currently 35 Republicans and 25 Democrats. The job pays $24,000 a year, plus mileage and per-diem during session.

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  • Diego Espinoza
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    Lorenzo Sierra
    (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?

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Age 51
Family Wife: Rhonda Cagle Daughter: Megan Cagle Son: Lorenzo Adam Sierra III Son: Roman
Education BA in Journalism from ASU
Work history Current: Segal Consulting Previous: LoSierra Consulting LVM Systems Humana Aon U-Haul Honeywell
Twitter @sierra4az
Previous public office Avondale City Council, elected 2014
Campaign Phone (480) 242-9673
I come into office as well-prepared as any first-time state legislator. In addition to my work as on the Avondale Council, I have a great deal of relevant professional/community experience. I have served in healthcare organizations. This will help me provide value input into healthcare issues. I have relevant experience in economic development and job creation. On the Avondale Council, I have influenced an increase in housing starts and new businesses/jobs. I have also voted to provide the resources needed for our first responders to keep our community safe. My efforts in my elected and community board roles have resulted in: *Avondale being named an All America City *4,000+ elementary students receiving a brand new book *Tens of thousands of dollars in post-secondary scholarships *100s of new jobs *The return of Avondale’s founder’s day celebration *Networking opportunities for local teachers *Organizing the community following a racist attack
I fully support the concept of a 20 percent raise for teachers. However, I remain skeptical about whether or not the Governor’s funding approach is real or sustainable. I intend to work to create real and sustainable solutions that bring teacher pay to par with our competitor states.
I believe all stakeholders are ready to discuss all income sources that restore our funding levels to par with our competitor states. I believe I am the only non-incumbent in this race that comes into legislative office with the trust and credibility of the major stakeholder groups. I intend to be a credible contributor to the funding negotiations. Restoring funding begins with serious people having a serious discussion about a serious topic. Restoring funding also means taking a serious look at our ENTIRE revenue structure. I am ready to contribute my skills and experience to this effort.
When it comes to maintaining tax payer trust, one can never have enough transparency. I believe charter schools have some good accountability practices. For example, if a charter is not performing, it is shut down. However, sometimes this happens too late. And as for transparency, I am a proponent for strong transparency in all levels of governance.
From what I have seen over the past decade or two is the inability for Arizona to implement ANY policy that is perceived as a barrier to gun ownership. I would support stricter gun laws that keep fire arms away from people who should not have them.
As a city councilman, I have voted to provide school resource office in our city’s high schools. Our SRO’s should be a line of defense. Another way to prevent shootings is to coordinate access into school facilities so that someone who does not belong on campus is unable to get on to campus. I would support funding for SROs in all schools. I would also advocate for defensive design in new schools and retrofitting access points at existing schools.

Because of the dire funding shortfalls in so many aspects of state services, I would not support any additional tax cuts until we have researched and adjusted our current structure.
I believe well-regulated, responsibly consumed marijuana should be legal. Three main reasons are: 1. Decreased incarceration 2. Legally mandated safety and usage standards 3. Revenue generation
No, Arizona has not. Increased restrictions may cause undue physical and psychological damage to a women looking to LEGALLY access this healthcare procedure.
Water is an extraordinarily complex subject. In Arizona, it is a city, county, state, interstate, national, international, tribal issue with stakeholders trying to preserve their allocations to the best extent possible. I know water experts who have spent entire careers working on this issue. I come into this issue with the sincerest intentions. I have a lot to learn. In my own jurisdiction I have voted to secure the resources needed to ensure a safe and reliable water delivery system. All that said, I believe we are approaching the time where stricter water conservation policies will have to be put into effect – especially when it comes to the Colorado.
I have and will continue to support anti-discrimination policies and practices. One’s self-identifying orientations should not be a hindrance to the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

No. Ultimately, laws like these are found to be unconstitutional. Adjudicating these issues takes precious resources that could be used in higher priority areas.

One of the best ways the legislature can encourage sustainable economic growth is by improving Arizona’s overall quality of life. That includes quality P-20 education; strong infrastructure; safe, reliable water; plentiful recreation; vibrant arts, etc. Doing this means taking the time to define our aspirations. A good start would be “The Arizona We Want” by the Center for the Future of Arizona. Having an improved quality of life will help us attract and retain the best talent.

No. All education-focused efforts should be on P-20 public education.
I am personally voting no on 305. I am encouraging anyone I know to also vote no. I will actively campaign for no on 305.
This is a federal issue. As a representative, I will encourage our congressional delegation to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Until then, I would expect that any support Arizona does provide is reimbursed.
Not being a member, I prefer not to give an answer. I know that when I am in the legislature, I will conduct myself honorably. I will encourage my colleagues to also do so.
Something not mentioned here, but looms large - in my opinion - is the new procurement standards that were adopted in the last session. While created with good intention, the “low-bid” standards have the potential to adversely affect the hundreds of honest vendors that have been playing by the rules for years. I will encourage my colleagues to take a look at that law to ensure we are not adversely affecting our valued entrepreneurs.
However, I believe the greater threat is water. Because it is complex and multi jurisdictional, solutions will be hard to achieve. Without safe, ample, reliable and sustainable water Arizona cannot grow.
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