what matters to arizona
Education matters. Enormously. I will fight to return over $85 Million in lost funding and make Education a priority in this state. Equal access to quality education is the foundation as well as the umbrella for which all other issues can flourish. Arizona has the lowest paid teachers in the country.
Our children are suffering. This crisis will only get worse and will impact every aspect of the lives of Arizonans from the economy to safety, health care, civil rights and security. This matters most, and I will fight to get proper and decent funding back into the public schools from K-12 and college as is iterated in the Arizona State Constitution.
health care matters
In order to live up to the ideals of the American Dream, we must see freedom going hand in hand with equal access and opportunity to basic human necessities, like Health Care. I will fight for legislating fair and equal access to quality and affordable health care to all, to include the protection of Medicare for the elderly, Medicaid for the poor and preventive medicine for all.
We are not a welfare state, but we are humans with an obligation to ensure the poorest of the poor, the elderly, Veterans and children have equal access and opportunity to receive quality health care. This matters.
human rights matter
economic health matters
Yes, this matters—more than ever. Championing, protecting, defending and offering equal rights, equal protections and equal securities to ALL human beings is the very least we can do as a nation who touts itself to the world as the Beacon of Human Rights and Humanity. I will promote, write and vote for legislation to protect ALL constitutional rights for ALL human beings but most importantly those seeking a strong voice and champion—the LGBTQ community; Immigrants seeking citizenship; Women; Veterans; the Elderly and the Poor.
Jobs matter. As Tucson continues to grow, I will push for legislation to ensure that growth includes companies who adhere to clean energy requirements and hiring local employees. Investors creating new business must be required to contribute to the environment, jobs as well as outreach programs in our local schools and colleges. I will also introduce bills to support a comprehensive and holistic plan to address the continuum of education from Pre-School through college in order to grow our own cadre of future employees, employers, taxpayers and civically minded contributors invested in the growth of our society, as opposed to the thousands of children who, when ignored are ending up as burdens on society.
Arizona should be the world leader in Solar Power. We are the sunniest state in the U.S. And yet, the electric company, TEP continues to punish private homeowners who go solar. Arizona’s dry climate also places us in danger of running out of water—a 52% chance of shortage by 2022. The price of gas continues to climb, as fossil fuels are finite. Clean and alternative forms of energy must happen now. It may not matter today, but it will matter to our children when they run out of water, fuel and a decent place to play with their kids. We are the caretakers of the planet. Let us not fail that responsibility.