ISSUES

Issues

The children of Legislative District 11 deserve safe and quality neighborhood public schools. I will work to ensure teachers have the adequate resources they need to help every child reach their maximum potential. I stand for an expansion of quality early childhood programs to support working families and build a strong foundation for learning. I support funding to modernize school buildings and facilities to build safe and 21st century learning environments.

Our families in Legislative District 11 deserves a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. Anyone that works hard, should be afforded a quality job with a living wage and the ability to take care of themselves or their loved ones when they’re sick. I support the right for every employee to organize and will fight for worker protections, opportunities for joining a union and a safe working environment.

Our families in Legislative District 11 deserve access to universal quality healthcare. Healthcare should be comprehensive, including reproductive health. I will fight for universal healthcare coverage for all excluding no one, and embrace investing in our families’ health. I firmly believe that healthcare is a right, not a privilege for the few. I will fight passionately to remove all barriers, whether financial or legal to ensure that our families have the health coverage they deserve.

Residents in Legislative District 11 deserve a state legislator who understands how to stand up and protect immigrant families from federal inaction and the Trump Administration’s misguided priorities. As a state, we have a duty to our residents to protect their civil rights. I will work to be instrumental in the creation of policies which will keep our families together and reunite those who have been separated, while also providing everyday protections on the roads, homes, schools, and places of worship for all families.

Residents of Legislative District 11 deserve access to free or close to tuition-free post-secondary technical schools, community colleges, and universities. Arizona needs trained and educated workforce to attract good companies with good paying jobs and with good benefits. It’s time to invest boldly in our families’ future.

Residents in Legislative District 11 deserve a fair tax code. This priority is central to all other items since Arizona’s tax code is filled with loopholes and special-interest tax cuts, no one in Arizona believes it’s fair to give our most wealthy cuts on expenses like Private Airplanes. I support policies to close these loopholes and eliminate special-interest tax breaks for the wealthy. Arizona needs to hire more tax auditors and collectors to make sure everyone is playing by the same rules.

Our criminal justice system is broken, designed to produce profits with our private prison system in Arizona. This has led to the separation of families, destruction of lives and overcharging Arizona residents for minor infractions. I will stand strong against those that seek to unjustly imprisoned our families.
Arizona is ground zero for water shortages and the effects of climate change. Every year for the past 10 years, Arizona has broken records in daily highs and each year seems to get drier. Climate change is real and we need to take responsibility for protecting our only home, the planet we live on. I support green initiatives that create jobs, protect our water, and stem the damages of climate change. It is imperative that we take bold actions to address climate change and hold polluters accountable for putting profit over the health of our communities.
We must address persistent and ongoing issues of police brutality and racial profiling. Decades of systematic and deliberate mistreatment of African Americans and other people of color bubbled over in Arizona. We must evaluate the resources spent in policing and re invest these in community programs that address crime at the root: Housing healthcare, mental health services, and other social service programs.
I am proud to follow in the footsteps of civil rights titans throughout history, demanding and organizing for the rights of diverse walks of life to live and exist peacefully toward prosperity and happiness. It is my civic duty to defend the civil rights of all our community in Legislative District 30, no matter their ethnicity, creed, color, or orientation.
Love is love is love. No one should be discriminated against because of who they are or who they love. I support the rights of the LGBTQ+ community to adopt, purchase property together, and be legitimized in all legal and medical decisions. No one should be denied their rights because of who they are and who they love.

The solution to many of the problems plaguing our communities such as income inequality and rising crime rates, lies in our public schools. As a parent and a small business owner I can tell you that education is my top priority. Schools are the cornerstone of our communities. We need to recruit, train, compensate, and support educators like the professionals they are. We need more money in our classrooms and less micromanaging from politicians.

Democracy is under attack in Arizona. Republicans in the state legislature have introduced over 100 new bills this session that would make it harder for people to vote and easier for politicians to decide election results. Let me be clear, the people should decide who wins elections, not politicians. We have safe and secure elections in Arizona, and I will work to protect them, including our ability to vote by mail. I will work to make it easier for eligible citizens to vote, to maintain the integrity of our elections, and to protect our voting rights.

Gun violence is out of control in our country. While I believe in the Second Amendment, I also believe that right carries a great responsibility. And I’m not alone. The majority of Arizonans want common sense gun safety measures and I will support them once elected. Universal background checks, red flag laws, closing the gun show loophole, and bringing back the assault weapons ban won’t prevent every shooting, but they will save lives. We cannot continue to do nothing as our children are killed by these weapons everyday.

The government should not legislate what people can and cannot do with their bodies. I support a person’s right to choose and I think that decision should remain in the capable hands of the person and their physician.