My Platform

"I come from a proud working-class family with a long history of public service. I have long had a desire to increase my involvement in our community and the city I love. I want to work for you and make Phoenix and our community here in Central Phoenix the best I know it can be. I intend to work tirelessly for the issues important to our community - education, infrastructure, and equality"
LIST OF ISSUES
Education
 

"I firmly believe that a good education is essential to the well-being of a community and a society. In a time of skyrocketing tuition costs, we must support our community colleges and trade programs. Both offer cost-saving opportunities for our youth, and adult learners while providing tools for building a better life and future. 

 

However, we must not forget that education starts in early childhood. I find it to be unacceptable that our state has continuously regulated teacher pay to the bottom of the list in legislative priorities. Teachers should not be forced to pay for necessary classroom supplies out of their already underpaid salaries. The teachers and children of our community deserve much better."

Mental Health Treatment- Affordability and Accessibility
 

"Communities across the country are battling against drug addiction, homelessness, violence, crime, and an increasing prison population, for which Phoenix is certainly not immune. I believe these problems stem from the lack of accessibility to and the affordability of mental health treatment and it's associated stigma. I am committed to serving as an advocate for the increased funding of programs that assist our working-class and most vulnerable community members. They are the people who routinely slip through the cracks and into the corners of our society. "

Healthcare
 

"I believe that healthcare is a basic human right. No one should be faced with the prospect of going broke to pay for medical bills. I support Medicare for All but until Congress and the President act, I will fight for expanded Medicaid coverage with a public option for all Arizonans. "

Infrastructure
 

"Phoenix is at a critical time in its growth as a city and community. We must decide whether we want to be a city of growth and opportunity or relegated to stagnation and limited opportunities. A city of growth requires a strong commitment and dedication to the funding of new and existing infrastructure, and I believe in this vision. I support the expansion of our existing light rail as an economic driver in our community."

Equality
 

"I believe in equality and respect for everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or belief system as a basic human right and basis of law. Irrespective of our differences, we owe one another the opportunity to coexist. "

Gun Control

"I believe in the 2nd Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms. However, we cannot ignore the crisis of an increasing rate of mass shooting incidents devastating our communities. Assault and military-style weapons have no place in our neighborhoods. Common sense legislation such as Universal Background Checks and bans on high capacity magazines can no longer be ignored and therefore must be implemented. People expect to feel safe in their communities and schools. Our Representatives have a duty to ensure they are fighting for these issues on behalf of all citizens. "

Immigration 
 

"For far too long has the immigration issue been used to divide our communities and endanger those seeking refuge and the opportunity of the American Dream. Immigrants are our neighbors, our co-workers, our classmates, and members of our community. I believe in a secure border. I believe we must pass immigration reform that protects those seeking safe entrance to our great county. We must end the mass incarceration and family separations. We must protect the children regardless of nationality. For immigrants already here, some for decades, we must create common-sense legislation that provides a path to citizenship. "

Partisanship
 

"Partisanship has brought our Congress to a total standstill. This gridlock often means our State Legislatures are required to pick up the slack and be strong advocates for our communities and its members. I believe that too often our ideas are viewed through a partisan lens, which can be detrimental to the communities elected officials are supposed to serve. 

 

I am committed to bringing common sense to our Legislature and being a passionate advocate for our community. I believe that a good idea is a good idea, regardless of origin. We must, as a community, find common ground to work together to advance the common good."

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