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teacher, Veritas Preparatory Academy, since 2014; instructor, University of Phoenix, since 2013; supervisor of District Communications, Mesa Public Schools, 2011-2013; communications specialist, Arizona House of Representatives, 2008-11; legislative liaison, AZ Dept of Corrections, 2005-08.
Precinct committeeman, 2006-08 & 2011-12; field representative, Bush Cheney 04 Inc., 2004; intern, Congressman John Shadegg, 2003.
State Representative, 2013-14; 2015-16.
Memb have incl:
Board member, Childhelp, current; board member, Arizona Correctional Industries, current; board member, Downtown Mesa Association, 2012; board member, Arizona Humanities Council, 2012; president, ASU West New College Alumni Board, 2008
Translating and reading the Classics, hiking, camping, weightlifting, Greek & Latin, writing op-eds.
Two biggest issues:
Education and fiscal stability. On education, we need to prevent marijuana legalization in Arizona as that would have such a detrimental impact on Arizona students. We already lead the nation in disengaged youth or K-12 age students who are neither in school or working. Marijuana legalization would only exacerbate this already significant crisis. And we need a streamlined education funding formula that is currently being worked out through the Governor’s Classrooms First initiative. On fiscal stability we must ensure we’re not spending more than we’re bringing in as a state while still funding the core, necessary services of government. Concurrently, we need to continue to grow our economy and make Arizona as business friendly as possible.
Public safety and education. It’s extremely difficult to cut expenditures given our needs as a state and the little discretion the legislature has in state spending due to statutorily driven and voter protected spending. One key way to increase revenue is through fair and equitable, broad based tax relief and recruiting businesses from less business friendly states.
Government is responsible for core, necessary services and should foster the conditions that allow businesses to thrive including stable and predictable tax environments. Tax credits are like tax increases; they rarely go away so we ought to be very judicious as a legislative body when passing future tax credits. Conversely, I support equitable and broad based tax policies that apply to all industries and businesses.
Absolutely not. Legalizing dope would have a pernicious effect on Arizona schoolchildren. Serious peer reviewed research regarding the effects of marijuana has been shown to: increase high school drop outs, lower one's IQ, induce memory loss/motor impairment, and in heavy dosages or long term use cause paranoia and psychosis - especially among adolescents. Further, on May 23, 2016 the Denver Post reported that among Colorado residents age 12 and older, they are the only state as a “Top 10” consumer of marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, and opioid painkillers for non-medical reasons. We don’t need or want that here in Arizona. For more info on why we should reject marijuana legalization here, see this piece I wrote: http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2015/10/29/arizona-should-improve-education-rather-than-making-it-worse-by-legalizing-marijuana/
Gifts to elected officials:
I would like to see a single reference point in law for lobbyists and legislators that clarifies what, if any, types of gifts are permissible, and establishes consistent definitions of gifts and items that require disclosure. I would also like to see a more easily navigable reporting system on the Secretary of State’s website that would allow the public to see who’s accepted a gift and what the gift is.
Campaign finance reforms:
We’ve made significant reforms in the 52nd Legislature, 2nd Regular Session regarding campaign finance laws. However, similar to the new candidate website on the Secretary of State's website that includes the more than 200 congressional, county, and state candidates in one location, I’d like to see a similar one stop user-friendly site that includes the most updated data so Arizonans can see all of this information at their fingertips.
Pro-life / pro-choice:
I am unequivocally pro-life.
Public policy advice:
It depends on the issue but typically National Review, The Weekly Standard, First Things, the Wall Street Journal, and City journal. However, as with all issues, no matter what I read or whomever I discuss issues with, I’m looking for a good argument, whose conclusion necessarily follows from its premises, contains no informal fallacies and whose premises are more plausible than their negations. No matter what the issue is, I always want to hear the best arguments on both sides and then decide accordingly.