Many people move to Arizona because of our climate. They know this is one of the greatest places in the country to live. Our business climate should be the same. As a former small business owner, I know how important it is for the state to support business and not get in the way with burdensome taxes and regulations. We need to work to create a business climate that will not only enable current businesses to grow and prosper, which will resulting in new jobs and an expanded economy, but will also draw corporations and entrepreneurs to Arizona. If we create the right climate, new businesses will come. This will grow our economy and raise revenues for the State without raising taxes.
We have passed jobs bills and tax reform that is already working to strengthen the business climate in Arizona. We can see this with the number of jobs that have grown in Arizona, which has been attributed by experts as a result of the legislation we passed.
A strong educational system is not only important for a strong business climate, but it’s also important because our children are our future. Their personal value is more than can be measured with dollars and cents. Their success depends on the quality of education they get. We should not settle for anything but the best for our children and their future.
The two most important people in the education process are the student and the teacher. Both need to be fully supported to bring an effective learning environment. Because of that students and parents deserve to have the opportunity to choose what’s best for them, whether that is in a public, private, charter school or homeschooling.
I also believe teachers should be paid according to the quality of the job they are doing. Teachers who do an exceptional job should be rewarded with exceptional pay. In hard economic times, it is even more important for our educational dollars to be spent in a way that will support the teachers in the classroom and not just the bureaucracy of the school district.
While in the legislature:
Voted for the largest pay increase in recent history as part of Governor Ducey’s 20×2020 plan.
Voted to increase K-12 education funding that goes directly to the classroom without raising taxes.
Voted for both Prop 301 and 123 putting millions of dollars into public education and the classroom.
Voted to fully restore funding to Career and Technical Education Programs across the state.
Keep us Safe and Secure
You should be able to rest in the knowledge that our borders are secure, your community is protected, and the law is upheld. Unfortunately, border security remains an ongoing issue that rests primarily with the federal government to address. But where the legislature has had an opportunity to weigh in, I have been consistent in voting to uphold our laws, support increased border security measures, and discourage illegal immigration. When it comes to our local communities, I support our law enforcement as they put their lives on the line to keep us safe.
Endorsed by the Arizona Police Association
Protect and Maintain Individual Rights
Article 2, Section 2 of the Arizona Constitution says, “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”
I believe it is critical for every legislator to understand this responsibility and evaluate every vote in light of it. You have certain rights and it is my duty as your representative to make sure they are protected. It also follows the motto I have tried to live by throughout my adult life, treat others the way you would want to be treated. You can count on me to protect your Constitutional rights including your First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion and your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
The term fiscal responsibility is often bantered around, but usually not well defined. It can be narrowed down to not spending more than what you bring in. Just as families and individuals need to balance their budgets, so must we as a State. Balancing the State budget was so important to the founders of our state that they made it a requirement in our State Constitution.
Another large part of being fiscally responsible includes how we manage our resources. It includes eliminating waste and setting spending caps, again, living within our budget. It’s not just saying “no” to spending but involves the complicated task of evaluating and assessing needs, setting priorities, and appropriating funding to achieve those priorities and to meet those needs. That is why we need to have legislators who are committed and focused on balancing our budget, not just putting band-aids on old problems. We need to rein in spending, cut waste and work at ways to increase our income without raising taxes. This will be especially important as we bring Arizona’s economy back post-COVID-19.
Supports life, marriage and family, and religious freedom
I am 100% pro-life and believe in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. I am committed to defending our most vulnerable at every stage. I have also been a strong advocate for family and faith, foundations of our country and building blocks to a healthy state and country.