Issues

Economy/Jobs

State representatives need to use their legislative authority to develop public policy that promotes the state’s economy. As a professor of business and economics, this is a topic I have knowledge of and teach. In my judgment, the most effective way a state representative can create jobs is to fight high taxes and unnecessary regulations. In addition, lawmakers need to formulate and support public policies that will:

  • Encourage business start-ups
  • Support existing businesses in Arizona and help them to expand
  • Entice businesses in other states to relocate to Arizona
  • Promote sustained economic growth

Manufacturing, ranching, agricultural, and mining are some of the industries that are important to our economy and thus need to be supported and promoted.

Taxes

I support low taxes.  Government should tax only enough to run an efficient and effective state government and not for wasteful spending. Instead of paying additional taxes for frivolous government spending, I believe people should be allowed to keep more of their hard earned money and spend it on things of their choosing. After all, a lot of people are living check to check and could use money on things such as paying down bills or taking their family out to dinner.

Budget

It is important that lawmakers develop a balanced budget each fiscal year that does not include wasteful spending.  My experience in working with accounting/budgets includes teaching accounting at the college level, developing budgets as a small business owner, and developing public sector budgets while working for a k-8 school district in Phoenix. Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoy working with numbers.

Education

We need to:

  • Resolve our state’s teacher shortage problem
  • Pay our teachers more money
  • Increase funding in the classroom
  • Ensure our students learn how to read, write, and do math
  • Require our students to memorize multiplication facts
  • Teach our students to become financially literate
  • Support strong STEM programs

I support school choice.  Parents, not the government, should be the ones to make educational choices for their children.

Military

I will do whatever I can to support our military and take care of our veterans. I feel proud to live in the district that has Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Luke Air Force Base, and the Army Yuma Proving Ground. One particular item I am interested in taking up, if elected, is veterans with disabilities and their dependents’ college tuition. I would like to write a bill that would allow dependents of veterans with military-related disabilities to have all tuition costs waived at public colleges and universities in our state. This is just one small token of appreciation that we can show our veterans.

In addition to supporting our military personnel because of what they do or have done for us, I recognize and appreciate the fact that having military bases in our communities is a major economic benefit!

Freedom is not free; we should never take our military for granted.

Second Amendment

As a proud member of the NRA and supporter of the U.S. Constitution, I support and cherish the Second Amendment. The U.S. Constitution makes it very clear that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms:

“…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Public Safety

First responders play a critical role in society and are very important.  They need to be paid adequately and have access to all the necessary resources to do their jobs effectively.

Secured Borders

Protecting our borders is vital to homeland security.

Colorado River

I understand the importance of water for our state. We need it for domestic and irrigation purposes, and we need to make certain we have enough of it to take care of our agricultural industry. It’s an important resource that is vital to our economy.

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