I believe that every child in Arizona deserves the very best education possible. Arizona legislators continue to treat our education budget as a piggy bank and feel free to raid funds whenever they desire. At a minimum, the state needs to repay the 301 funds that they borrowed from our children and restore education funding to pre-recession levels. I would like to see Arizona offer free community college for all of our residents. In the emerging economy, everyone can benefit from a college degree. As a state, we need to lessen the burden when it comes to earning that degree. Finding a way to offer a free community college education will go a long way towards decreasing the wealth gap in the United States.
I believe that we need to prioritize our safety in this country. While law abiding citizens have the right to bear arms that right is not unconditional, nor without responsibilities. A first step in solving gun violence is increasing the number of councilors in our public schools. Additionally, I believe we need: a national registry that tracks firearm ownership, a ban on high capacity magazines, a ban on bump stocks, and universal background checks. I also believe Arizona needs to update and maintain the criminal database so that we can effectively run background checks. Maintaining the status quo on gun control is unconscionable when our children’s lives are at stake
I believe that all citizens have a right to quality healthcare. We should move towards a system that will not bankrupt families who have health emergencies. Additionally, quality mental healthcare should be a part of every health care program. A comprehensive health program includes screening and treatment for all families.
I firmly support equality for all. LGBTQIA individuals deserve the same rights and protections afforded under the law as everyone else. I cannot believe that it took s Supreme Court decision to grant marriage protections for all. Those protections should be codified in state law and I will fight to have housing and employment protections added as well. Arizona is a fiercely independent state and I believe that most Arizonans do not want to interfere in anyone else's personal life.
People should have total and complete control over their own bodies. This includes a woman's right to choose her own healthcare decisions and as well as any end of life directives.