Arizona CCEC (Citizens Clean Elections Commission) hosted 2 debates this week in Southern Arizona:
LD 3 House debate at PCC West Campus on October 3: Democratic House Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales and Green Party candidate Edward “Trey” Cizek III — campaigning for 2 seats in the House. Not participating was the other Democratic House Rep. Macario Saldate, running traditionally (not required to be there). All candidates in this race are running traditionally (not with clean elections funds), but CCEC will host a debate is someone requests it.
State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford (D) did not participate as she is unopposed.
View LD 3 debate online here:
LD 11 Senate and House debate at Hilton El Conquistador Hotel on October 4: State Senator Steve Smith (R) vs. challenger Ralph Atchue (D); House Rep. Mark Finchem (R), House Rep. Vince Leach (R), Democratic challenger Corin Hammond (only clean elections candidate in this race) – campaigning for 2 House seats.
View LD 11 debate online here:
Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Corin Hammond, Edward "Trey" Cizek III, LD 11, LD 3, Macario Saldate, Mark Finchem, PCC West campus, Pima Community College west campus, Ralph Atchue, Sally Ann Gonzales, Steve Smith, Vince Leach
Representative Vince Leach, R-SaddleBrooke, recently replied to a constituent’s concern about SB1279, Empowerment Scholarships; expansion; phase-in, with:
“You are correct in assuming I am in favor of this bill. Rather than a long, rambling explanation of my position, I simply refer you to the linked research paper: http://www.edchoice.org/research/2015-schooling-in-america-survey/. Please refer to page 27. It reveals what I believe most people have missed in the school choice discussion. And that is, while about ~85% of student attend public schools, given the choice, only ~36% would choose to attend public schools. SB1279 is narrowly defined, it specifies that qualified student includes a child who meets the family income eligibility requirements for free or reduced price lunches under the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Acts, rather than the specified educational scholarship. IT is for these reasons and many more that I support this bill.” Continue reading