Voters should watch the Clean Elections Debate among the candidates in Tucson based Legislative District (LD) Ten.
Please click on the link below.
They would see Republican State House Nominees Mabelle Gummere and Michael Hicks talk about the freedom to not wear masks, too bad too sad for gig workers looking for unemployment insurance, and there is an acceptable level of COVID 19 positivity rates for school-age children.
On the other side, they would see Democratic Nominees Stephanie Stahl Hamilton and incumbent Domingo DeGrazia talk about reality, safety for all, and helping people.
Ms. Stahl Hamilton, a community advocate, is running for the first time to the State House.
If she wins this November, she will work to:
- Improve and better fund education.
- Protect the environment and build a sustainable economy.
- Promote gun safety.
- Get people quality, affordable, and accessible health care.
- Protect a woman’s right to choose.
- Support the state’s military veterans.
- Support legal immigration.
- Pass the Equal Rights Amendment and ensure equality for all.
Ms. Stahl-Hamilton graciously took the time to discuss her candidacy.
The questions and her responses are below.
- Please tell the voters two reasons they should pick you over your opponent.
- The advocacy work I have done for education and healthcare over the past three years has given me an opportunity to work on issues at the state level and establish relationships with our state senators and representatives.
- In regards to education, I believe strongly that our public tax dollars must stay in public schools. There is a lot of talk about parents who deserve “school choice.” We have school choice in Arizona. What “school choice” refers to is who will be subsidizing private, religious, or home school choices. I have fought hard to not only keep tax dollars in public schools, but I have also worked hard to increase the amount of funding that goes to our public schools.
- Please tell the voters at least two ways your opponent does not reflect the vision of LD 10.
- “Beyond the first priority of dealing with relief and recovery from the pandemic, the next important priorities for voters in LD 10 is increasing funding for education, making sure people in the state have access to quality and affordable health care, and addressing the effects of climate change. I am committed to working on these issues as they are the issues that caused me to run for office in the first place.”
- Based on our recent debate, it does not appear that my opponents have the same conviction to identify and work to solve these crucial problems facing Arizona and LD10.”
- Please tell the voters at least three public policy issues you will advance if you are elected.
- “The most pressing issue facing the state is how we will move forward in the wake of COVID 19. Pandemic relief and recovery efforts are at the top of my agenda.”
- The first bill I will sponsor, along with Rep. Kelli Butler of LD28, a bill to expand KidsCare, Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. Only a small fraction of the children in our state qualify for KidsCare, which means many families do not have access to health coverage for their children. It is my intent to increase the income indexing in order to help qualify more families for this program. If the state were to increase the income guidelines to the median of the United States, we could double the enrollment.
- “Not only will it be important to increase funding for our public schools, but it will also be important to address policy issues for education. Our state has made strides in how we teach our English language learners, but there is still more work to do in this arena. We need to reduce the student to counselor ratio, fund our early childhood Pre K Programs, restore the fourth year funding for JTED and CTE, and restore funding for community colleges while also addressing the rising cost of our state universities tuition.”
- Is there anything you would like the voter to know about you or your candidacy that has not been asked in the first three questions?
- “Gun violence continues to be an American public health crisis. While we have seen a decrease in mass gun violence during this pandemic resulting from social distancing and shelter-in-place guidelines, there is evidence to suggest rises in intimate partner and self-inflicted gun violence. Arizona lacks even the most basic gun violence prevention legislation and as a State Representative it will be one of my top priorities to pass meaningful gun safety laws to keep our schools, communities, and families safe.”
- Too many of our young adults who age out of the state’s foster care system do not realize that they have a continuation of their state-funded (AHCCCS) healthcare coverage until they reach the age of 26. This causes significant problems especially as it relates to continuing mental and behavioral healthcare. Interruptions in these treatment programs can undo the progress made while in the system and leaves a huge deficit in their self-care as adults. Ensuring both access and information about the Young Adult Transition Insurance program helps these young adults become healthy and successful Arizonans.
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