Does current Arizona Legislative District 23 State Senator Michelle Ugenti Rita care about her constituents?

You Judge.

Would a public servant who cares about her constituents:

  • Try to put obstacles to mail-in voting in front of them during a pandemic?
  • Support the full reopening of in-person instruction at school districts despite what the science says?
  • Be outspoken against the wearing of masks and other measures to promote public safety during the COVID 19 Pandemic?
  • Vote against fully funding schools, HIV Prevention Education, prohibiting handheld use of cell phones,
  • Support amending minimum wage requirements, making the citizens’ initiative process harder, allowing people to carry loaded weapons onto school grounds, and not allowing cities to make campaign donors reveal themselves.
  • Not show up to the Clean Elections Debate so the people could hear her positions on the issues.
  • Be an apparent hypocrite on the issue of morality.

The answer is probably obvious to most readers.

For the people in LD 23, there is another electoral option to consider when choosing their next State Senator in November.

Seth Blattman, the Democratic Senate Nominee for LD 23, who believes in reality, is an option voters should consider this fall.

A local businessman, Mr. Blattman, unlike the current incumbent, would bring a pragmatic bipartisan problem-solving approach to the State Senate.

He, unlike Ms. Ugenti-Rita, would hear the people and not avoid them. He proved that by showing up to the Clean Elections Debate.

If elected, he would:

  • Work to advance the people’s interests.
  • Embrace health and safety measures to ensure people get through the pandemic safely and financially secure.
  • Support legislation that fully funds public schools.
  • Champion measures to get Dark/Dirty Money out of politics.

Mr. Blattman graciously took the time to discuss his candidacy for the State Senate.

The questions and his responses are below.

  • Please tell the voters three reasons they should pick you over your opponent.
  • “I grew up here and plan to represent all Arizonans, regardless of party. I talk to voters all the time and she does not represent their interests.”
  • “I plan to work together with everyone to solve the problems of the day across the aisle while my opponent is more stuck in her ways of partisan politics.”
  • “I have a pretty extensive and practical business experience. I am not a career politician.”

 

  • Please tell the voters at least three ways your opponent does not reflect the vision or direction of LD 23.

 

  • “She is extremely far to the right for our district and out of touch with the wants and needs of our constituents.”
  • “On COVID 19, she has been on the wrong side of the issues the whole time, using her platform as our State Senator to advocate not wearing masks.”
  • “I do not believe many people are calling her office begging her to make it harder for people to vote yet her entire career is dedicated to instituting artificial barriers.”

 

  • Please tell the voters at least three public policy issues you will advance if you are elected to the State Legislature.

 

  •  “Dealing with COVID 19 because of its immediate concerns and bringing back Arizona’s economy form the position it finds itself in.”
  • ” Education is the number one issue facing the state. I favor Proposition 208 (Invest in Ed). It is a shame that the legislature did not do its job and now it is up to a ballot initiative passing to help our children.”
  • ” Reforming government such as getting Dirty Money out of politics.”

 

  • Is there anything you would like the voter to know about you or your candidacy that has not been asked in the first four questions.

 “We feel good about our chances. So, we have raised more money than any other  Democratic candidate for this seat. We are seeing a lot of enthusiasm. The House candidate Eric Kurland only lost by three percentage points in 2018 so this is a winnable district. We have had great success in persuading Republicans and Independents to vote for a pro-business Democrat. The conservatives of my district are traditional conservatives that believe in small government and free trade but do not buy into the extreme brand of Republicanism they see on tv every day personified by Michelle-Ugenti Rita.”

 For more information on Mr. Blattman and his candidacy, please click on his webpage here, his Facebook page here, his Clean Elections Debate appearance here, his interview with Maricopa County School Superintendent Candidate Jeanne Casteen here, and his previous interview with Blog for Arizona here.

 

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