Arizona Legislative District (LD) Four State Representative Dr. Geraldine Peten has worked to advance the people’s interests over her two years in the Legislature.
- Protect consumers.
- Fully fund education.
- Fully fund state environmental programs.
- Keep the minimum wage intact for everyone.
- Protect the rights of members of the LGBTQ Community.
- Help people earn housing credits to purchase homes.
- Keep school grounds safe.
- Authorize HIV prevention education.
- Protect a women’s right to choose.
Dr. Peten would like to continue to be the people’s champion in the Arizona State Legislature and fight to:
- Fully fund education and reduce the inequities between rural and suburban school districts.
- Improve the state’s infrastructure including the expansion of rural broadband.
- Protect the state’s water supply.
Dr, Peten graciously took the time to discuss for candidacy for reelection.
The questions and her responses are below.
- Please tell the voters two reasons they should pick you over your opponent.
- “I am a lifelong educator and I have the first-hand experience of the education malpractice done to students over the last 50 years.”
- “I am a transformational educator and have the power to transform educational systems. I was a turnaround principal that has helped students improve their achievement scores.”
- “With all that experience as an educator, I have the ability to write bills to help transform the educational system.”
- Please tell the voters at least two accomplishments you are proudest of from the last legislative session.
- “I ran a House Concurrent Resolution on climate change that unfortunately did not see the light of day. I will continue to do that in order to help our agricultural systems.”
- “The educational system needs to receive increased and more equitable funding to reduce the disparity between urban and rural areas.”
- Please tell the voters at least three public policy issues you will advance if you are reelected to the Arizona State Legislature.
- “Equity and increased funding in education for all students. We also need to replenish the funding of and expand community colleges opportunities like apprenticeships and internships.”
- “Water Rights and access to a sustainable resource for more than the next 100 years.”
- “Improve our infrastructures like roads, highways, and rural broadband for schools and health. COVID 19 exposed the inequities in these areas. We need to be proactive and address these situations before the next crisis.”
- 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?
“What has made me successful over my career and experiences is my ability to build consensus, powerful and effective teams, and to have the ability to motivate and inspire others. To have a laser focus on our shared vision and goals. In education, we established professional learning communities to do what is in the best interest of the child. When I was a construction manager, I was able to take a partnering approach with all stakeholders to get the project completed and under budget. We need to take that same approach to do what is in the best interests of the residents of Arizona.”
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