Anna Tovar is a dream candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission.
A public servant with extensive leadership experience as a teacher, a legislator, a city council member, and Mayor of Tolleson, her perspective will be an asset and breath of fresh air to the commission.
If elected this November Mayor Tovar will fight for Arizonans and the Grand Canyon State, not dark money interests too cowardly to reveal themselves to the public.
Pledging to work for greater transparency and accountability at this “fourth branch” of government, she will also strive to bring Arizona’s energy investment portfolio further along clean and renewable lines.
Mayor Tovar graciously took part in a phone interview where she outlined her qualifications for the Corporation Commission and her goals as a member should she win the election this November.
The questions and her responses are below.
- Please tell the reader about yourself and at least three qualifications you have to serve on the Arizona Corporation Commission?
“ I pride myself on being a hard-working public servant, a former K-12 teacher, a city council member, vice mayor, state house and senate member, and a mayor. I have the passion to serve everyday Arizonans and make their lives better.”
- What are at least two reasons you want to serve on the Corporation Commission?
“It is a very important commission where:”
- “Accountability and transparency for both the commission itself and those we regulate must improve if we are to move forward.”
- “Our natural renewable energy sources and climate makes it more important for the state, through the commission, to champion solar and other renewable forms (like wind) and renewable clean energy standards.”
- “Protecting consumers and work with all communities in the decision-making processes. Lower-income and middle-income communities have been left out too long. I am here to represent everyday Arizonans fairly.”
- In your opinion, what are two areas of strength of the Corporation Commission and please give one reason for each?
- “They are the fourth branch of government that makes it a separate entity, which was great foresight in its creation because it could be independent and proactive in its decisions.”
- “It has oversight powers of various businesses like corporations and other entities that is a strength to Arizonans.”
- In your opinion, what are two areas of weaknesses of the Corporation Commission and please give one reason for each?
- “Accountability and transparency component is lacking and needs to be protected and promoted.”
- “Dark Money contributions have led to erosion of the code of ethics among some commissioners. We should be able to trust what they say and believe they represent the people and not the corporations.”
- “They have not been proactive in the portfolio for renewable and clean energy advances. We need to be ranked higher in this area and we need to act sooner rather than later.”
- Please describe your campaign infrastructure and your team’s strategy to spread your message and turn out the vote.
“ Much has changed since the COVID 19. I did enjoy reaching out to people and attending meetings to hear them out. People get this is an important position when they understand what it does.”
“During the emergency, we have had to change the strategy with a more virtual-digital one like zoom and virtual meetings with people and LD’s. We want to make sure all Arizonans are heard and their concerns treated fairly. Congressman’s Grijalva and Gallego have been at the forefront in helping promote that the Commission needs to serve the needs of the people, I’m proud to have earned their endorsement.”
- If elected, what are three goals you would pursue as a member of the Commission and please give one reason for each?
“Serving everyday Arizonans.”
“Fight to put Arizona first.”
“Make the decision based on is it good for the state and is it good for everyday Arizonans.”
“Accountability and Transparency”
- Is there anything not covered in the first six questions you would like to address.
“Please donate a five dollar donation to my Clean Elections Campaign. I will not take money from any corporations and I have taken a no fossil fuel pledge. I want Arizonans to know I will be independent and represent them and their everyday interests. I need at least 1,200 $5 contributions to access the clean election money by the end of July so please go to the Secretary of State’s website via this link https://apps.azsos.gov/apps/election/eps/qc/ to give a $5 contribution today. Please also remember to request an early ballot.”
It is vital that members of the Corporation Commission are elected that represents the people’s interests and not Dark Money’s.
Anna Tovar is someone who will work only for the people. She will help restore the Corporation Commission to its original progressive purpose when it was formed when Arizona became a state in 1912.
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