Will Knight and Jonathan Mosher react to the Second Chance Initiative meeting the Voter Signature Threshold for the November Ballot

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Activists for four Citizen Ballot Initiatives submitted more than enough voter signatures to get their measures on the November Ballot.

The Second Chance Initiative, a ballot measure that would enable nonviolent prisoners to earn release credits towards leaving prison after serving 50 percent of their sentences, provide for sentencing reform for nonviolent offenders, and “establish a fund for victims of violent crime,” was one of them.

Two County Attorney Candidates, Will Knight running in Maricopa and Jonathan Mosher in Pima, offered their perspective on the Second Chance initiative.

Will Knight

“I believe in second chances because I needed one myself. I got a misdemeanor DUI when I was 18, and even though I took full responsibility for my actions from day one, the finger-wagging of the law-and-order crowd has followed me all the way into this Democratic primary campaign. To see 400,000 Arizonans supporting the Second Chances act — with signatures gathered during a pandemic — is a testament to a widespread agreement on common-sense sentencing reforms as one of the steps we must take now to begin the work of ending mass incarceration.”

Jonathan Mosher

“I am delighted Second Chances gathered enough signatures. My wife, Heather, and I gathered signatures for this initiative. What are we doing to ensure people are not worse off when they get out of prison? The answer is very little.”

“I am not blind to the dangers of serious crime. I have been fighting the worst sorts of crimes for 15 years, and I have managed, led, and trained other prosecutors for years.”

“We must stop treating all crime with the same heavy-handed approach. Almost everyone in prison will get out. If we offer no rehabilitation and pile on barriers to re-entry, we ensure re-victimization. We must break the cycle by promoting good behavior.”

“This initiative is not perfect, but neither is the status quo. As a committed reformer, I believe we increase crime if we focus solely on punishment.”

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.