My Turn – District 7 Senate Primary

July 29, 2010 by  

As a legislator, integrity means acting upon and voting according to the values and principles voters expected when they cast their ballot for me. By supporting bills and crafting budgets that restrain government, restore individual rights, protect the most vulnerable, stop illegal immigration (including SB 1070), oppose unconstitutional Federal mandates, and support accountability, standards and choice in education – I have proven to consistently and effectively represent my constituents.

Experience alone shouldn’t be the reason voters return any lawmaker to office – but it matters.

Government, by its very nature, increases and expands.  Revolving lawmakers must figure out how agencies and their funding schemes work, often missing critical opportunities to substantially change them. Restructuring government is a tedious process, but it must be done.  I am prepared to continue this work while promoting a business-friendly tax environment to create jobs. 

In 2009 I was honored to sponsor the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act– leading 41 other states to follow Arizona in response to Congress’ onerous and unconstitutional Federal take-over, promoting numerous cost-reducing reforms – several of which became law this year. 

In 2007 I successfully lowered residential property taxes and this year as Health and Human Services Committee Chair, was distinguished in the House by having the most bills signed into law – protecting, taxpayers, individual rights and reforming health-related professions.  

Difficult times require the leadership of those who are doing the work of transforming government into a servant of its citizens.  Thank you for considering me when you vote for State Senate.

This article appeared in the AZ Scottsdale Republic and Northeast Phoenix Section on 7-14-10.

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