While April saw the Legislature continue to grapple, start and stall over what to include in the state budget (still not decided!), it also brought several important milestones - the most exciting of which is that on April 4, I submitted signatures to officially appear on November’s ballot as your Senate candidate in the new Legislative District 12! The opportunity to continue serving the people of Ahwatukee, Chandler, Gila River and Tempe is one of the greatest honors of my life and I vow to do everything in my power to earn your vote these next 6+ months, just as I have tried to do the last 6 years in the House. If you’re a new constituent, please check out my stance on the issues - I welcome your feedback!
SOME GREAT NEWS:
In addition to some beautiful spring weather, March had some real WINS in it, not least of which was securing my spot on the August and November ballots for a seat in the Arizona Senate. I want to thank every single voter who signed my nominating petition, whether online using our state-of-the-art, fully-secure E-Qual system or on paper. A huge THANK YOU to the volunteers, friends and supporters who circulated my petition and spoke to your neighbors about the ways I’ve served our community for the last 30 years and how I’ll keep listening and serving you in the Senate.
February ended with a burst of bad bills that make it more difficult to vote. The legislature also has passed a cluster of clunkers for classrooms.
The 2022 Legislative Session has been wild even by typical standards. I’m just now getting a chance to share my recap of February actions at the Legislature…that says a lot, doesn’t it? There were a slew of terrible bills in February, some of which failed and some of which we are still working to improve or fight altogether even though it’s inevitable some of them will pass thanks to a single-vote majority by Republicans. These bad bills mainly aim to do two things that are bad for Arizonans: 1. make voting more inconvenient and difficult and 2. to punish teachers, penalize our public schools and even make our students less safe on campus.