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Candidate Q&A - State Senate - LD 9 - Steve Farley

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Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:10 am | Updated: 10:25 am, Tue Aug 5, 2014.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Why are you running for office?

To enact nonpartisan solutions and represent all my constituents, not just those who voted for me.

What do you think are your main qualifications to serve in a public office? Running a small business for 23 years and being a parent for 20 years.

Who is supporting your candidacy?

A wide range of individuals and organizations from all parties and political backgrounds, from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the Sierra Club, from the Arizona Education Association to the Arizona Association of Realtors, from the Fraternal Order of Police to the Arizona State Contractors Coalition.

Will you run a negative campaign?

No.

How much of your own money will be spent on the campaign?

None.

What experience have you had that qualifies you to become an officeholder?

Six years in the House and two in the Senate, with a long list of accomplishments for my constituents.

ISSUE QUESTIONS

What will your first action be once elected?

Reach out to the other party and invite them to a dialogue on how we can run this state together.

How do you describe yourself philosophically?

Moderate, pragmatic, and visionary.

Do you support drug testing of employees by businesses?

If the safety of the public is at stake.

Should the government provide money to private businesses in order to improve the economy?

If there is a return on that investment for the public that is greater than the initial investment, and it does not violate the Constitutional gift clause.

What are your feelings regarding the Second Amendment and gun laws?

I support the Second Amendment AND common sense.

How do you feel about background checks, and increasing requirements to buy a gun?

Mentally ill people and convicted felons should not possess firearms. Background checks can to keep these firearms from prohibited possessors.

What should be done to address the issues involving mental health and gun laws that have resulted in mass shootings in California and Tucson for example?

Mental health first aid training and removing the stigma attached to mental illness can help, along with common-sense regulations like limiting the magazine size on automatic handguns.

How do you feel about campaign finance reform?

We need to force anonymous contributors to dark money organizations to reveal themselves to the public.

What will you do to bring jobs to your district?

Fund and build infrastructure that businesses need, attract and retain entrepreneurial businesses, improve our schools to generate more qualified employees, and bolster the University of Arizona, our original economic engine.

What is your opinion regarding health care in the state?

We are much better off with our hospitals again on stable footing since expanding medicaid eligibility, and small business owners and the self employed are better off since the new Marketplace fostered competition in the small and individual health insurance sector.

What should be done about the immigration issue?

Comprehensive reform that allows payment of fines and an orderly path to legal residency, along with encouragement of economic development in impoverished parts of Mexico and Central America to encourage people to thrive at home.

Do you support term limits?

No, they give too much power to unelected unaccountable lobbyists and staff.

What are you feelings regarding the issue of abortion?

Womenʼs healthcare decisions should be between the woman, her doctor, her family, and her faith. Government should not insert itself into that equation.

How do you feel about same sex marriages?

LGBT people should have the same rights to marry as straight people.

What are your views on public education / private schools / homeschooling?

Public schools have been the backbone of our economy, and must be strengthened in order for all our children to thrive in the global economy. Private and home schools are fine for those families to choose them, but they should not be funded at the expense of public schools.

What can be done to improve the quality of education in your district?

Return the funds to the districts that were stolen by the legislature in violation of Prop 301, then use those funds to demand accountability in academic results.

Do you favor/oppose placing a cap on the amount property taxes could be raised in a year? If so, what should the cap be?

No. Such limits put artificial distortions in the real estate market and punish new buyers and young families.

BACKGROUND QUESTIONS - legal

Have you ever been arrested? If so, what was the charge? Were you convicted? No.

Have you ever been the subject of a formal complaint submitted to a law enforcement agency? No.

Have you ever sued another person or business entity? If so, why? What was the outcome of the case? No.

Have you ever been subjected to a lawsuit? If so, why? What was the outcome of the case? No.

Have you been divorced? Yes.

BACKGROUND QUESTIONS - FINANCIAL

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? No.

Have you ever been an owner or partner in a business that filed for bankrupcy? No.

Have you ever been involved in a foreclosure or been evicted? No.

If asked, will you release your personal tax returns? No.

BACKGROUND QUESTIONS - POLITICAL

Have you worked, or volunteered, for any candidates or campaigns?

Yes.

Have you ever publicly endorsed any candidate for party or public office? Yes.

Have you contributed to other candidates/parties/PACs in the past?

If so, who and how much? Yes, to the Arizona Democratic Party.

Have you ever run for office before? Yes.

BACKGROUND QUESTIONS - PROFESSIONAL

Have you served in the military? If so, were you honorably discharged? Will you release your military records?

n/a

Are you a member of any boards of trustees? Yes.

What is your education background? Do you have any other professional training?

BA, Political Science, Williams College, 1985

What is your employment history? Where have you worked? For how long?

Owner of Stephen Farley Design since 1991, previously Art Director for the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper from 1987-1991.

Have you ever been terminated from a job?

Have you ever had any disciplinary action taken at your place of employment? No.

Have you ever been the subject of a formal complaint submitted to your employer? No.

Have you lobbied before any state or local governmental agency within the past five years? No.

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