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Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 12:02 pm | Updated: 12:06 pm, Tue Aug 5, 2014.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Why are you running for office?

I believe in active involvement in community affairs as the path for making our state better. I have been involved as a citizen activist in many areas of government, working on behalf of conservative causes. My experience ranges from work at the school board to County government to the State Legislature, the Arizona Corporation Commission, and the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

What do you think are your main qualifications to serve in a public office?

The scope of my background ranges from agriculture to the metals industry, from the sales level to the management level. I have effectively grown sales and business units by preparing a plan of action and then putting it into use, making changing only as situations warrant, achieving the desired results. I brought this same attention to detail to my citizen activities and will do the same campaigning and then serving as a Legislator.

What are your objections to your opponent?

I am pro life, pro First Amendment, pro 2 Amendment, pro family, pro school choice, pro jobs and against government growth, Medicaid expansion and Common Core. It is hard to single out what my objections are as one candidate for the State House has chosen to skip many candidate forums leaving the voters unsure of her positions.

What are the most important problems facing the district/town right now? What would you do about trying to solve them?

1. Jobs – Growing the job market is of prime importance as it primes the pump and starts a wealth building cycle. It is the rock on which a solid citizenry and government can function efficiently.

2. Less Taxes – Government should not take $1.00 more than needed to efficiently serve the citizens of the State. More money in the hands of the citizens means more and faster growth of the economy. Arizona is currently spending ~ 3% of the General Fund on interest payments on State debt. This needs to be lowered to reduce taxes.

3. Smaller Government – Government functions best when the free market is allowed to function properly. Government needs to step away from the ‘enforcer of rules and regulations’ and more to being an ‘enhancer of jobs and private sector jobs.’

Who is supporting your candidacy?

State Senator Al Melvin

State Representative Steve Smith

State Representative Adam Kwasman

State Representative Warren Petersen

Arizona Free Enterprise Club

Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu

Arizona Police Association

Northwest Conservatives-Oro Valley, Marana

Pinal County Assessor Douglas Wolf

Pinal County Clerk of Superior Court Chad Roche

Pinal County Supervisor Anthony Smith

Hon. Russell Pearce

Hon. Randy Graf

Hon. John Fillmore

Kurt Steffens, former President of Oracle School District Board

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Brigadier General Domenic Rocco, US Army, Retired

Hon. Jonathan Paton

Jill Broussard Pinal County Superintendent of Schools

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles

Arizona Civil Defense League

Will you run a negative campaign? No

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

Detailed information at: http://www.azsos.gov/cfs/PublicReports/2014/BBB2E1D9-6DF2-43D8-9B8D-5048DF9E5F96.pdf

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

I believe in active involvement in community affairs as the path for making our state better. I have been involved as a citizen activist in many areas of government, working on behalf of conservative causes. My experience ranges from work at the school board to County government to the State Legislature, the Arizona Corporation Commission, and the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

The scope of my background ranges from agriculture to the metals industry, from the sales level to the management level. I have effectively grown sales and business units by preparing a plan of action and then putting it into use, making changing only as situations warrant, achieving the desired results. I brought this same attention to detail to my citizen activities and will do the same campaigning and then serving as a Legislator.

ISSUE QUESTIONS

What will your first action be once elected?

I have three that all work together:

1. Jobs – Growing the job market is of prime importance as it primes the pump and starts a wealth building cycle. It is the rock on which a solid citizenry and government can function efficiently.

2. Less Taxes – Government should not take $1.00 more than needed to efficiently serve the citizens of the State. More money in the hands of the citizens means more and faster growth of the economy. Arizona is currently spending ~ 3% of the General Fund on interest payments on State debt. This needs to be lowered to reduce taxes.

3. Smaller Government – Government functions best when the free market is allowed to function properly. Government needs to step away from the ‘enforcer of rules and regulations’ and more to being an ‘enhancer of jobs and private sector jobs.’

How do you describe yourself philosophically?

Christian Conservative.

Do you support drug testing of employees by businesses?

Yes.

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

The government does a very poor job of picking winners in the private business market. We cannot afford more Solyndra type expenditures with taxpayer money.

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

Endorsed by Arizona Civil Defense League, Member of AzCDL, NRA.

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

We have current laws on the books that address this issue.

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?

The mental health industry needs to identify and take aggressive action earlier with those individuals that are prone to this type of action/behavior.

How do you feel about campaign finance reform?

I was in favor the law just passed regarding campaign finance reform.

What will you do to bring jobs to your district?

As a State Legislator, I will work for the benefit of the economy of the entire State. It is the responsibility of the local jurisdictions to take plans and actions based on what the State does in this area.

What is your opinion regarding health care in the state?

Of course it can always be better. That being said, we have excellent facilities in both Tucson and Phoenix that are leaders in their respective fields.

What should be done about the immigration issue?

Build the fence. Once the illegal immigration situation has stopped, then look to institute a guest worker program.

Do you support term limits?

We have two sets of term limits in this State. 1. By law. 2. By the ballot. I support both.

What are you feelings regarding the issue of abortion?

I believe in the sanctity of life and I am a pro life candidate.

How do you feel about same sex marriages?

Marriage is between one woman and one man.

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

Parents should have complete control over the best education avenue for their children. I am a pro school choice candidate.

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

Empower those closest to the student, teachers, and provide them with the funds and tools to be successful. Arizona will need to develop our own set of education standards while Common Core needs to be eliminated as soon as possible.

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?

I favor a reduction of taxes overall. To pick one area without weighing the effects in different taxing areas would be problematic. I would need more input before fully answering.

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?

No, married nearly 42 years!

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 bankruptcy?

No.

Have you ever been involved in a foreclosure or been evicted?

No.

If asked, will you release your personal tax returns?

I will comply with State Law.

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?

No.

Have you contributed to other candidates/parties/PACs in the past? If so, who and how much?

I have been in and around the electoral process for over 40 years and yes I have contributed to many, with the list being too exhaustive for this exercise.

Have you ever run for office before?

No.

BACKGROUND QUESTIONS - PROFESSIONAL

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

US Army, Vietnam era, Honorably discharged. I will comply with State laws.

Are you a member of any boards of trustees?

No.

What is your education background? Do you have anyother professional training?

BS Political Science/History

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

I have been employed since August 1972 with many companies in various industries.

My last corporate employment was with Allied Mineral Products, Inc., where I had increased responsibilities in sales, sales management, and business management. I also own Diversified Options, LLC. a business consulting company.

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?

I have been a policy activist since 2009 appearing before school boards, community colleges, County Boards, Arizona Corporation Commission, and the State Legislature on many issues.

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