America as a sovereign nation has a right to secure its borders for the protection, health, and safety of its citizens. Three mothers and six children were brutality murdered by the Cartels October 2019 just 50 miles from our Arizona southern Border. Violence from Cartels is catastrophic in Mexico and according to the DEA Mexican drug cartels has extensive influence over broad swaths of the US setting up business in many cities.
Arizona’s economy is roaring, but it often doesn’t seem that way in our district. The economic expansion is leaving the rural heart of Arizona behind, but I am working to bring more jobs to our communities. I will continue working with rural Arizona legislators to create more opportunities for our communities.
Our district is the rural heart of Arizona and is blessed with an abundance of beauty and various natural resources. We are home to the majority of Ponderosa forestlands and as child I spent summers playing among these majestic trees. It is critical that we maintain the health of our forest lands and stop the catastrophic fires that threaten our wildlife and watersheds. In 2002, the rodeo-Chediski fire forced us to evacuate our home and I personally witnessed the devastation that failed, federal policies can have on our citizens, community, and forest environment.
District 6 also has been blessed with farming opportunities such as grapes in the Verde Valley and corn in Taylor and Snowflake. Cattle ranches across the District continue to feed America. I have always been a voice and a vote to promote the wise use of our lands and to protect our natural resource producers, such as ranchers, farmers, loggers, and miners. I will continue working with our congressional delegation to stop burdensome regulations from Washington D.C. that make it difficult for us to realize the economic blessing from our natural resource development.
One day during an Education Committee meeting, a young man stood and shared a story about how his education savings account (ESA) allowed him to change his educational opportunities. He told us that his ESA would allow him to be the first one in his family to go to college. Stories like this are why I am so motivated to keep improving education in Arizona.
We are educating individual children who are unique in their development, personality, and goals. For this reason, I support all choices in education: District schools, Charter schools, ESA Scholarships, and home schooling.
As current Chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, I have fought to provide Arizona schools with over $1.5 billion. Teachers are the heart of our educational system, and that is why I voted for the historic funding increase for our teacher’s salaries and ran legislation to support teachers in their educational development. I have received numerous awards regarding my support for education among them the, Arizona Parents for Education -Golden Apple award and A for Arizona, Trailblazer Award.
The children of Arizona are our future, and education creates their future!
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