This November, let’s send a message that we will defend our rights, demand economic and social justice and elect candidates who will stand with us.
Kyrsten Sinema for U.S. Senate
Kyrsten Sinema, a current US Representative, is running for Arizona’s Congressional Senate seat. A pro-choice candidate, Sinema was a member of Obama’s Health Reform task force – which helped shape the Affordable Care Act. When it comes to immigration, Sinema sponsored DREAM legislation in 2006 but, more recently, has a mixed record – as she voted alongside House Republicans in support of ICE. Sinema has not made an explicit commitment or policy platform for progressive criminal justice reform.
When it comes down to our best options this election cycle, Sinema is the type of candidate that is our safest choice. As a moderate Democrat and member of the Congressional Blue Dog Coalition – the most conservative group of House Democrats – Sinema will have to be held accountable by the growing Democratic base of voters that is comprised by us – working class, Black, Brown, and immigrant communities.
David Garcia for Governor
David Garcia is the Democratic candidate for Governor of Arizona. Truly the people’s candidate, David Garcia beat out the establishment candidate during the Democratic Primary. A professor of Education at Arizona State University, Garcia has experience in public office having served as as an associate superintendent. Garcia supports increasing police accountability and criminal justice reforms, and remains committed to pursuing this if elected as Governor. During his race, he has gone so far as to refuse campaign contributions from CoreCivic and GEO Group, two of the largest private prison profiteers who are notorious for making large campaign contributions to local, state, and federal legislators to increase their profits. Garcia opposes Trump’s border wall and has expressed a desire to to rebuild and reform ICE from the bottom up. Garcia supports medicaid expansion and recognizes the importance of women having the ability to make their own decisions for their own bodies. This is reflected in his position on jobs – Garcia supports increasing the minimum wage in Arizona and equal pay for equal work. When it comes to issues that are urgent to working class, Black, and immigrant communities – David Garcia will champion the causes most important to us.
January Contreras for Attorney General
January Contreras is the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in Arizona. A local favorite and first time candidate for public office, Contreras served on the Obama Administration’s White House Council for Women and Girls and has been endorsed by the former President. Contreras has a long history of serving and advocating for women, girls, and immigrants. If elected, she will continue to advocate for our collective interests.
Learn more about these ballot measures.
VOTE YES on Proposition #127
By voting YES on Proposition 127, we can finally take advantage of this almost unlimited solar and wind potential by gradually increasing the amount of our energy that comes from renewable sources to 50% by 2030.
VOTE NO on Proposition #125
CORP is a governmental defined-benefit (DB) retirement plan for correctional officers, probation officers, and surveillance officers in Arizona. Senate Bill 1442 would require corrections officers hired on or after July 1, 2018, to enroll in a defined-contribution (DC) retirement plan known as the Public Safety Personnel Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (PSPDCRP). SB 1442 would allow probation and surveillance officers hired on or after July 1, 2018, to decide whether to participate in either PSPDCRP or CORP. The bill would also establish a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), rather than a permanent benefit increase, for members hired on or after July 1, 2018.
VOTE NO on Proposition #126
The measures ban any level of government in Arizona from increasing or enacting taxes of services including personal-oriented activities such as salon services, pet grooming, amusement, fitness activities, financial-oriented activities, real estate transactions, banking, investment management, healthcare-oriented activities, and doctor visits.
VOTE NO on Proposition #305
A “yes” vote would uphold SB 1431, which will allow up to 30,000 students of any background by 2022 to be given public tax dollars to be used for private-school tuition. The expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program was supposed to take effect in August of 2017, but will now be on hold because of this measure. A “no” vote repeals SB 1431.