Ongoing Series on Candidates
With the upcoming elections in November, plus the ability to meet the candidates on July 7th, San Tan Times will be providing an introduction to all candidates. From their basic platform, to experiences, to committees and voting records if applicable.
The information provided will be strictly from the candidates and straight forward stats whether they are Republican, Democrat, or Independent. San Tan Times will not tell you who you should vote for, we simply want you to vote.
First in the series will be Governor Ducey.
Ducey was first elected governor of Arizona on November 4, 2014, and was sworn into office on January 5, 2015.
Issues Addressed By The Candidate’s Campaign:
Safety And Security For All Arizonans
Border Security: Immediately after his swearing in, Doug began work creating the Arizona Border Strike Force – a partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement to enhance security along Arizona’s southern border, aimed at drug cartels and human traffickers. Working directly with our border sheriffs, federal agencies and now the Arizona National Guard, we have made 3,199 arrests and seized over $10 million in cash and tens of thousands of pounds of meth, marijuana, and heroin.
More Money for Schools
Doug believes a quality K-12 education system is the most important thing we can do to ensure Arizona kids have a strong and secure future. His focus is on increasing our investment in public education and improving results in the classroom.
That’s why he has increased education funding every year in office, for a total of $2.7 Billion – all without raising taxes. This includes:
- A 20% teacher pay increase by school year 2020.
- Prop 123, the bi-partisan effort that injected $3.5 billion over 10 years into Arizona’s K-12 schools.
- Restoring recession-era cuts to school funding — $371 million over the next five years — that can be used for support staff, textbooks, technology, and other school improvements.
- The Arizona Teachers Academy, created to attract new teachers by allowing aspiring teachers the ability to finish college debt-free if they commit to teach in an Arizona school.
- Being the first state to pass the American Civics Act – a new law requiring all high school students to pass the same civics test any new naturalized citizen has to pass in order to graduate.
Doug wants to see more dollars go to the classroom, and continue to drive up teacher pay, while investing in other key priorities like career and technical education and high-speed broadband in our rural and tribal schools.”
Jobs & Economic Security
- Balancing the budget: Drawing on his private-sector business experience, Doug balanced Arizona’s $1 billion budget deficit his first year in office without raising taxes. He reduced the size of government, consolidated agencies, cut needless regulations and red tape, fired the state’s taxpayer-funded lobbyists, AND cut wait times at government agencies like the Motor Vehicle Division.
- Adding new jobs: Last year, under Doug’s leadership, Arizona reached a major milestone: We fully recovered all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession. So far, we have added over 160,000 new private-sector jobs. And since 2015, more than 300 companies have chosen Arizona to relocate their business.
- Economic security: Over the last three years, our unemployment rate has dropped to 4.5% — the lowest level in a decade. Wage growth is the third fastest in the country — up 7% — and our state’s credit rating has improved. All of this is evidence that Arizona is open for business and government is getting out of the way of the private sector.
- Tax relief and reform: In addition to cutting nearly 700 needless and burdensome regulations — equivalent to a $50 million tax reduction — Doug has reformed and simplified the tax code every single year he has been governor. Arizonans are now keeping more of the money they earn.
The information provided is directly from the Doug Ducey campaign and does not reflect upon San Tan Times, or its Staff’s, political beliefs or endorsements.
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Governor Ducey is scheduled to appear at the next San Tan Eats on July 7th brought to you by the San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce. You can read more about that event here.
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Look for Wednesday’s issues of San Tan Times as the series on candidates continues.