In November the voters in the 5th Congressional District have a choice between two candidates; Incumbent Andy Biggs (R), and candidate Joan Green (D).

The following information is provided strictly by the candidate. San Tan Times will not tell you who you should vote for, we simply want you to vote.

Andy Biggs

San Tan Times originally highlighted this candidate in a September 13th article that can be found here:

santantimes.com/meet-the-candidate-andy-biggs

From The Andy Biggs Campaign

Immigration

Congress must assure that we fund, begin, and complete the border wall. The catch and release program must end and Grant’s law must be signed into law by the President.

I support President Trump’s decision to authorize National Guard troops to secure the U.S. – Mexican border and applaud the brave men and women in Arizona who have answered the call. I will work to end illegal immigration and to secure our border in order to preserve our sovereignty and protect Americans.

I thank the men and women who enforce our border laws and will continue to support them.

Taxes

I supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In December 2017, this bill became law and provides much-needed economic relief to the American people. This bill has laid the foundation for the revival of our economy and ensures that you keep more of your hard-earned money. This historic tax reform package allows American companies to compete globally and incentivize businesses to stay in America.

I am working to simplify our tax structure and make sure that all tax cuts become permanent.

Defending Life

I am a fierce defender of human life. My record shows I have fought to defund Planned Parenthood, ban late-term abortion (when a child can feel pain), and make sure individuals in the health care system will never be forced to take an innocent life.

Education

Education decisions should be made by parents-not the Federal Government. I support families having full freedom to choose what works best for their children, including public, private, online, or homeschool. Every child should have an opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed in a career path they choose. I will continue to advance education priorities focusing on local control, maximum flexibility, and ensure that Arizonans have the most educational opportunities available to them.

To learn more about Andy Biggs complete platform and campaign, go online at:

biggs.house.gov
biggsforcongress.com
facebook.com/RepAndyBiggs
twitter.com/repandybiggsaz
ballotpedia.org/Andy_Biggs

Joan Greene

From The Joan Greene Campaign

Economy

Hand Up vs. Hand Out

We need to invest in our infrastructure. This includes: fixing our roads and bridges, supporting public transit options, investing in our waterway systems so we have safe drinking water, modernizing our dams and levees to improve safety and generate clean energy.

I am a small business owner with real-world experience for what we need to do to help small business’ survive and thrive. We need to cut the red tape, expand access to capital, and provide tax relief. With a single-payer health coverage, this allows more profit to stay in the company and the owners can invest in technology, hire more workers or expand their business to other markets.

85% of Arizona days is sunshine, and we should be leading in the field of solar. Solar will create jobs that deliver power without wasting water. Not being a leader in solar means we are also losing business opportunities from corporations who will not relocate to Arizona because of our energy and education policies.

Arizona is a desert climate and along with other states, population growth and expanding urban areas will increase water demand. Communities will be challenged to deliver water and ensure enough water for environmental needs. We need to make sure we are exploring new methods to harvest rainwater and stormwater, which provides a multitude of benefits, including water savings, reduced flood peaks, and reduction of urban heat island effects.

Education
The Best Futures to Invest In

The only way to improve our future is through education. We should have debt-free tuition for public Community Colleges, Universities and Vocational Schools. Students who still need help with books and housing can apply for a student loan. Student loans will not have an interest rate of more than 2%.

Those who now have Student Loans may refinance to the lower interest rate or they may sign up to work two years in a high-need area of their chosen study and their loan will be forgiven.

I will also support funding for quality child care on campus. This will enable working parents with children to continue their education and break the cycle of poverty.

Education budgets in the Pre-K – 12 grades must be expanded. We need to increase our teacher’s pay, advocate for all students with different learning abilities to have the resources to succeed and that classrooms have the supplies they need. No teacher should ever have to reach into their pocket to supply their classroom with basic needs such as paper, crayons or even books to do their job.

We need to strengthen our K-16 to be competitive with other countries, so we can keep our brain trust here. Expand our vocational schools and invest in training programs for workers who will be displaced due to technological advancements, so the transition is seamless.

Another aspect of education that is not discussed nearly enough is early childhood education including Head Start and Early Head Start. When we invest in early childhood, we really change outcomes for children and families (and save taxpayers money- lots of return when investing in early childhood education). A child’s brain is 90% full grown by the time they are 5 years old and the most rapid brain growth and development is birth through 3 years old. Birth to five years old is how we really make a huge difference!

Education is freedom. With education we rise out of poverty, become leaders in technology and cure diseases to name a few items.

To learn more about Joan Greene complete platform and campaign, go online at:

joangreeneaz.com
facebook.com/JoanGreeneAZ
twitter.com/joangreeneaz
ballotpedia.org/Joan_Greene
youtube.com/channel/UCIf-pyKDLkrSRQUP-8iWKTg/featured

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