Our “Get To Know Your Candidate” series continues. In today’s column, the San Tan Times is highlighting candidate for Arizona State Senate LD12, Elizabeth Brown. 

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. 

From The Elizabeth Brown Campaign 

Water

I am very concerned about how our current legislators are not taking water concerns to heart when pursuing development projects in the state. We have not done enough to address the state’s water shortage, and if there is not immediate rethinking on conservation and development, Arizona will eventually look like the Sahara Desert. I believe it is a sin that developers get to dictate that properties are required to have patches of grass that require the use of our precious water supply to maintain. We need to implement water restrictions for lawns and even personal use. It’s time to more frequently use recycled or grey water in these instances as well. Before this drought becomes more widespread, we should come together for the good of the state and plan for the future. 

Environment 

Our state leadership has repeatedly put off finding solutions to emerging environmental challenges, choosing to pass on the consequences to the next generation. 

When I arrived in Arizona in 1984 my first house had solar panels. I was proud and excited. I was in the Valley of the Sun, of course, Arizona would be in the forefront of solar energy. Here it is, 2018, and the legislature still is beholden to the corporate power companies and a great opportunity to become a leader in renewable energy is being wasted. 

According to US Climate data, Arizona should and could be the Solar Capital of the world. 

Underlying all the challenges in our state is an even more dire crisis we are not openly talking about and that is Water. Shortage and drought threaten the very existence of our communities. If we don’t pay attention, guard, protect and plan, our states most precious resource will dwindle away. It is time to hold our legislatures accountable and demand they take action to protect our drinking water. 

Education 

I find it unacceptable and a travesty that AZ ranks 48th in K-12 education, 49th in pupil-teacher ratio and 50th in teacher pay. As a former teacher and the mother of two daughters who attended public school, I believe all children deserve a top-notch education. Last year our state legislature rammed through a school voucher bill (SB 1431) which takes tax dollars intended for public schools and transfers them to support private and for-profit charter schools. It is time to put our children ahead of profit. 

I support a tax credit to parents with children enrolled in pre-school and support full-day Kindergarten to be available throughout the State. 

Ethics 

In 2016 I ran as a Clean Elections candidate. I will do so again. As a clean election candidate, I will not accept money from corporations or special interest groups. I will be beholden to the voters of LD 12. 

I believe that every person should be treated with dignity and respect. Our government’s responsibility is to ensure equality for every citizen by protecting individual freedoms, supporting human rights and providing equal opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation or economic status. 

Read more about Elizabeth Brown’s issues here: 

brownforazld12.nationbuilder.com/issues 

For additional information regarding Elizabeth Brown’s platform and campaign, go online at: 

brownforazld12.nationbuilder.com 

facebook.com/brownforazld12 

ballotpedia.org/Elizabeth_Brown_(Arizona) 

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