We are just a few days away from Election Day. Soon the TV ads will cease, the junk mail will stop coming and our street corners will look a lot less crowded.
If you haven’t already marked your ballot, I encourage you to vote for candidates who will stand up for job creators and ensure that Arizona is as competitive as it can be.
Here are the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s recommendations for this election:
Governor: Doug Ducey
State Treasurer Doug Ducey has the perfect mix of private-sector and government experience. He built one of the country’s and Arizona’s most respected brands, Cold Stone Creamery. Ducey is an innovator and will be Arizona’s job-creation governor, which is why he’s been able to assemble behind him a broad and bipartisan coalition, which includes leaders from former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, to groundbreaking education reformer Lisa Graham Keegan, to Democratic state Rep. Catherine Miranda.
Ducey is committed to putting downward pressure on taxes, he will continue Gov. Brewer’s work to improve our regulatory structure, will promote a jobs-friendly legal environment and is an education reformer. He brings an energy and insight to the office that will get our jobs machine moving at full speed.
Attorney General: Mark Brnovich
Arizona deserves an attorney general who will vigorously defend the state’s interests in the court of law, not use the office to launch fishing expedition investigations that will grab headlines in the court of public opinion. Mark Brnovich not only has years of prosecutorial experience, but he also understands that Arizona’s legal environment is a critical component of our ability to attract jobs.
Secretary of State: Michele Reagan
State Sen. Michele Reagan has been a consistent champion for job creators throughout her tenure in elected office. She is the best choice for secretary of state and will ensure that our elections are conducted with integrity.
Superintendent of Public Instruction: David Garcia
Arizona’s ability to demonstrate excellent outputs from our K-12 education system is central to our overall economic development strategy. David Garcia understands the direct link between the quality of our education system and our ability to grow our economy. Garcia won’t turn back the clock on our educational standards, he supports parental choice and his experience has equipped him with the knowhow to run the Department of Education effectively.
Corporation Commission: Tom Forese and Doug Little
Put the Corporation Commission in the category of “boring but important.” Voters might not be able to easily identify the function of the commissioners, but these utility regulators help ensure that Arizona can count on affordable and reliable power. Tom Forese and Doug Little are two leaders who have the foresight to make energy policy decisions today that will position Arizona for growth tomorrow.
Treasurer: Jeff DeWit
He’s a shoe-in for victory on Election Day since he’s unopposed, but Arizona can rest easy knowing that the next treasurer has the right skills to manage the state’s checkbook. An experienced financial professional, DeWit is a rising star who will take a page out of the Doug Ducey playbook and manage the treasurer’s office with a level of professionalism that will make the state proud.
The Chamber has endorsed a bipartisan slate of candidates for the Legislature that is committed to growing our economy by supporting policies that advance Arizona’s competitive standing in the tax, tort, labor and regulatory environments.
District 1: Steve Pierce – R
District 4: Lynne Pancrazi – D
District 7: Carlyle Begay – D
District 9: Steve Farley – D
District 10: Mark Morrison – R
District 12: Andy Biggs – R
District 13: Don Shooter – R
District 14: Gail Griffin – R
District 17: Steve Yarbrough – R
District 18: Jeff Dial – R
District 19: Lupe Contreras – D
District 20: Kimberly Yee – R
District 21: Debbie Lesko – R
District 22: Judy Burges – R
District 25: Bob Worsley – R
District 27: Catherine Miranda – D
District 28: Adam Driggs – R
District 30: Robert Meza – D
State House of Representatives
District 1: Karen Fann – R
District 5: Sonny Borrelli – R
District 6: Brenda Barton – R
District 8: Frank Pratt – R, T.J. Shope – R
District 9: Ethan Orr – R
District 10: Bruce Wheeler – D
District 11: Vince Leach – R
District 12: Eddie Farnsworth – R
District 13: Steve Montenegro – R
District 14: David Gowan – R
District 15: John Allen – R, Heather Carter – R
District 16: Doug Coleman -R
District 17: J.D. Mesnard – R, Jeff Weninger – R
District 18: Bob Robson – R
District 20: Paul Boyer – R
District 21: Rick Gray – R, Tony Rivero – R
District 22: David Livingston – R, Phil Lovas – R
District 25: Justin Olson – R
District 28: Kate Brophy McGee – R
District 30: Jonathan Larkin – D
Glenn Hamer is the president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans. http://www.azchamber.com/.