Candidates for Congressional District 5
Community of Residence: Gilbert, Arizona
Business: "Free Man Press"
Occupation: United States Congressman - Arizona's Fifth District
Education Background: Brigham Young University B.A. of Asian Studies; Arizona State University
M.A. of Political Science; University of Arizona J.D.
Brief summary of employment history: Attorney since 1985, admitted in AZ, NM, and WA. Member of the Arizona Legislature for 14 years, the last four as Senate President, published author, and current Member of Congress since 2017.
How long have you lived in the Congressional District? 33 years
Give three (3) of your qualifications/skill sets that make you a leading candidate for Congressional District 5. Explain why these qualifications make you a better candidate than your opponents.
While many candidates make promises they won't keep, my voting record shows I keep mine. In Congress and the State Legislature, I have clearly explained my positions to the constituents I serve so they know where I stand.
I believe that our representatives must be one of us to represent us. I have lived in Gilbert for over 30 years. I have worked here, raised my family here, and been active in our community throughout that time.
I have been elected to lead diverse and bipartisan caucuses, ensuring the community I represent will always have a seat at the table.
I founded the bipartisan War Powers Caucus with Ro Khanna of California, I am the Co-Chairman of the Border Security Caucus, a Board Member of the Western Caucus, and Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
1. I am a music teacher. Teachers have a delicate job; leading and raising the next generations into our society. This responsibility has endowed me with the experience of what it takes not only to lead but to instill altruistic character to those of whom I am responsible through inspiration. We need more educators in office.
2. I have studied economics and economic philosophy in extension. The problem within congress today (or many of those who are running) is that we have many people who have not had the same enthusiastic research. Why this makes me more qualified is that to truly understand the relation between morality and ethics, this research is essential. No other candidate in this area will have the wherewithal in Congress to help re-stabilize the middle class and eliminate poverty.
3. Compassion, plain and simple. Those in office currently and those who I am running against do not have this quality necessary to be a public servant. I have worked with churches as well as non-profit organizations for years helping the hungry and the homeless. In compassion there is selflessness, in selflessness there is no greed. Greed is what is ruining our political system through politicians taking corporate or billionaire money. Out of principle my campaign is not; this is not something other candidates in the race can say.
What are the top two (2) priorities you would push to accomplish during your term as a member of Congress and why do you believe these are important to accomplish?
My first priority is the federal budget. Congress must enact a structurally balanced budget, cut spending, dramatically reduce our national debt, reform our regulatory system, and cut taxes. These steps will put Americans on a fiscally responsible path that we can be glad to leave to future generations.
I will continue to fiercely defend human life. I have fought to defund Planned Parenthood, ban late term abortion, and make sure individuals in the healthcare system will never be forced to take an innocent life.
1. Getting money out of politics and establishing publicly funded elections. This is the root of all other problems in politics today from the climate crises to gun reform. Big money stumps democracy.
2. Reforming our education system. Education is broken in Arizona, education is broken in Gilbert; I should know, I’ve taught in the area. I have a plan to get our teachers $70,000 in annual pay which is what they deserve and I support public college.
What do you believe is the preferred way to accomplish funding for education (at all levels) and what should the role of the Federal government be in that funding?
The preferred way to fund education will vary by state as each have different education needs, funding formulas, and budgetary requirements and constraints.
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.
Education funding for k-12 in the United States is highly inefficient. Relying on our surrounding communities (especially of low middle or low income households) to foot almost the whole bill for our public schools is egregious. We need to restructure this tax to include the federal government who should support at least half of the budget of more for school and teacher funding. College should be totally funded by the federal government just like it is in every other developed nation; to not do so is an underdevelopment.
What experience do you have with complex budgets?
As the Arizona Legislature's Senate President, we achieved a structurally-balanced budget while meeting the pressing needs of our state. Prior to that, I served as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee where I led in prioritizing spending and crafting our state's complex budget.
In order to deal with a $3 billion deficit and pass structurally-balanced budgets that would be signed by the Governor, I had to work with members from both sides of the aisle to make the hard decisions and generate consensus. Arizona's fiscal future was put on a more sustainable path because of our efforts.
I have been in church my entire life, from volunteering on the worship team to leading outreach programs. Everything is scaled on a budget no matter how large or small. In my opinion, this is one of the best places to learn budgeting in relation to community goals because we are trying to solve a lot of the problems the government is - from ending homelessness to providing a service.
If elected to represent Congressional District 5, who would you consider to be your stakeholders and how would you propose to represent them?
My constituents are my stakeholders and they elected me to shrink the size and scope of the federal government, cut wasteful spending, reduce the deficit, balance the federal budget, advance pro-life policies, secure our borders, protect our national security interests, cut taxes and regulation, fix our broken healthcare system, return education policy to the states, and restore accountability in Washington, D.C. My voting record is and will continue to be a record of promises kept to my constituents. Going forward, I will not stop fighting to ensure that they are heard in our Nation's Capital.
The only stakeholders invested in my campaign are the people in my community: teachers, students, policemen, fire investigators, everyone to the least among us. We intend on representing them with ethical solutions to our economic problems, re-building what has been laid for waste in our district, and by listening to them. My team and I are knocking on doors and meeting with those in our community every day asking them what change they need to make their lives more livable and respectable.