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Pierce named as Adams’ replacement

Mesa Republican Justin Pierce (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Mesa Republican Justin Pierce (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has spoken: Justin Pierce, a labor attorney, will be replacing Kirk Adams in the state Arizona House of Representatives.

The decision came at a special meeting this morning. Supervisor Don Stapley, who represents Pierce’s district, made the motion after taking a minute to praise the other two candidates, Barbara Parker and Charlie Brown.

The decision was unanimous.

Beaming after the vote, Pierce said his focus as a lawmaker will be to make sure the state budget is balanced and that the state government was living within its means.

“I don’t have any other ‘pet projects,’” Pierce said. Quite the opposite, he said that sometimes he thinks that lawmakers get “over-extended” introducing and voting on too many bills each session.

Instead, Pierce said his goal is to advocate for the issues he supports the most: the protection of life, liberty and property, and particularly legislation to strengthen the family.

“I’ve always thought of government like a pyramid,” he said. At the top is the federal government, which should have the least power. Each level below that point becomes more local – state government, then local governments, he said. But the final portion, the foundation, is the family.

“I think that if we strengthen the family, some of the other ills – crime, education issues – will start to go away,” he said.

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