Democrat – Legislative District 9 House
Phone: (520) 603-6651
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Randall Friese
Address: 1231 E Condesa Tercera , Tucson, AZ 85718
Age: 50. (05/26/64, Baltimore, MD).
Arizona since: 2008
Occupation: Physician/trauma surgeon, UofA Medical Center, since 2008; professor of surgery, UofA College of Medicine, since 2014; associate trauma medical director, UofA Medical Center, since 2008; associate professor of surgery, UofA College of Medicine, 2008-2014; physician/trauma surgeon, Parkland Memorial Hospital (Dallas, TX), 2002-08; assistant professor of surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 2002-08; fellow critical care, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 2001-02; Lieutenant Commander (LCDR), US Navy Medical Corps, 1997-2001.
Education: M.S., clinical science, University of Texas, Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Science, 2008; M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1990; B.S., University of Maryland College Park, 1986.
Political experience: Precinct committeeman since 2014; candidate training and emerging leaders fellowship, Leading for Change Arizona.
Interests: Skiing and reading fiction/non-fiction.
Two biggest issues: Adequately funding public education. I plan to reach out to teachers in public education (charter and traditional) to establish specific needs and explore how these needs might differ. Adequately funding Arizona’s public education system will lead to a more highly skilled and competitive workforce. Additionally, having an outstanding public education system will result in successful young people staying in Arizona, small business growth, and will likely attract large corporations to our urban areas. Economic growth and job creation for Arizona. I will meet with small business owners as well as large corporations to explore options for expanding business opportunities in Arizona. I will support improving and updating Arizona’s infrastructure (roads/highways, mass transit, technology), which would create jobs. I will support providing opportunities for businesses that explore alternative energy sources (solar, wind).
Budget priorities: My number one budget priority will be adequately funding public education, K-12 as well as post secondary education including community colleges. Reevaluating the effectiveness and utility of Student Tuition Organizations (STO’s) and the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) could lead to increased funding for our public education system. Other budget priorities include health care funding (AHCCCS), Child Protective Services (CPS) and funding for Arizona infrastructure (roads, highways, and technological infrastructure). Revenue increases for our state could be realized by reevaluating contracts for privately run prisons. Additionally, I would support funding for alternative energy sources including wind and solar.
Fiscal philosophy: I believe that strategic investments in Arizona infrastructure, including public education, would decrease costs to the state over the long term.
Common Core: These new standards are best utilized as a measure of school performance rather than individual student performance or readiness for college or career. Instead of standardized tests as a measure of student performance, I would measure a student’s readiness for college or career by evaluating grades (GPA), a sample of the student’s writing ability, and an interview with the student.
Gifts to elected officials: All elected officials should report any and all gifts received.
Transparency in government: All government actions should be completely transparent.
Pro-life / pro-choice: I am pro-choice.
Public policy advice: I identify and reach out to community experts on public policy issues for areas where I lack expertise.