Kern, Anthony

Republican – Legislative District 20 House

Phone: (623) 326-0578

Email: [email protected]


Facebook: Anthony Kern

Twitter: @anthonykernAZ

Address: 5028 West Mescal Street , Glendale, AZ 85304

Age: 52. (08/05/61, Wadena, MN).

Occupation: City of El Mirage since 2005; private investigator, realtor, City of Phoenix, 1987-2005; construction 1985-87.

Marital: Married

Children: 4

Education: A.A., business; certified peace officer; continuing education at NAU towards B.A., emergency management.

Political experience: Ran for Glendale City Council, 2010, 2012; helped with many conservative Republican campaigns in the federal, state and local levels.

Interests: I enjoy the outdoors especially the White Mountain area. I like to exercise and stay healthy. I enjoy time with friends and family and look for ways to make the lives of those around me better.

Two biggest issues: Taxes: Continue to be competitive with other states (i.e. reduce taxes) and work to remove regulations on private business. Lessen the tax burden on individuals and business. Education: Work with teachers to improve pay and job performance.

Budget priorities: I have three budget priorities: growth, education and public safety. I would look to bring in additional revenues by being competitive with other states in the areas of tax reduction and decreasing business regulations. Less taxes and regulation mean increased job growth and additional revenue for the state.

Fiscal philosophy: Do not spend what you do not have. It seems many areas of government are “out of control” in their spending and some elected officials like to increase the burden on taxpayers instead of controlling their spending habits. Let’s continue down the path of fiscal responsibility and make Arizona an exemplary economic model.

Common Core: I believe in standards for students and support testing as a measure of student progress and achievement. I oppose the federal standards and would prefer a curriculum designed by Arizona parents, teachers and educators exclusively.

Gifts to elected officials: Elected officials work for the citizens within their districts and should realize the people who voted them in can certainly vote them out. What is needed are principled representatives in all levels of government who understand the real reason they are holding office is to represent the people and not their own self interest. I am more concerned with elected officials voting against their constituents wishes simply because they were promised big money for the next election cycle.

Transparency in government: Transparency is a priority I take seriously. Transparency is a word that seems to be thrown around a lot but seems to never be adhered to. One of my goals as a representative is to meet with the voters in the district to gather their ideas and keep them informed of bills that may affect their lives. I believe public notice is essential and a great tool to keep people informed.

Pro-life / pro-choice: Life begins at conception and is given to us by God. Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” I am not in favor of abortion.

Public policy advice: I turn to the constituents and representatives within LD20. I have also met with several conservative legislators and look forward to educating myself on many public policy issues.