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Goddard, Terry

Democrat – Secretary of State

Phone: (480) 351-4775

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.TerryGoddard.com

Facebook: Terry Goddard

Twitter: @TerryGoddardAZ

Address: 502 W Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Age: 67. (01/29/47, Tucson, AZ).

Arizona since: Birth

Occupation: Senior counsel, SNR Denton US LLP, since 2012; shareholder, Goddard Law Office, since 2011; AZ Attorney General, 2003-11.

Marital: Married

Children: 1

Education: J.D., ASU, 1976; B.A., Harvard University, 1969.

Political experience: Central AZ Water Conservation Dist, since 2012, 2000-02; AZ Attorney General, 2003-11; Mayor of Phoenix, 1984-90.

Interests: History, hiking, backpacking, skiing, gardening.

ALL – Public policy advice: I have always done my utmost to seek out the best authorities on whatever topic is of concern, using private sector authorities and the great academic resources of this state. Teaching at ASU for the past three years has increased my appreciation for the depth of talent and knowledge in our great universities. As mayor and attorney general, I looked for advice and assistance without regard for partisan alignment. Some of my most trusted advisors have been of another political party. Former secretaries of state and current county recorders have been generous in offering advice to me in the campaign for secretary of state, and I intend to keep looking to these public servants for their wisdom about election security and voter registration, if I am elected to the office.

Riggs, Frank

Republican – Governor

Phone: (480) 437-1033

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.riggsforazgov.com

Facebook: Frank Riggs

Twitter: @riggs4azgov

Address: 37486 N 102nd St , Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Age: 63. (09/05/50, Louisville, KY).

Arizona since: 2002

Occupation: Small business owner, Duncan Development Consulting, LLC; President, Frank and Cathy Riggs, Inc.; CEO, Charter Schools Development Corporation, retired 2012; former police officer and deputy sheriff; U.S. Army veteran.

Marital: Married

Children: 3

Education: B.A. (summa cum laude), administration of justice, Golden Gate University, 1980; attended, St. Mary’s College (Moraga, CA); University of Maryland, European Division (while serving in the U.S. Army).

Political experience: U.S. Congressman, California (R-CD1), 1991-93, 1995-99. My first political involvement was in Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaigns. I met President Reagan at the White House in 1982 and attended his second inaugural in 1984, and he inspired me to run for Congress. I was actively involved in Sen. John McCain’s first presidential campaign in 2000 and in the presidential campaign of my friend and former congressional colleague, Rick Santorum, in 2012, and headed Santorum’s campaign in Arizona.

Interests: My three children, their spouses, and my two grandchildren. I am a fitness enthusiast and work out regularly. I love hiking on Arizona’s many beautiful trails (especially Pinnacle Peak near my home) and playing golf on one of our many world-class golf courses. I will set a personal example of physical fitness to encourage my fellow Arizonans to practice healthy lifestyle habits, including regular exercise, so that we can control and reduce health care costs.

GOV – Two biggest issues: Reviving and rebuilding our economy and addressing and proactively averting our looming state government fiscal crisis. We need a low-cost tax and regulatory structure that is conducive to starting or expanding a business. Ninety-five percent of Arizona businesses are small businesses, and I want to reduce both income and property taxes on businesses. I also want to eliminate all corporate welfare and special interest tax breaks in the state tax code. Tax policy should encourage savings and investment and tax consumption, and should create a level playing field that promotes fair competition and doesn’t favor one business or industry over another. We need to invest in K-20 education, especially vocational, technical and career-related education and training, and in our infrastructure. Employers and job creators look for states with a low cost of living and high quality of life, an educated workforce, and transportation infrastructure that supports commerce.

GOV – Budget priorities: My priorities are jobs, kids and public safety, a perfect alignment with my deep experience as a successful small businessman, an education leader in Congress and the charter school sector, and my service as a military policeman and military police investigator in the Army, and as a police officer and deputy sheriff. Taxes should be as low, flat and fair as possible, and tax policy should encourage savings and investment, and tax consumption. I favor a flat tax on income with an exemption for the first $12,000 of income. I would eliminate the sales tax or “Transaction Privilege Tax” in favor of a broad-based consumption tax with an exemption for prescription medicine and a low-income refundable tax credit. A consumption tax would rid the state tax code of the corporate welfare and special-interest loopholes, get at the “underground” economy, and make our out-of-state visitors and seasonal guests pay their fair share for government services and infrastructure.

GOV – Fiscal philosophy: I am a fiscal conservative as proven by my congressional voting record. The federal budget was balanced in 1998 when I left Congress to keep my term limits commitment. I share the tea party’s concern about the constant expansion of the size, reach and power of the federal government, especially under the Obama Administration, which has given us a $17 trillion-plus national debt. We’re headed down the same path as a state, selling off (and leasing back) state-owned properties, including the Capitol office buildings, and pledging future lottery revenues. Forty percent of the state budget is federal aid and much of Arizona’s land is under federal government’s dominion and control. I want to make our state less, not more, dependent on the federal government. Federal funds to Arizona for K-12 education and health care should be block grants with maximum flexibility, and the public lands held in trust by the federal government should be turned over to state government for multi-use management.

GOV – Job creation: Elect me governor! I will focus like a laser on creating jobs and raising incomes (the average wage of the jobs we’ve added since the Great Recession is $9.50 an hour). We will make strategic investments in education and workforce training. We will establish a state infrastructure investment bank to leverage affordable private sector investment in our state transportation infrastructure, and wastewater reclamation and treatment projects to augment our water supply. We will reduce college and health care costs. And I will personally lead the Arizona Commerce Authority to promote our state’s economic development and business recruitment efforts.

GOV – Common Core : Common Core is a “bright line” issue that divides people between those who favor more federalization of K-12 public education and the nationalization of standards and testing, and those who want to keep decisions regarding standards and testing, which dictate curriculum, at the state and local level. I’m opposed to Common Core because it’s a top-down mandate tied to federal education funding and regulations, imposed on state government by the federal government, and by state government on all schools. K-12 education is a primary responsibility of state government, consuming 41% of the state budget. Decisions about standards, curriculum and assessments should be made by Arizona policymakers with ample input from parents and the educators leading and teaching in our schools. I will ensure my State Board of Education appointees support local control over standards and assessments, parental rights, school choice, and charter school autonomy.

GOV – Medicaid expansion: I’m opposed to Obamacare and didn’t favor the expansion of Medicaid. Arizonans want choice and freedom, not mandates, when it comes to their health care. Taxpayer-funded benefits should be means-tested, and I believe Medicaid eligibility should be rolled back to 100% of the federal poverty level. In addition, the Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare will funnel $200 billion out of Medicare Advantage into Obamacare over the next decade, and $1 trillion, that otherwise would have been spent on Medicare, will have to be rerouted to fund Obamacare subsidies. As a member of Congress, I fought to reform and strengthen Medicare and am the only candidate for governor with a proven record of protecting Medicare. It should remain a retirement health insurance program and shouldn’t be raided to pay for Obamacare, including the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona.

GOV – Pro-life / Pro-choice: I believe in the dignity, worth and purpose of every life. Government has no greater responsibility than to protect the sanctity of life, from conception to natural death. I have the most extensive voting record on pro-life issues of any candidate for governor (some of the other candidates are “blank slates” who have never held legislative office or cast a single vote). As a three-term U.S. Congressman, I voted for the Hyde Amendment to ban federal funding for abortion on demand; to prohibit abortions at medical facilities on federal military installations; to ban the abhorrent practice of partial birth abortion; and for the Adoption Tax Credit and the Dependent Child Tax Credit. I also support the “conscience clause” allowing a business owner or medical provider to refuse to provide abortion-related services, as mandated by Obamacare, based on moral and religious beliefs.

ALL – Public policy advice: I seek broad policy advice from subject matter experts and advocacy organizations, as well as the general public through regular town hall meetings. I welcome a wide range of viewpoints and have sought advice from law enforcement associations, veterans’ organizations, local government officials, the Farm Bureau, organizations opposing Common Core like Arizonans Against Common Core and Patriots Against Common Core, and the Firearms and Shooting Trade Alliance. Statewide tea party groups and the Goldwater Institute have been very helpful in promoting the values of fiscal restraint and responsibility, and constitutionally limited government. In assembling my leadership team, I will look for excellent character and integrity; a strong work ethic; commitment to public service (“servant leadership”); demonstrated expertise and competence; and loyalty to me and the conservative principles I’ve articulated for moving our state forward.

Hallman, Hugh

Republican – State Treasurer

Phone: (480) 423-0515

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.hughhallman.com

Facebook: Hugh Hallman

Twitter: @hughhallman

Address: 2011 N Campo Allegre Dr , Tempe, AZ 85281

Age: 52. (01/13/62, Tempe, AZ).

Arizona since: Birth.

Occupation: Superintendent, Tempe Preparatory Academies, 2009-14; headmaster, Tempe Preparatory Academies, 2009-13; attorney, Hallman & Affiliates, P.C., 1999-14; attorney, Colombo & Bonacci, P.C., 1993-99; attorney, Brown & Bain, P.A., 1988-93.

Marital: Married

Children: 3

Education: J.D. with highest honors, Order of the Coif, Olin Fellow in Law & Economics, University of Chicago, 1988;
B.A. (summa cum laude), economics & accounting and political science, Claremont Men’s College, 1984.

Political experience: Mayor, City of Tempe, 2004-12; council Member, City of Tempe, 1998-2002; special counsel, AZ Republican Party, 1999-2002; pro bono legal counsel to a variety of campaigns (federal, state and local); deputy consultant to the national campaign director, Reagan-Bush ’84; volunteer, Reagan 1980; precinct committeeman; state committeeman; delegate and alternate delegate to Republican conventions, 2008 and 2012.

Interests: I enjoy spending time with my children; reading; training for and running 1/2 marathons with my wife; and, when time permits, traveling with our family.

ALL – Public policy advice: Given the breadth and depth of my professional, civic and public service, I have a wide variety of business, civic and political leaders who, depending on the issue, I am blessed to be able to call on for advice and insight. Some of these advisors are widely known and others are not generally known publicly.

Smith, Scott

Republican – Governor

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.votescottsmith.com

Facebook: Scott Smith

Twitter: @Mayor_Smith

Age: 58. (02/07/56, Tucson, AZ).

Arizona since: Birth.

Occupation: Mayor, City of Mesa, 2008-14; regional president, K. Hovnanian Homes, 2003-07; CEO, president &owner, Great Western Homes, 2000-03; president, Great Western Homes, 1995-2000; CFO/CEO, Great Western Homes, 1994; principal, founding member, ExecuShare, Ltd., 1986-94; tax manager, Nelson Lambson & Co, 1985-86; senior accountant – auditing and tax, Price Waterhouse & Co., 1980-85.

Marital: Married

Children: 3

Education: J.D., ASU, 1996; M.B.A., ASU, 1985; B.S., accounting, Brigham Young University, 1980; Westwood H.S., 1974.

Political experience: Elected Mayor of Mesa in 2008 and 2012.

Interests: My wife got me flying lessons several years back for Christmas, and I was fortunate to be able to earn my pilot’s license. I love flying and go whenever I have the chance. Arizona from the sky is stunning.

GOV – Two biggest issues: First and foremost, I believe we must lift our economy by creating a more efficient, more business friendly state government and by giving our children schools that deliver educational excellence. As mayor of Mesa, we overcame a $62 million deficit and balanced our budget by slimming the workforce 10 percent and cutting spending. That efficiency and our “business first’ culture drew companies like Apple, leading to a $2 billion investment and 2,000 new jobs. I will bring that same CEO’s mentality to being governor, lifting business, creating jobs and improving our schools.

GOV – Budget priorities: As governor, my focus will be on creating high-paying careers and jobs, and I will work with the Legislature to develop a budget that is in service to that vision. Attracting and retaining quality jobs requires that we prioritize what works for our education system and that we fund the infrastructure projects our communities need to support business development. Education and infrastructure spending represents smart investments in our future, laying the foundation for economic growth, and should be done with full commitment, fiscal transparency and strict accountability.

GOV – Fiscal philosophy: My fiscal philosophy is based on the core business principles that grounded me as a CEO and as mayor. I believe in the power of efficiency and innovation. Within weeks of my taking office, Mesa was faced with the harsh reality of a $62 million budget deficit. In response, we implemented the largest reorganization of government in city history, slimming the workforce by 10 percent and finding new efficiencies that enabled us to do more with less. The result? We created thousands of jobs during my term, became the third-safest city in America and lowered taxes.

GOV – Job creation: Having a clear strategic vision and a culture that facilitates business growth is the first and most important step to increasing job creation. While I was mayor of Mesa, we were named the most business friendly city in Arizona after committing to a success-driven, business-first culture we referred to as ‘Facilitate, Don’t Regulate,’ and implementing a focused economic growth strategy. Our approach assisted companies large and small and created thousands of jobs. As governor, I will take this approach statewide.

GOV – Common Core : I support Arizona’s efforts to raise the bar for our schools and implement our higher Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. Every child in Arizona deserves an excellent education, and the pathway to achieving this requires that we set a higher bar. Our State Board of Education must continue to regularly revisit our standards, ensuring that we provide the best academic framework available in our time. As governor, I will appoint state board members who are committed to the vision of providing an excellent education for all students and driven to adopt the best possible standards.

GOV – Medicaid expansion: I applaud Gov. Brewer for doing what Arizonans asked: Providing cost-effective health care to the sick and the poor while protecting Arizona’s tax dollars. The Medicaid Restoration Plan takes tax dollars we would have lost to Washington and keeps them in Arizona to support rural hospitals and crowded ERs. We know what happens when Washington meddles in health care – we get Obamacare, which has driven up costs and hurt businesses and families. As governor, I will continue to stand with Gov. Brewer, rural Arizona and our state’s business community in support of preserving health care for the poor.

GOV – Pro-life / Pro-choice: I am pro-life.

ALL – Public policy advice: I was very fortunate as mayor of Mesa and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors to have the opportunity to develop relationships with numerous thoughtful, solutions-oriented leaders across Arizona and the country. I regularly turn to this network when seeking advice on public policy issues. I also turn to the groups and people directly impacted by policies. The Mesa community came together behind our vision to Build a Better Mesa and our success was the result of all our engagement and efforts.

Hart, Joe

Republican – State Mine Inspector

Phone: (928) 753-2783

Email: [email protected]

Address: 3819 S Stone Hill Way , Kingman, AZ 86401

Age: 70. (05/08/44, Kingman, AZ).

Arizona since: Birth

Occupation: State Mine Inspector since 2006; radio broadcasting since 1984.

Marital: Married

Children: 4

Education: Did not respond.

Legis exp: House 2002-04, 1992-2000, Speaker Pro Tempore 1996-2000.

Interests: Ranching, classic car restoration and spending time with my family.

ALL – Public policy advice: Did not respond.

Bennett, Ken

Republican – Governor

Phone: (602) 492-5531

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.bennettarizona.com

Facebook: Ken Bennett

Twitter: @bennettarizona

Age: 54. (08/01/59, Tucson, AZ).

Arizona since: Birth

Occupation: Secretary of State since 2009; board member, Cancer Treatment Center of American, since 2008; CEO, Bennett Oil Co., 1985-2007.

Marital: Married

Children: 3

Education: B.S., accounting, ASU, 1984; Prescott H.S., 1977.

Political experience: AZ Charter Schools Board, 1995-98; AZ State Board of Education, 1991-98; Prescott City Council, 1985-89.

Legis exp: Senate 1999-2007, president, 2003-07, majority leader, 2002.

Interests: Grandkids, sports, music.

GOV – Two biggest issues: Economy and education: We will focus on growing our economy at a much faster pace so more Arizonan’s have jobs and real-wage growth to support them and their families. We will make our education system the best in the country by insuring teachers get the resources they need to prepare our students for the careers of tomorrow.

GOV – Budget priorities: Education and public safety: Creating more taxpayers through economic growth [and] temporary help for those without other options. Every state agency should be looking for ways to be more efficient and effective with the taxpayers’ hard-earned money. The best way to increase revenues is to grow the economy.

GOV – Fiscal philosophy: Spend less than you make. Save for times of crisis. Prevent problems whenever possible. Fix problems when they’re small. Invest for the future.

GOV – Job creation: Reasonable and low cost of doing business and a high talent-producing education system.

GOV – Common Core : I oppose Common Core as it currently stands, but would not scrap it without knowing exactly how we plan to replace or improve it. As governor, I will convene a group of educators, parents, and business leaders to reevaluate the standards so that they best serve Arizona students. We cannot allow the federal government or third parties to dictate or interfere with Arizona’s right to educate our children as we see fit.

GOV – Medicaid expansion: I do not support how Medicaid expansion was adopted. I believe this action required a 2/3 vote of the Legislature, and I would not have proceeded without the support of legislative leadership. Additionally, I have serious concerns about the federal government’s takeover of health care and their ability to sustain current levels of funding. As governor, I would consider all options regarding its implementation going forward.

GOV – Pro-life / Pro-choice: I am pro-life. Abortion should be allowed in cases of preserving the mother’s life and rape/incest.

ALL – Public policy advice: Experts in the field, especially the consumers and providers in that field or industry.

Brnovich, Mark

Republican – Attorney General

Phone: (602) 618-4307

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.mark4az.com

Facebook: Mark Brnovich

Twitter: @mark4az

Address: 3217 E Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028

Arizona since: 1968

Occupation: Currently a full-time candidate and stay at home dad; director, AZ Dept of Gaming, 2009-13; assistant U.S. attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, 2007-09; director, Center for Constitutional Government, Goldwater Institute, 2003-05; assistant attorney general, 1998-2003; prosecutor, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Gang/Repeater Unit, 1992-98.

Marital: Married

Children: 2

Education: J.D., University of San Diego, 1991; B.S. (cum laude), political science, ASU.

Political experience: None.

Interests: Outdoors, hiking, fantasy football, traveling and reading.

ALL – Public policy advice: There isn’t just one person I admire for public policy because each policy is different. What I do is surround myself with the best people in each policy area. Surrounding yourself with good people is what makes people successful.

Cardon, Wil

Republican – Secretary of State

Phone: (480) 505-9599

Email: [email protected]

Website: wilcardon.com

Facebook: Wil Cardon

Twitter: @@FriendsofWil

Age: 43. (09/23/70, Mesa, AZ).

Arizona since: Birth

Occupation: CEO and president, The Cardon Group.

Marital: Married

Children: 5

Education: M.B.A., Harvard University, 1998; B.A., public policy, Stanford University, 1994.

Political experience: None.

Interests: Spending time with my family, sports, volunteering in the community, and serving in my church.