Thank you for visiting my webpage. I am running for State Senate in Legislative District 20 (LD20) as a
clean election’s candidate. I believe that it is important that I am beholden to you, the members of our
community. I will put the focus back to where it truly matters, that is you. For too long, everyday
Arizonans have been ignored and silenced by our legislature.


I will work to give a voice back to those that have been marginalized by reinvesting in our education
system; not just K-12 but also focusing on higher education, promoting healthy families, and creating
economic equality for all not just the few. I am ready for this challenge, but it can’t be completed without
you.

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    Issues

    Learn more about what issues we have come across the most while we're out canvassing the district. If you want to learn more about others issues or where I stand on a particular issue please feel free to reach out. 

    REINVESTING BACK IN EDUCATION

    Disregarding our public schools is not only a disservice to our teachers, staff and students, but also to our families and communities that rely on strong public education programs. These programs include but are not limited to full day Kindergarten, preschool, and free and reduced lunch.

    1. We need to restore funding to our public education system. This includes pay for teachers, staff and for more resources in the classroom.
    2. It is wrong to line the pockets of charter and private schools with taxpayer dollars. We need to end Vouchers and ESAs that do this.
    3. We must address the cycle of the school to prison pipeline. The use of "zero-tolerance" rules within schools criminalize minor offenses and don't get to the root of the issue.
    4. Give students alternative solutions to traditional education is vital. Increasing access to more CTE, JTED and technological courses will prepare all students for the future.
    5. Higher education is far too expensive and inaccessible for many people. Restoring funding back into our community colleges is vital to both those continuing their education after high school and those going back to school to earn their first degree. Universities and colleges also need to be more accessible and affordable for our undocumented & DACAmented students, in-state tuition is an opportunity for them to earn higher degrees, be successful and continue giving back to their communities in Arizona. 

     

    RESTORING HEALTHY FAMILIES

    Being healthy should not only be accessible to those that can afford it. Without an appropriate healthcare solution it puts an undue stress on our economy.

    1. Reform our Medicaid program is vital so that we can properly expand Medicaid to capture those families and individuals that are still falling through the cracks.
    2. Get rid of the private prisons in Arizona is important to making sure that our taxpayer dollars are not going to for-profit businesses. We must reform the criminal (in)justice system and stop treating people like a commodity. Let's break the cycle of million dollar blocks and stop vilifying the most vulnerable in our communities.
    3. With heat and drought as major factors in Arizona, we need to build long term resiliency plans to help combat the effects of drought and rising heat on our most vulnerable populations in Arizona.
    4. Encourage fossil fuel alternatives to increase the use of renewable energy powered vehicles and homes. Making these options more accessible and affordable to all Arizonans.
    5. Support the Clean Water Act and EPA regulations on our tap water.
    6. Eliminate food deserts that widely affect families living in both urban and rural areas of the valley. Food deserts make access to affordable and healthy food extremely difficult, especially to those who have to rely on public transportation in the Arizona heat.

     

    INCREASING ECONOMIC EQUALITY

    Families and individuals that work full time should not have to worry about providing for themselves and their families. We need to refocus on the working poor, middle class and marginalized communities.

    1. Ensure that people have a livable wage -- if you are working full time, or if you are unable to work, you deserve to put food on the table and more for your family.
    2. Make sure corporations pay their fair share of taxes and close corporate loopholes that allow large corporations to pay less than individuals pay on their income tax.
    3. Strengthen families and the workforce by having paid family leave, especially for those who have just had a child or adopted a child. Strong family bonds are extremely important and should be supported by our work systems.
    4. Give employees the opportunity for collective bargaining, employer-contractor misclassification/wage theft and the right to request predictable schedules.






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    Meet Matt

    My story begins here, in Phoenix, with my mother. As a single parent, she took on the role of both my mother and my father; working several jobs but still making sure she was there in the morning to take us to school. She took my brothers and I to all our practices, games and supported us wholeheartedly. I don't know how she did it but I know we had what we needed. My story, unfortunately, is not unique. 

    Education was a valuable tool and the key to my success. My mother was instrumental in making sure I knew this. I was fortunate to have had a great education throughout elementary school and into high school and college. I understand this isn't the case for all students in Arizona, as we saw with the landmark Red For Ed protests. I supported this movement wholeheartedly and realize it was only the beginning.

    During high school and into college, I had the chance to work with families and individuals with disabilities. This was rewarding work and I'm glad to have worked with Arizonans but even still, I continue to hear an array of stories and experiences from those truly affected by a flawed and underfunded system. Everyday, I fight for the families and individuals in our district so they can access what they need to thrive.

    After college, I began working within the non-profit sector to create a larger impact. I had the chance to support families who relied on direct services from my organization and other organizations around the state. Many of these families were usually in need of more support but were often not given the tools or resources to become self-supporting. Even after providing direct services, I still wasn't seeing the results I wanted and expected, so I realized I had to turn to a different tier of the systems that help these families and individuals.

    I decided to get involved with local campaigns to get community members elected who truly care about these families and individuals. I have done this for many years, and after helping get people elected, I am just now beginning to see a direct impact in my own community. This is why I decided to run for office. The change must happen now, and I must be a catalyst, organizer, promoter, and facilitator for this change.

    If not me, then who? 

    For far too long, our communities in this district and in this state have been ignored. Everyday families are falling through the cracks and not given the resources they need to be self-sufficient. We have issues in our education system that are not being addressed by our legislators down at the Capitol. We have concerns about the affordability and accessibility of our healthcare in Arizona. Families and individuals in our district are living paycheck to paycheck or are barely floating above water. We need to make sure everyone in our district is given a voice and an opportunity to succeed.

    This is why I'm running for office. Our politicians and those in power usually do not look like myself or other members in our community, and often, do not share my story. I'm running to show this community that you too can run for office and be successful regardless of who you are or where you're from, as long as your heart is in the right place. I'm running to create the change that we need now more than ever. I am running in hopes that you, the voters of Legislative District 20, will give me a chance to fight for our community and make our voices heard down at the Capitol!





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