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 which 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. End the cycle of the school to prison pipeline. The use of "zero-tolerance" rules within schools that criminalize minor offenses.
    4. Giving students alternative solutions to traditional education is vital. Increasing access to more CTE, JTED and technological courses that will prepare students for the future.
    5. Higher education is far to expensive and inaccessible for many people. Restoring funding back into the communities colleges is vital to not only those continuing their education after high school but also to those going back to school to possibly earn their first degree. Universities need to more accessible and affordable to those who want to go to college like DACAmented students.

     

    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. Reforming 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. Getting rid of the private prison system, reform the criminal (in)justice system, and healthcare within our prison system. Breaking the cycle of million dollar blocks and vilifying communities.
    3. With heat and drought a factor in Arizona, we need to build long term resiliency plans to help combat the effects of drought and heat 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.
    5. Support the Clean Water Act and EPA regulations on our tap water.
    6. Eliminating food deserts that widely affect families living in urban areas of the valley making access to affordable and healthy food extremely difficult especially 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. Ensuring that people have a livable wage, if you are working full time you shouldn’t have to struggle to provide for you and your family.
    2. Making corporations pay their fair share of taxes and close corporate loopholes that allow them to pay less than individuals pay on their income tax.
    3. Strengthen families and the workforce by having paid family leave, especially for those that have just had a child or adopted a child.
    4. Give back employees the opportunity for collective bargaining, employer-contractor misclassification/wage theft and the right to request predictable schedules.
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    Meet Matt

    I was raised by a single mother for a majority of my childhood she demonstrated what it meant to
    work hard and she reminded me and my brothers of the importance of getting an education. As I’ve
    grown I have come to learn that my experience was not unique. That every day, there are numerous
    families in this situation with their own unique experience and story to tell. My experience instilled in
    me a passion to help those that were often left in the margins of our communities. I realized this passion
    early on and had the opportunity to work with families and individuals with disabilities during high
    school and through college.

    I began working within the non-profit sector. During that time I had a chance to support families that
    relied on resources from not only organizations like the one I worked for but also from the education
    system and the state. Many of these families were usually in need of more support from the institutions
    around them but were often not given the tools or resources to become self-supporting.

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