Linda Lopez

Linda  Lopez

About

  • NameLinda Lopez
  • Party Affiliationdemocrat

Details

Office: Arizona Senate District 2
Age: 63
Employer: La Frontera community relations coordinator
Education: Bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and psychology from the University of Arizona
Political experience: State legislator 12 years, Sunnyside school board 18 years
Top priority: Restoring support for education, health care and social services in order to grow our economy.

How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona?

The most important thing the legislature can do to create jobs in Southern Arizona and in the rest of the state is to invest in education and to support the Medicaid Expansion of the Affordable Care Act. Both of these create jobs in those areas which cascades to jobs in other areas.

Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible?

Yes! Not only does this help the individuals who will receive health care but it invests in the health care industry which is a job creator.

If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it?

I was in a position to vote on SB 1070 and I voted against it.

In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education?

The Department of Corrections has grown exponentially. Several steps must be taken to reduce its budget in order to better fund education including sentencing reform.

Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay?

Local government and my constituents are divided on Rosemont. I am personally concerned about the environmental issues my new constituents have raised.

What is the most important issue in your race?

In addition to education and healthcare an issue that is critical to LD 2 and to all of Arizona is the billions of dollars in international trade that is at stake at the Nogales border crossings. The state legislature and the federal government must take steps to insure that border crossing infrastructure and staffing supports not only the current international trade but is competitive with Texas.

Races

Race District Election Year Election Level Election Type Win
Arizona Senate District 2 Democratic primary 2nd legislative 2012 State Primary
Arizona Senate District 2 District 2 2012 State General

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