- NameDustin Cox
- Party Affiliationdemocrat
• Office: State representative, District 9
• Age: 26
• Employer and Position: Founder/president, CM Concordia Consulting
• Education: Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Arizona
• Political Experience: Ran for Arizona House of Representatives, 2010; Pima County Democratic Party executive committee; state and precinct Democratic committeeman
• Top priority: Create quality jobs, restore cuts to education and training programs, and invest in state infrastructure.
How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona?
Helping businesses create jobs will be a top priority for me should I be elected to the Arizona House of Representatives. I will work to ensure that the legislature passes policies that encourage the growth of 21st century jobs right here in Southern Arizona. We have tremendous potential in renewable energy industries such as solar and wind, the biotech industry, engineering, optics, and we must capitalize on these opportunities while we can. We should promote quality jobs, increase access to capital for startups, and invest in our education system to ensure our young people are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible?
Yes. I believe the cuts to AHCCCS were the wrong thing to do in a struggling economy where people are already having difficulty keeping jobs and quality healthcare. Everyone should have access to quality, affordable healthcare, and our state was wrong in turning away the federal matching funds that provided for the expanded AHCCCS coverage that existed because of a voter mandate. Those funds kept Arizonans healthy and created thousands of jobs. We need them back.
If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it?
I would have voted against SB1070, because it did nothing to secure our border, cost our state much needed jobs and revenues, and blackened the eye of the state I love. We need comprehensive immigration reform and to address the real problems on the border - drug, weapons, and money trafficking. SB1070 did nothing about any of those problems, and has only hurt our communities.
In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education?
I would be willing to cut the billions of dollars in tax giveaways currently riddling our tax code. Arizona's tax code is like swiss cheese - some people and businesses pay, and others don't. We need to eliminate the sweetheart deals for special interests in our tax code and ensure that everyone is paying their fair share. That would provide us with more than enough revenue to appropriately fund education.
Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay?
I think we need to focus on the jobs of tomorrow - high-tech, high-wage jobs that will have a lasting positive impact on our communities and Arizona's overall economy. I am not in favor of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine, as they have not shown that they can operate without endangering our cherished lands, water, and air. We live in a unique environment, and I want to protect that asset for future generations. Local officials are elected to represent the will of the people, and I believe they are voicing our community's concerns about the negative impacts of this project.
What is the most important issue in your race?
The most important issue in my race is getting our economy back on track and putting people back to work. As a small business owner and the former chief executive of a statewide nonprofit, I know what it takes to create and save jobs in a struggling economy. That's experience that matters. To move Arizona forward, we must promote 21st century jobs, invest in education, and focus on the priorities of our communities instead of engaging in the partisan extremism going on up at the capitol today.
|Race||District||Election Year||Election Level||Election Type||Win|
|Arizona House District 9 Democratic primary||9th legislative||2012||State||Primary|