Dave Joseph

Dave  Joseph


  • NameDave Joseph
  • Party Affiliationdemocrat
  • Start TimeJuly 16, 2012 2012-07-16T00:00:00-0700


Office: State Representative, District 11
Age: 52
Employer and Position: CEO of Ironwood Communications LLC
Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany, NY
Political Experience: None
Top priority: Improve quality of life through economic growth by innovative investments in education, infrastructure and health care.

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

As a successful small businessman and job creator, I know you cannot cut your way to growth and achievement. Resources must be invested and used wisely.

Once elected, I will work cooperatively to find ways to invest in critical areas that can build our state for both the short and long term. As a consultant to the Regional Transportation Authority of Pima County, I have seen first-hand how a thoughtfully constructed transportation plan can generate short-term results, with over 3,000 jobs saved or created, and with the long-term results of better roadways that enable us to grow our economy.

Arizona’s future depends on the investments we make today. Our growth depends upon our ability to attract and retain the next generation of businesses. We must provide the means to prepare the workers of the future and give our children the tools they need to prosper in a global economy. If successful, businesses will want to come to Arizona to take advantage of our highly skilled workforce. We must capitalize on our close proximity to Central and South America, improving our transportation infrastructure and facilitating trade that will bring us additional revenues.

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

In these very difficult economic times I think it is appropriate to give a hand up to our fellow Arizonans who need it. We all benefit when our neighbors are kept healthy and productive, and benefit financially when we are able to keep people from seeking non-emergency care at expensive emergency rooms.

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

SB 1070 is a great example of the legislature wasting our time and money on ineffective legislation. The law did nothing to secure the border; all it did was create difficulties for law enforcement and kill jobs. We need to stop the politics of fear and demand Congress begin and complete the task of real immigration reform. This means a secure border, but one that is an efficient gateway for trade. Any solution must be humane and find a fair way to deal with the undocumented immigrants already here. We should be proud that America is still considered the land of opportunity and find positive ways to tap into the spirit and determination that makes people want to risk their lives to get here.

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

The drive to privatize our prisons has been a failure. We spend more money and get less for our tax dollar. Each inmate in private prison now costs us about $1,600 MORE per year than those in public facilities. In 2009, our state ranked 7th in the nation for percent of spending on corrections (National Association of State Budget Officers), yet our crime rates put us 20th (FBI). We need to reform our corrections spending and bring it down to a reasonable level. Despite declining prison populations, 1,500 prison beds were suddenly funded at the very end of last session’s budget process. This shows that our legislature is working for lobbyists, not for the people of Arizona.

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

I had the opportunity to see the Rosemont presentation. I was impressed by the efforts they are making to make this a technologically advanced operation that attempts to protect the environment. I still have significant concerns. For example, running through the site is a water source that feeds the Cienega Creek, one of our state’s last remaining riparian areas. I am unclear as to whether this water flow will be protected.

What actually disturbed me the most was a waiver that was presented before I could tour the site as a passenger in one of the company’s vans. This was to release them from all responsibility for whatever happened, no matter who was at fault. It occurs to me that if they are unwilling to take any responsibility for a simple tour, will they really step up and take responsibility for following through on the promises they are making to preserve our fragile environment?

At the end of the day we may be unable to stop the mine, so a better tact may be fighting to ensure that the promises made by Rosemont are funded and enforceable, no matter the financial condition of the company or the price of copper.

What is the most important issue in your race?

Jobs. When they campaigned on “jobs, jobs, jobs” it appears the GOP was referring only to jobs for lawyers. I have run several successful businesses and have actually created jobs. This year our state legislature wasted our money on legislation that will only result in litigation. We need to start creating jobs that benefit our state rather than wasting millions in legal fees defending laws that are unconstitutional. As District 11’s State Representative I will work on bills that actually provide solutions and help revive our economy. Please visit www.DaveforLD11.com for more information about our campaign.


Race District Election Year Election Level Election Type Win
Arizona House District 11 Democratic primary 11th legislative 2012 State Primary
Arizona House District 11 District 11 2012 State General