- NameGaither Martin
- Party Affiliationrepublican
Office: U. S. Representative, Congressional District 1
Employer and Position: International Business Consultant, Self Employed
Education: Bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University
Political Experience: Never run for office until now.
Top priority: Repealing Obamacare, cutting regulations, and cutting taxes to empower business' thus fixing the economy.
How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona?
Economic recovery is happening much too slowly. Worse, the unemployment rate continues to hover above 8.2%. Under President Obama small business registration is at a 30 year low. These dismal numbers are unsurprising considering the federal government’s excessive spending and regulation policies. These same policies make it more difficult to bring about prosperity for ourselves and future generations.
As a member of Congress, I will:
• Work to reduce regulations that stifle creation and expansion of businesses
• Create jobs and reduce energy costs by supporting energy exploration
• Responsibly remove barriers to free trade
• Vote against any unbalanced budget
• Oppose raising the debt ceiling
Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible?
We simply can’t afford to expand entitlement programs at this time. Entitlements are squeezing the federal and state budgets thin, which is why I support responsible entitlement reform. The federal government needs to be smarter with how it spends our tax dollars.
If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it?
I would have voted for it.
In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education?
In recent years the federal government has grabbed more power in the area of education. We need to return control over education to the states. Rather than “cut” education, the federal government should return to the education funding that was taken from the states to begin with, and should do so with no strings attached.
Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay?
Rosemont Copper Mine is not in district one but CD1 does have multiple land use issues that we need to be mindful of. CD1 has multiple copper mines and power plants, we rely on the proper use of natural resources for jobs in our district.
What is the most important issue in your race?
The federal government has grown too much, particularly over the last few years. President Obama has used the American economy to conduct a vast Keynesian experiment over the past four years, which unsurprisingly has not led to the promised results. Our national debt (approximately $16 trillion) now exceeds America’s GDP (approximately $14.6 trillion). The federal government exerts too much influence over areas of life that are best left free from federal interference. As a member of Congress I will help reduce the size and scope of the federal government by repealing burdensome environmental regulations, lowering the tax burden, and voting to repeal Obamacare.
|Race||District||Election Year||Election Level||Election Type||Win|
|CD 1 Republican primary||Arizona 1st Congressional District||2012||National||Primary|