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Susan Bitter Smith

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  • NameSusan Bitter Smith
  • Party Affiliationrepublican

Details

Office: Arizona Corporation Commission
Age: 56
Employer and Position: Vice President, Technical Solutions  and Executive Director AZ-NMCCA
Education: BS in Business Administration ASU, 1977, Masters in Business Administration ASU, 1982
Political Experience: Member Scottsdale City Council 1988-92, Maricopa County Charter Committee 1997, Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board member 1999-2010 (President 2007-10), Balsz Elementary School Board Member, 2005-08
Top Priority: To insure that all Arizonans have access to  diverse, affordable, and reliable water and energy resources.

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

I support policies that will provide Arizona with clean, reliable energy at the lowest possible prices. Enacting such policies at the Arizona Corporation Commission will encourage new companies to relocate to all parts of the State, including Southern Arizona, and will keep existing employers located here. As a small business owner and an employer, I know that having a diverse energy portfolio for the State that helps keep energy rates low is the best job creator for Arizona's future.

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

The Corporation Commission has no authority or jurisdiction in this area.

If you were in a position to vote on SB 1070, would you have voted for or against it?

In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling, important components of SB 1070 are now settled law. The Arizona Corporation Commission has no authority or jurisdiction in this area.

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

Again, the Arizona Corporation Commission has no authority or jurisdiction in this area. However, I would point out that as a former school board member, I know that a solid energy policy is good for our economy which in turns strengthens our ability to support our education system.

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

The Arizona Corporation Commission recently worked with TEP and the environmental community on a compromise approach to bring required power resources to Rosemont Mine. That is the extent of the Commission's authority. However, it is important to note that at a time when our economy is struggling, I would be cautious about supporting decisions that stop new job creation or cause the loss of existing jobs.

What is the most important issue in your race?

The most important issue in this race is the continued need to bring both a diverse energy portfolio and an assurance of water supplies to Arizonans that is accessible and affordable. We must utilize all of our energy options in a responsible manner and we must pay attention to the growing needs of rural Arizona's struggling water infrastructure. My background as a former elected Central Arizona Project Board member and Board President makes me uniquely qualified to address the growing problems of Arizona's private water companies that occupy the majority of the Commission's regulatory agenda. Insuring that Arizonans have access to affordable energy and affordable and reliable water supplies is critical to our state's economic survival.

Races

Race District Election Year Election Level Election Type Win
Corporation Commission Republican primary 2012 State Primary
Corporation Commission Statewide 2012 State General
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