Legislative District 2: House: Jobs, SB 1070 major issues in race

2 Democrats, 1 Republican facing off for 2 seats in state House
2012-10-14T00:00:00Z 2014-05-28T14:38:12Z Legislative District 2: House: Jobs, SB 1070 major issues in raceArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 14, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Three candidates are vying for two state House seats in the newly redrawn Legislative District 2 - Republican John Christopher Ackerley and Democrats Andrea Dalessandro and Rosanna Gabaldón.

The district stretches from Tucson's south side to Nogales.

Ackerley, 40, is a high school physics teacher for Amphitheater Public Schools.

Dalessandro, 65, is a retired certified public accountant and former math teacher.

Gabaldón, 51, is a former Sahuarita councilwoman.

Here is what the candidates have said:

Jobs

Ackerley said the vast majority of jobs are created by the private sector.

"The government's clear role is to provide labor," he said, and the Legislature must return funding to high school vocational and career programs through a special school district called JTED, or Joint Technical Education District.

Gabaldón said it is the federal government's responsibility to create new jobs, and the state needs to encourage economic development. The Legislature can attract businesses by offering tax incentives to encourage job creation, she said.

Dalessandro said more incentives must be routed toward the film industry to attract them to Arizona, because filmmakers are bypassing the state.

She also said the state Department of Commerce needs to work with the Mexican government on commerce and trade issues, and work to solve the bottlenecks during the produce season. Dalessandro said Texas is courting Mexico's produce industry to use its sophisticated ports of entry, and if this happens "it will have a detrimental effect to Nogales."

SB 1070

Ackerley said local law enforcement must have a role in enforcing the state's immigration law, a role that he supports. But he recognizes the controversy has had an adverse affect on the tourist industry.

Dalessandro said Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has said deputies already call federal authorities when they detain someone who is in the country illegally. However, she said she is against racial profiling, and "We have to be aware if there are abuses of the system."

Gabaldón said she does not support SB 1070 because the federal government has the responsibility to enforce immigration law, and secure the border. She said the law has created "fear mongering" and has hurt the state's image.

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