Republican John Christopher Ackerley and Democrat Rosanna Gabaldón are our choices for the state House from District 2.

Democrat Linda Lopez is running unopposed for the Senate seat.

Ackerley, a physics teacher and for the past two years a member of the Arizona Education Association board, has a deep understanding of how the state funds schools and assesses their performance.

He told us he's running for office because he's tired of arguing with policymakers over education, "especially people of my own party."

Because schools receive about half of the state's general-fund spending, it's important to have legislators with Ackerley's expertise.

He also emphasizes he will work to improve the strained relationships between the Legislature and local government - a role he would best be positioned to fill as a Republican in what's sure to remain a Republican-controlled body.

We support Gabaldón because she has broad experience in local and state issues that are important to District 2.

She served on the Sahuarita Town Council and is on the board of the Green Valley Sahuarita Food Bank and Friends of the Green Valley Library. She's also been involved with state and national groups that focus on early-childhood education and water along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Gabaldón said education and economic development are her top two issues.

The Star endorses John Christopher Ackerley and Rosanna Gabaldón as the best choices to represent District 2.


Where it is

District 2 includes south-side neighborhoods east of Nogales Highway, South Tucson, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Arivaca and Santa Cruz County.