OPINION: "I hope to add my name to the list of strong women who have represented our community in Washington, from Gabrielle Giffords to Ann Kirkpatrick. Regardless of the outcome of my race, I’m proud of the campaign I’ve run and grateful for the opportunity to participate in our democracy," writes Kirsten Engel, the Democratic candidate in Congressional District 6.
OPINION: "Solar should be the centerpiece of our energy system complemented by battery storage and wind, with existing nuclear and natural gas filling in gaps as storage technologies develop," write Sandra Kennedy and Lauren Kuby, candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission.
OPINION: "This election is a mandate to continue the amazing work of revolutionizing PCC or stop it with no plan or vision for the future," writes Demion Clinco, a candidate for the District 2 seat on the Pima Community College Governing Board.
OPINION: "As a parent and teacher, I know the best way to address discord is to listen first and establish trust. As a neighborhood leader, I know how to work through differences by treating people with dignity and respect. As a mathematics teacher, I always taught my students that there is more than one way to solve problems," writes Theresa Riel, a candidate for the District 2 seat on the Pima Community College Governing Board.
OPINION: "To glibly cast aside SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) as the bogeyman of the 'woke left' is uninformed and, more importantly, will deprive students of the opportunity to learn, develop, and practice skills they will need throughout their adult lives," writes Gina Mehmert, a candidate for the Catalina Foothills School District Governing Board.
OPINION: "Kevin and Nick will protect Arizonans by standing up against failed California-style policies that have de-stabilized their electric grid, driven up their utility costs, and resulted in rolling blackouts," write Kevin Thompson and Nick Myers, candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission.
OPINION: "While it is important to take on cutting edge programs for an institution, “Best Practices” would dictate a thorough analysis of the costs of a new program versus the proven effectiveness of that new program. After all, these are taxpayer funds we are dealing with," writes Nick Pierson, candidate for the Pima Community College Governing Board.
In light of the upcoming elections in November, the Star invited candidates from Southern Arizona to write guest opinions about issues they th…
OPINION: "Voters should be wary of board candidates who are willing to exploit parents’ natural inclination to worry about their children by misrepresenting facts in order to gin up hysteria so they can claim to have a solution to a problem that doesn’t actually exist," writes Amy Bhola, a member of the Catalina Foothills School District Governing Board who is running for re-election in November.
OPINION: "Now, as I travel around Arizona, meeting with people in diners and coffee shops, I am struck by how often I hear the same thing – we are dangerously close to losing our democracy," writes Adrian Fontes, candidate for Arizona secretary of state.
OPINION: "Nature, economics and fairness all argue in favor of the Biden administration acting quickly to provide at least the framework of an equitable plan requiring the states and Mexico collectively reduce 2-4 million acre-feet from their Colorado River diversions. The river can’t wait, and nor can we in Arizona," writes Kirsten Engel, a candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District.
Brian Radford, one of the Democratic candidates for the state House in Legislative District 17, answers questions about a variety of issues fr…
Mike Nickerson, the Democratic candidate for state Senate in Legislative District 17, answers questions about a variety of issues from the Ari…
OPINION: "This housing crisis has combined with gentrification to wreak havoc on housing affordability and all the human suffering that goes with it. Lower-income communities get hurt first and worst. Huge rent increases have led to many more people living undignified lives on the streets of Tucson and South Tucson," writes Brian Flagg, a candidate for South Tucson City Council.
OPINION: "As your state senator, I will make sure that these decisions are made by pregnant women and their doctors, not by legislators, many of whom will never be faced with having to make this heart-wrenching choice about their own bodies," writes Michael Nickerson, a candidate for state Senate in Legislative District 17.
OPINION: "Although the regional water supply situation has improved in recent years, the future is not rosy with Colorado River water shortages, groundwater contamination issues and there is still the 1.8 million acre-feet deficit from past over pumping," writes Mark Johnson, candidate for Marana Town Council.
OPINION: "I share the voters’ concerns, for I was recently pregnant. I had my second child almost four months ago, and watched with concern–bordering on panic–as our state Legislature passed laws during my pregnancy impacting the health care I could receive," writes Priya Sundareshan, candidate for Arizona Senate in Legislative District 18.
OPINION: "Losses of this scale always hit financially marginalized Americans the hardest, and the fallout from the Durbin Amendment was no exception," writes Consuelo Hernandez, candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in LD 21.
OPINION: "Looking back, what the Army was doing with all this training was building a culture of respect for these weapons that is built from an understanding of the power they hold and the responsibility that comes with having access that power. That culture of respect is supported by policies," writes Morgan Abraham, a state representative from Tucson and a candidate for the Arizona Senate in Legislative District 18.
OPINION: "What I witnessed during the pandemic was alarming. Our people were evicted from their homes and there were no decent alternatives, no way to re-establish family stability, no way to help the family’s mental health after being uprooted," writes Roxanna Valenzuela, candidate for South Tucson City Council.
OPINION: "Contrary to our shared public values, the gun lobby stomps its feet like spoiled brats while our children are forced to grow up too quickly; participating in active shooter drills and learning how to apply tourniquets to their classmates and teachers," writes Dana Allmond, a Democratic candidate for the Arizona State House of Representatives in Legislative District 17.
OPINION: "With the current budget surplus, Arizona has the opportunity to radically invest in the future without raising a single dime in new taxes. Let’s not waste this opportunity," writes Nathan Davis, a Democratic candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 18.
OPINION: "Our elections are secure. But at the state Legislature, the Big Lie of election fraud persists. We can ask Gov. Ducey to veto these bills, but he has not yet rejected a voter suppression bill sent to him. Make no mistake - we need a new Legislature with a Democratic majority if we are going to escape this whirlpool of lies," writes Priya Sundareshan, candidate for the Arizona Senate in LD 18.
OPINION: "As we explore the ruins of this place, I look at the boarded up windows, and imagine Rachel looking out at the street. Maybe holding my mother. I picture that winter, when she would hold her baby for the last time," writes Kat Stratford, a Tucsonan running to be a state representative.