Secular AZ 2018 Legislative Voter Guide

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Background

Candidates running for Arizona State Senate and State House of Representatives  received the Secular Coalition for Arizona “Candidate Questionnaire.”

The questionnaire consisted of twelve (12) policy positions addressing subjects important to the secular constituency in Arizona:

1) Public tax dollars should not be used to fund private religious education, either directly through tax credit scholarships or indirectly through Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.

2) Government should not endorse or legitimize religious medical practice including faith-based healing, religious vaccination exemptions, or by allowing physical abuse of children for religious reasons.

3) Terminally ill, mentally capable persons with a prognosis of 6 months or less to live should have the right to obtain a prescription for that brings about a peaceful death.

4) Public schools should not teach “creationism” or “intelligent design” as viable alternatives to scientific theories on the origin of life.

5) Religious institutions should not be exempt from the requirements and restrictions of tax policy that is imposed on all non-profit and charitable organizations.

6) If a government meeting is opened with a prayer, it should be open and inclusive for representatives of all religious beliefs, including unpopular minority religions and people with no official beliefs or creed.

7) A statewide non-discrimination law is needed to protect all Arizonans from employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

8) A woman has a right to know if her health provider will refuse certain services, treatments, prescriptions, or withhold scientific information and options based on the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

9) Comprehensive and age-appropriate sex education is a matter of public health and should be offered in public schools with parents having the right to opt-out.

10) Public employees deserve a workplace free from religious proselytizing and pressure by agency heads or other persons in authority.

11) No one’s right to government services or public accommodations should ever depend on passing the scrutiny of someone else’s religious belief.

12) “God Enriches” is neither the accurate historical usage of “Ditat Deus” nor our official state motto.

For each question, candidates were asked to measure their support for these positions on a scale of 1-10.

A score of 10 meant “Strongly Agree” and 1 meant “Strongly Disagree.”

Responses

The below matrix, sorted by candidate name A-Z, tabulates questionnaire responses received as of September 30th, 2018.

Scores in green indicate that the candidate agrees with Secular AZ’s position on the issue. Scores in red indicate disagreement.

Atchue, Ralph (D) 11 Senate 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Yes
Andrade, Richard (D) 29 House 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 No
Brown, Elizabeth (D) 12 Senate 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 No
Cano, Andres (D) 3 House 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 No
Carmitchel, Benjamin (D) 16 Senate 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 3 10 10 5 Yes
Dalessandro, Andrea (D) 2 Senate 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 No
Dybvig-Pawelko, Kristin (D) 15 Senate 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 No
Fillmore, John (R) 16 House 10 10 1 10 10 10 1 10 1 10 10 1 No
Gabaldon, Rosanna (D) 2 House 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 No
Girard, Sharon (D) 8 Senate 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 No
Gross, Linda (D) 8 House 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Yes
Gunnigle, Julie (D) 15 House 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 n/a Yes
Jermaine, Jennifer (D) 18 House 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Yes
Kurland, Eric (D) 23 House 10 10 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 No
Mealer, JL (R) 7 Senate 1 9 7 1 1 10 10 10 9 10 10 1 Yes
Mendez, Juan (D) 26 Senate 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 No
Morgaine, J’aime (D) 5 Senate 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Yes
Powers Hannley, Pam (D) 9 House 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Yes
Rios, Rebecca (D) 27 Senate 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 No
Robinson, Linsey (D) 12 House 10 10 10 10 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 n/a Yes
Robinson, Mary McCord (D) 5 House 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Yes
Samuels, Jennifer (D) 15 House 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 6 No
Steele, Victoria (D) 9 Senate 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Yes

Evaluating Incumbents Who Did Not Respond

Not all candidates returned a “Candidate Questionnaire.”

However, incumbent candidates can be evaluated by reviewing their voting history on our Legislative Scorecards from past legislative sessions:

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