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Ajlan "A.J." Kurdoglu
State Senator - District 17
Democratic
http://voteforaj.com
As a first-generation American, I have an immense love for our country. I cherish the freedoms, opportunities, and quality of life our great country and Arizona offers. After attending graduate school at ASU, I started a small business in Chandler and I know that small businesses are the backbone of our economy. I'm going to use my community and business experience to help reduce red tape for local businesses and create quality, good-paying jobs that strengthen our communities. A vibrant economy is essential for our bright future. The love of my life is a teacher in public schools. I know how hard teachers work, using their own time and money. Our kids, our teachers deserve our utmost attention and respect. We need to fund our schools sufficiently and must pay our teachers well. As an Arizonan, I believe all of us should have access to a great education, to a great healthcare system, and to thriving communities. Living in Chandler, owning my own small business, and now running for office--this is my American dream. I am excited, motivated, and ready to work for you. I would be honored to have your vote for the State Senate.

J.D. Mesnard
State Senator - District 17
Republican
http://JDMesnard.com
As your legislator I’ve written laws that helped create jobs, supported our small businesses by cutting bureaucratic red tape, protected health coverage for Arizonans with preexisting conditions, directed more money into our kids’ classrooms, created the Teacher Academy at our universities, helped employees get wages rightfully owed, protected survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, confronted the opioid epidemic, shielded seniors from financial exploitation, promoted veteran-friendly college campuses, and increased savings for the state’s rainy-day fund (proving crucial during this pandemic). For these accomplishments I’ve won Guardian of Small Business, Champion of the Taxpayer, Friend of the Family, Open Government Leader awards and more. I even had the honor of being elected Arizona Speaker of the House, where I crafted fiscally responsible budgets and personally sponsored the largest education investment in state history, dramatically boosting teacher pay 20%. Now we face historic health and economic challenges that require someone with the right experience and a track record of success to navigate. That’s why I need your vote. Let me continue using my diverse background, which includes husband (to a registered nurse), father, professor and small business owner, with master's degrees in business and public administration, to keep delivering you results.

Liz Harris
State Representative - District 17
Republican
http://VoteLizHarris.com
Arizona’s an amazing state but the things that make us successful are under attack. Jennifer Pawlik ran as an independent but voted in lockstep with Democratic leadership AGAINST higher education funding, AGAINST higher teacher pay, and AGAINST the policies that make Arizona one of America's strongest state economies. Why elect Jeff Weninger to vote for good bills and Pawlik to go and cancel his vote out? I'll work with Jeff to protect school choice, teacher pay increases, and strong K-12 support. I'll advocate for secure borders, enforcement of our laws, and safe neighborhoods. I’ll focus on safely and fully reopening our economy, attracting jobs, and opposing Democrat efforts to defund our police. And I’ll protect your 2nd Amendment right to protect your family. As a servant leader for the last several decades, I’m committed to you and I’ll work tirelessly to get the job done! I'm a wife and mother, blessed with three great kids. I've worked in real estate for the last 15 years and served in a variety of community and industry positions. I ask for your vote so I can get to work with Jeff Weninger and do all I can for Arizona and our district!

Jennifer Pawlik
State Representative - District 17
Democratic
http://jenniferpawlik.com
Representative Jennifer Pawlik is running for re-election to be a voice for LD17. She is committed to listening to the concerns of the community, to understand their views and priorities. She believes that every person in the state should have access to a well-funded education. Jennifer supports high-quality early childhood education, funding career and technical programs, and making college affordable. These are all things to build a well-prepared workforce to attract and retain businesses to Arizona and boost the economy. Arizonans should have access to affordable, quality healthcare and mental health services. No one should have to choose between healthcare, food, and shelter. Arizona's children deserve to learn in a safe environment that can be created through respectful discussions about guns and school safety. She does not want to take guns away from law-abiding citizens who use them for hunting, recreation or protecting their families. Jennifer does, however, believe in the need to require background checks and promote responsible ownership. She supports equal rights and non-discrimination acts that protect diverse communities. Representative Jennifer Pawlik is committed to working every day - with members of both parties - to tackle the issues that will ensure a brighter future for Arizona's families.

Jeff Weninger
State Representative - District 17
Republican
https://jeffweninger.com
Representing District 17, Jeff Weninger serves Gilbert, Sun Lakes and Chandler, where he lives with his wife, Janet, and their children. Jeff is an entrepreneur with multiple successful small businesses that he has owned and operated for over 20 years. He has employed hundreds of Arizonans, fed thousands, and contributed to the local economy. Jeff and his wife volunteer with charities benefiting children in crisis and young adults who have aged out of foster care. As Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Jeff has demonstrated his knowledge of issues facing small businesses and his ability to lead on critical issues, including regulatory reform, the creation of a business-friendly economy, access to capital for small businesses, and investment in our education system. He knows that businesses need a 21st century workforce and that strong schools are essential to fulfilling that need. Jeff has championed critical legislation that encourages innovation, technology and growth. His goal is to eliminate overbearing regulations against small businesses to establish a common sense regulatory environment. Jeff takes the skillset and ingenuity he developed as an entrepreneur to the legislature each day.

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