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Seth Blattman
State Senator - District 23
Democratic
https://sethblattman.com
My family moved to Scottsdale when I was ten years old. I attended the University of Arizona on a scholarship, finishing with a Bachelor’s in Political Science from ASU. I worked at my father’s furniture shop while taking business courses, eventually moving to California to pursue my MBA from UCLA. THAT’S WHEN I GOT THE CALL. Like many families, our business was hit hard by the Great Recession. My family needed me to come home to help out. I took a leadership role in our business which meant making some hard choices. It turns out they were the right ones and the business is stronger today. The responsibility I felt to my family's business is the same responsibility I feel to my state. Arizona is bottom five in the nation in education spending. Career politicians face ethics investigations. This isn't what we voted for! THAT’S WHY I’M RUNNING FOR ARIZONA STATE SENATE. Because we deserve better. Because we all know we live in an amazing state and it’s time for that to be reflected in the numbers. Because we deserve a leader with vision. I'M SETH BLATTMAN, AND I WANT TO MOVE ARIZONA INTO THE BRIGHTER FUTURE IT DESERVES.

Michelle Ugenti-Rita
State Senator - District 23
Republican
http://MichelleUgenti-Rita.com
I have had the privilege of representing District 23 in the state legislature for the last ten years. Now more than ever, we need a decisive leader with a proven record of getting results and that person is me. I am asking for your support of my re-election to the state Senate. During my entire tenure I have served on the Appropriations Committee which has given me extensive experience in developing budgets when the state had a surplus and when it had a deficit. It is this experience that will prove invaluable as the legislature addresses these unprecedented times. I have also worked jointly with Governor Ducey to combat crony capitalism by eliminating unnecessary regulations of licensed professions so people can pursue economic freedom. I am proud to have the continued support of Congressman David Schweikert and several influential organizations like the National Federation of Independent Business, NRA and Americans for Prosperity. With your support I will continue to be a strong voice at the legislature to fight against out of control spending and burdensome regulations, to jump start our economy, and to defend the integrity and security of our elections. To learn more visit: MichelleUgenti-Rita.com

Joseph Chaplik
State Representative - District 23
Republican
http://josephchaplik.com
Joseph Chaplik is a successful businessman and community leader who entered politics to ensure the people of Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and Rio Verde are properly represented with common sense policies. He is an independent thinker and believes in keeping taxes low, fully funding K-12 education by adding accountability measures and supports open enrollment allowing parents the freedom to choose the education option best suited for their child. Joseph has had a successful career in telecommunications and now leads a commercial real estate company across three states. His company has received several awards including the INC 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company, Corporate Philanthropy Award, and Business Ethics Finalist Award. Joseph is involved in his local community and was instrumental in the effort to protect Scottsdale’s Gateway Preserve from city development. He supports many charitable organizations including military, law enforcement organizations, and children's foundations. Joseph believes in keeping communities safe through his involvement with the US Marshals Posse. He is also a member of the Sheriff’s Office Memorial Fund. Joseph is a resident of Scottsdale and married with two sons. He enjoys coaching their little league and youth flag football teams. Joseph is pro-life and a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church.

John Kavanagh
State Representative - District 23
Republican
http://electkavanagh.com
Before teaching at Scottsdale Community College, John taught at ASU and served 20 years as a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, retiring as a detective sergeant. John is a military veteran. Educationally, John has a BA in Liberal Arts from NYU, a Masters Degree in Government from St. John’s University (Queens, NY), and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. As a retired police officer, John has witnessed first hand the corrosive and devastating effects violent crime had upon individuals and families. He will vehemently oppose efforts to defund our police, an dangerous policy that will embolden criminals, making our streets, our homes, our families and ourselves less safe. The Humane Society of the United States has TWICE named Kavanagh “Legislator of the Year" because he is the principal author of anti-animal cruelty bills in Arizona, including the bills that allows people to break into locked overheated cars to rescue kids and animals without fear of arrest or civil lawsuit and the recent increase in the penalty for extreme cruelty to animals. John has led the fight to crack down on disruptive short-term rental that destroy the tranquility of our communities.

Eric Kurland
State Representative - District 23
Democratic
https://kurland23.com/
Eric Kurland is a retired educator with over 20 years of public service to the Scottsdale community. His commitment to all Arizonans shapes his vision for a better tomorrow. With an academic background in finance, Eric understands the importance of making smart investments in good times and bad, an insight desperately needed in our Legislature. To have a strong economy we need to create opportunities for businesses and jobs. To build a strong Arizona we need to prepare future generations with the skills to create those businesses and fill those jobs. This means investments in public education so all Arizonans can realize their full potential. It’s providing local control to county and city governments so the people closest to home can help build thriving communities. Maybe most importantly, it’s time to bring civility back into our politics. If this pandemic taught us anything, it’s that we’re all in this together and to move forward we have to look out for our neighbors and build each other up. Eric lives in Scottsdale with his wife, also a public school educator, and their son.

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