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Benjamin "Ben" Carmitchel
State Senator - District 16
Democratic
https://benforarizona.com/
I'm a father of three, a business owner, and a certified teacher. Both of my parents were educators, and I've seen the public education system at its best. Unfortunately, I've also seen it at its worst here in Arizona. As your state senator, my top priority will be improving Arizona schools through better funding, fair pay for teachers, and a more equitable approach to funding distribution for all expenses. I aim to listen to the concerns of the people from my district and vote in everyone's interest, not necessarily along party lines. There are many local problems in our district that need immediate attention and I intend to bring these issues to the legislature. Arizona has some of the nation's most precious and fragile natural landscapes. We must work to keep these areas clean and free from commercial uses such as oil drilling and other devastating actions. Clean energy is essential in keeping our environment livable for future generations. When elected, I will introduce legislation protecting Arizonans who use clean energy technologies to reduce their footprint. We need to incentivize these technologies now and take advantage of solar and wind energy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

David Christian Farnsworth
State Senator - District 16
Republican
I believe the constitution of the United States is an inspired document. Our founders understood the proper role of government. The number one responsibility of government is to protect the rights of the people. We need less government, lower taxes and more personal responsibility. I am pro-life and pro second amendment. Government on all levels needs to be more transparent. We should find areas of waste and fraud in government and eliminate them. I believe in school choice. There is nothing more important than educating our young people. The most important thing we can do for our economy is to reduce regulation. David Farnsworth candidate for reelection state senator district 16.

Michael Hernandez
State Senator - District 16
Republican
https://www.bigmikeazsenate.com/
Mike Hernandez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and is the youngest of four children. His father is a retired Army Warrant Officer that served bravely in both the Korea and Vietnam conflicts. His early career was spent in retail sales, where he earned several awards for his achievements. Continuing in retail, Mike moved into retail management where his passion for training and development led to a very successful career with two different Fortune 100 companies. In 2008 while working for one of those companies, he was relocated to the Arizona to Grand Open a location there. During that time, he mentored several other successful managers and established a strong commitment to helping others. In 2013 in search of new challenges, he started his journey into Real Estate. With a lot of hard work, he now leads a team that is on track to sell over 12 million in residential real estate in 2018. With a friendly and warm personality, Mike has developed a passion for people and is hoping to make their lives better. He will be a natural fit to represent the people of District 16.

John Fillmore
State Representative - District 16
Republican
I am a veteran, small businessman, and successful entrepreneur. I know how difficult it is to find a good job, make payroll and provide health insurance. I know the headaches of meeting budgets, the importance of an educated workforce, the problems of illicit drug dependency and the significance of our children's dreams to our society's future. I feel your problems and concerns just as you do. Our people are divided and our leaders seem clueless as to why. District 16 needs a STRONG CONSERVATIVE voice and representation. I support securing our borders knowing that amnesty is not the answer. Arizona must stop spending our limited resources providing health and education benefits to illegal immigrants. Our country is leaning towards socialism and political correctness is killing us. That is not good. Our teachers just received a 20% raise without any accountability for the failing AZ Merit/AIMS test scores Our Colleges are bankrupting our children before they even get into the workforce. Arizona must work smarter and closer with the local communities to promote growth, education and opportunity. I am asking for your vote to be your voice for a more responsible common sense Government. Please, VOTE JOHN FILLMORE Thank you.

Lisa Godzich
State Representative - District 16
Republican
https://lisagodzich.com/
Arizona needs another strong conservative voice at our Capitol to defend our values, our families, and our Constitution! We have an open seat and need to elect someone to limit the size of government, boost our economy, continue improving our schools, cut taxes/regulations, and return government to its proper limited role. I'm a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, I'm pro-life, pro-family, and pro-school choice. I proudly stood with Donald Trump at his first Arizona rally and agree that secure borders means "Build That Wall!" As a Respiratory Therapist I know government creates more far problems in healthcare than it solves. I remain committed to a repeal of ObamaCare and attacking the Opioid Crisis that affects our seniors and our youth. Veterans need to get the respect and top-class healthcare they deserve; I am honored to serve on Congressman Andy Biggs' Veterans Affairs Committee. It's campaign season, so every Republican claims they're fire-breathing conservatives, but we've seen how they get elected and turn into spineless jellyfish. People asked me to run because they know my work in the party and on issues; I have the values AND backbone to do the job. I ask for your vote!

Stephen Kridler
State Representative - District 16
Republican
http://www.electstephenkridler2018.com
I have been in public service most of my adult life. I held leadership roles in both the USAF and Apache Junction PD. During my 20+ years in Law Enforcement, I was involved in the resolution of many issues; developing the skill sets of listening, asking questions for clarity, and negotiating resolutions. I look at all sides of an issue to decide the best course of action for all concerned. I approach situations with an open mind, researching each issue to determine fact versus emotional response, so that a reasonable and workable solution is found. My ability to negotiate and make sound decisions in hostile environments has served me well through the years as I worked to resolve many difficult and volatile situations. This same negotiation ability, has provided me a strong base for working through police policy amendments and revisions and negotiating pay raises. I have lived my life in service for others. I have served my country in the United States Air Force. I have served the citizens of my city as a police officer. I have represented and still serve my fellow police officers. So I ask - HOW MAY I SERVE YOU?

Tara Phelps
State Representative - District 16
Republican
http://www.taraphelpsforarizona.com
I have lived in the East Valley all my life and was raised with conservative family values. Those values will guide my path as a legislator. I believe in the sanctity of life and protecting the lives of all citizens, both born and unborn. As a mother of five school-aged children, I am invested in education and school choice in AZ. I believe in our 2nd Amendment rights as a country and the right of our citizens to keep and bear arms and will proudly fight for those rights. I will support the Arizona economy through legislation that encourages a free market, growth, fiscal responsibility, and growing, attracting, and retaining a skilled workforce so that our local and small businesses can continue to thrive. I will work to limit government intrusions on families and businesses. I will fight for border security for our safety and the security of our state. I feel strongly in favor of accountability for EVERY tax dollar spent. I commit to holding open and respectful dialogue with constituents, fellow legislators, local government, and the public. I will be proud to represent families living in LD16 and I hope you will be proud to vote for me!

Sharon Stinard
State Representative - District 16
Democratic
https://www.stinardforhouse.com/
Legislative decisions are responsible for the future of Arizona. Reckless tax cutting every year only pushes the cost of government down to the local level and creates a greater burden on middle and low-income households. If elected I want to work on taxation policies that will ensure sufficient resources are available for our state's public services, infrastructure and public schools. Arizona's investment in the success of every child is vital to our state's economy. We must build and maintain an educated workforce that can step into living-wage jobs created by companies that will expand or relocate to Arizona. As your legislator I want to protect our natural resources including access to our state's rightful share of water and renewable energy. I want to support legislation that will ensure that health care is affordable and available to all Arizonans. I am a retired K-12 educator and community college counselor. I have held leadership positions in multiple community organizations including board chair of the first integrated health organization in Arizona and have first-hand experience in building coalitions. I understand that cooperative relationships across the political aisle are critical in creating common-sense solutions to the challenges that face Arizona.

Kelly Townsend
State Representative - District 16
Republican
http://www.electkellytownsend.com/home.html
I'm very humbled that you have allowed me to represent you and I want you to know that I work hard on your behalf. This last term I was elected Majority Whip by my fellow Representatives and was honored to give our district a seat at the leadership table. I continue to vote for balanced budgets and policies to protect and create jobs, strengthen education, increase classroom funding and teacher pay, and find creative funding streams that bolster our economy while cutting taxes. I've protected your 2nd Amendment rights, defended the Constitution, protected the unborn, fought for border security, advocated for veteran's rights, fought Federal overreach, protected family values, cleaned up the Department of Child Safety, and more. I helped lead the effort to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, I've won the Friend of the Family and Hero of the Taxpayer awards, fought to block ObamaCare, and opposed Common Core in favor of high education standards that come from Arizona parents and teachers. I want a smaller and more responsive government, greater liberty, a fiscally responsible state, a strong economy, respect for the rule of law, and stronger families. If you agree, I ask for your vote. Thank you!

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