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Sean Bowie
State Senator - District 18
Democratic
http://www.seanbowieforaz.com/
I have had the privilege of representing District 18 in the state senate these past two years. In that time, I've worked to restore education funding, support our small businesses, and bring some bipartisanship back to the state capitol, and I have the record to prove it. On education, I voted yes earlier this year to give our hard working teachers and educators a raise. This was a good first step, and more work is needed to continue our investment in our schools in future years. As a product of our local public schools, supporting education will always be my number one priority. On supporting the business community, I've voted to reduce regulations, expand access to credit for small business owners, and protect businesses from frivolous lawsuits. I've also worked across the aisle, and voted with both Democrats and Republicans on bills important to our community. I was named the most bipartisan member of the state senate last year, and always put our community first when voting on bills. It's the same approach that I will continue to take me with if I am fortunate enough to continue representing our community for another two year term.

Frank Schmuck
State Senator - District 18
Republican
http://www.FrankSchmuck.com
I'm running because I care about you and want to build a better future for all of us! I've spent a lifetime helping people all over the world, including right here in Arizona. Whether it was rescuing an infant from a remote pacific island and rushing her to the United States for open-heart surgery or delivering food to starving people in Somalia, I have dedicated my life to caring for and protecting others. I care about education, and brought the Southwest Airlines Adopt-A-Pilot program to the Kyrene School District, reducing teacher workload. I also personally founded a Dollars for Scholars chapter here locally, reducing the cost of college education for hundreds of public high school students in our community. Others talk about the things they believe in, I do them. I am bilingual and son of an immigrant who watched his mother become a naturalized citizen. Connie and I have two wonderful daughters in public-school-scholar athletes-and we couldn't be prouder parents. Others will tell you what they believe, I can only say: this is who I am. I care about you. Education, healthcare and your safety are my priorities, and I humbly ask for your vote.

Denise "Mitzi" Epstein
State Representative - District 18
Democratic
https://www.mitziepstein.com/
As your State Representative, I listen to our community and work collaboratively to solve problems. When parents in our community asked me to help them to prevent youth suicide, I convened a statewide stakeholder group to develop solutions. Chief among those solutions was the addition of a Suicide Prevention Coordinator in AHCCCS, Arizona's mental health agency. By building awareness across the state and respectful relationships in the legislature, we got that done. Further, AHCCCS is elevating the position to report to the Chief Medical Officer, and will continue to work with our group. Today's economy is good, but wages need to be better. In the legislature, I fight against policies that artificially push wages down. As a computer systems analyst, I've worked for large corporations, and I own a small business. I have applied that business experience to remove business regulations that were outdated, while fighting hard for protections for consumers. Fully funding our children's education is the most important issue in this election. Today's children deserve what my children had in school ten years ago. Teachers and all educators need a meaningful raise, but also we need safe buildings, more counselors, and learning materials that prepare students well.

Don Hawker
State Representative - District 18
Republican
Arizona, our nation, and civilization are jeopardized by the "principles" of the Democrat party. It chagrins me that many fellow Catholics ignore the conditions their church specifies for salvation by supporting and enabling that party's immoral positions. Some of us Republican committeemen, who work to get Republicans elected, wonder what it is all for. We watched in dismay as our party, which came into being over one issue--slavery, funded our generation's humanity-denying holocaust perpetrators--"Planned" "Parenthood"--with a half billion dollars--half their annual revenue. We endure ILLEGAL immigration, federal excursions from constitutional activity that exacerbate mushrooming debt (which projects typically have to be realized with state cooperation) and many other issues, watching Republican controlled legislatures counteract their own purported values. Help me: "* Define and defend all human life. "* Refuse to vote for any bill which has ANYTHING unacceptable in it, whether to get votes in trade or to get whatever is good in the bill. "* Resist law being used to force the public to respect or fund unscientific fantasy, e.g. transgenderism. "* Boycott strike-everything bills. "* Stop unconstitutional, immoral or cost-ineffective federal programs from being implemented in Arizona. "* Support amendment forbidding National Popular Vote.

Jennifer Jermaine
State Representative - District 18
Democratic
http://www.jermaine4house.com
I have a Master's in Public Administration from ASU and I decided early on that my calling is to work for positive change in the public sector. My focus is on restoring education funding, protecting our civil rights, and honoring our shared values. I pledge to listen and respond to your concerns, and work across the aisle to achieve meaningful progress on issues that matter in our daily lives. All Arizonans deserve to have the same opportunities to succeed that were available to me. I decided to run because our state should be a place of safety, opportunity, and prosperity for all.

Jill Norgaard
State Representative - District 18
Republican
http://www.jillnorgaard.com
It has been my honor and privilege to represent District 18 as your State Representative for the past four years. My career experiences, Masters in Business Administration and Engineering Degrees have greatly prepared me for the challenges of sponsoring productive legislation. The focus of the bills I have sponsored have been on: reducing regulatory business burdens, protecting schools from state overreach, tax reform, and restoration of Career Technical Education District funding. My bills have received bi-partisan support. My community outreach efforts have included: initiating the first "Take Your Teacher to the Legislature Day"; securing a statewide suicide prevention coordinator; fraud squad for technical crimes; planning ADOT open houses during the 202 freeway construction; volunteer teaching in our district schools and the launching the first pre-school pilot program for students with dyslexia. I have enjoyed meeting and listening to constituents while visiting over 40 of our local schools and businesses. Your continued and generous support is greatly appreciated. My husband of 33 years and our three adult children are my biggest fans and greatest accomplishments. While seeking re-election to the AZ House, it is my sincere hope to earn your trust and your vote so that I may continue representing you.

Greg Patterson
State Representative - District 18
Republican
I bring an extensive background of public service to this race. I served in the AZ House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995. I am a CPA and served on the Appropriations Committee. I chaired the Banking & Insurance Committee as well as the Government Operations Committee. After my second term, Gov. Symington appointed me to be the Director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office. In 1999, Senate President Brenda Burns hired me as her Chief of Staff. In 2001, I moved to private practice and in 2006--at the age of 43--fulfilled a lifelong dream by going to ASU Law School. In 2008, I was elected to serve on the Board of the Maricopa Integrated Healthcare System. In 2012, Jan Brewer appointed me to the Arizona Board of Regents. I served 5 years as a Regent--the last year as Chairman. I have worked to protect consumers, increase access to healthcare and support higher education. Those issues will remain my priority if the people of District 18 choose me to be their State Representative.

Farhana Shifa
State Representative - District 18
Republican
https://shifaaz.com/
We (my husband and two children) have lived in Chandler for the last 12 years, and I'm a small business owner and educator with a Master's Degree in Mass Communication. Farhana Shifa isn't a name you usually associate with the GOP, but spend time with the Shifas and you'll see why we're Republicans! I was born in Bangladesh and was studying in London when I met my future husband Ralph, a US Navy sailor. Those of us who come (legally!) from somewhere else are especially aware of the miracles that are the United States, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. It's why I fight so hard to protect them and to spread the message of freedom and opportunity. So of course I registered Republican. I've been involved for years and even served as head of the AZGOP's Minority Outreach Programs that took our party's message of opportunity for all throughout Arizona. As your State Representative I will fight for lower taxes, strong schools, less regulation, a pro-jobs environment, secure borders (that means a wall!), the sanctity of life, and balanced budgets. I will also work to inspire other minorities to join our party. I ask for your vote!

LaDawn Stuben
State Representative - District 18
Democratic
http://www.ladawnstuben.com/
As a passionate progressive activist in the Valley, you can often find me in the streets advocating for public education, Medicare for All, a living wage, environmental protection, and racial justice. For too long our State Legislature has served the interests of corporations over everyday Arizonans. This is the year we change that. I love Arizona. As a working-class mom and activist, I'd be honored to represent my district. I want to listen to and work with you to make sure the legislation passed in the State House benefits the people of LD18, not special interests, which is why I'm running as a Clean Elections Candidate and will never accept corporate donations of any kind. Let's do some good together!

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