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Candidates Weigh in on Kids’ Issues

Posted August 1, 2014 to Blog, Elections, enews | Comments (0)

emily for presidentStarting today, voters who requested a mail-in ballot will start to see them arriving in their mailboxes. Before you cast your vote, you can see where your candidates stand on issues affecting children and families by reviewing the Vote for Kids non-partisan candidate questionnaires.

Legislative and gubernatorial candidates expressed their priorities for children and families in a 10-question survey co-sponsored by Children’s Action Alliance and nineteen other community organizations dedicated to children’s health, education and security (see sponsor list).

The responses from 57 candidates from 24 legislative districts are posted, unedited, on the Children’s Action Alliance website, along with surveys and statements from five candidates running for governor. Responses came from candidates across all major parties and Legislative District 9 stands out with a 100% response rate.

When asked about reducing reports of child abuse and neglect and reducing the need for foster care, fifty-one of the responding legislative candidates expressed strong support for shifting resources to prevention strategies such as child care assistance, substance abuse treatment, and professional parent mentoring. Candidates also expressed support for a range of policies to improve reading success by third grade, including reading programs and education for parents and children together and reading programs after school and during the summer.

The survey asked candidates to name their top two priorities to improve children’s health, education or security. Restoring funding for K-12 education topped the list. Specific funding priorities mentioned include:

  • early education
  • career and technical education
  • teacher salaries
  • school safety

Candidates overwhelmingly name the new Department of Child Safety as another priority, many commenting that we must provide the oversight and resources the Department needs in order to protect children.

“It’s clear that public policies and budgets matter a lot for children and families in Arizona,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. “We’re very proud to offer voters this tool to help them find the candidates who share their priorities.”

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