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Where Do Your Legislative Candidates Stand on Issues Affecting Conditions for Kids?

July 15, 2016

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(Phoenix, AZ) – The primary election is mere weeks away, and with 174 candidates vying for 90 seats in the Arizona legislature, it can be difficult for voters to decide for whom to cast their ballots, particularly if they don’t know much about candidates’ positions.

Every election cycle, Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) composes a questionnaire focused on children’s issues, asking legislative candidates to fill in and return the survey. The unaltered results are then made available to the public. As CAA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on fighting for better conditions for Arizona kids, we do not endorse candidates for office.

The multiple choice survey is shorter and more concise than in the past to enable as many candidates as possible to submit their responses. It asks office seekers their positions on funding for education, as well as how they plan to support economic growth for Arizona families. Candidates are also given an opportunity to comment and explain their answers further and/or discuss new ideas to solve Arizona’s challenges.

“You the voters have the power to make children’s issues a priority, giving kids a top-notch education and protecting them from abuse and neglect,” said CAA president and CEO Dana Wolfe Naimark. “Every seat in the legislature – 30 in the senate and all 60 seats in the house of representatives – are up for election. The people we elect to those positions make decisions that will have a huge impact on children’s lives and the future of Arizona; those decisions can either make it easier for children to reach their dreams or stack the odds against their success.”

Thus far, all respondents (58 to date) have indicated a desire to build a strong and educated workforce by devoting resources to education and family support. Most (88%) have said they support investing in better infrastructure, including water supply and roads. Nearly all responded they want more prevention services to cut back on the number of foster care cases. Additionally, most said they want a moratorium on tax cuts and want to work on a tax system that is fairer to middle- and lower-income families.

While candidates were asked to return the five question survey by July 11th, responses are still coming in daily, and will continue to be uploaded to CAA’s website until the last week of August. Candidates who take the time to respond will have their completed surveys available in full, which voters can view online or download.

The full questionnaire is also posted online for voters to evaluate the answers and choose which candidates to support.