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#LD9 Voters – Can’t Decide How to Vote? Watch the Debate (video)

Randy Friese, Pamela Powers Hannley, Ana Henderson

The Arizona Clean Elections Commission recently hosted a debate between the three candidates vying for two seats in the Arizona House: Democrats Rep. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley (me) and Tea Party Republican Ana Henderson.

This debate was the first candidate forum that Henderson participated in with the two Democrats, and it’s likely the last. With 75 or more people from both parties, the debate was well-attended. The audience submitted many great questions. Some questions are asked of all candidates– like education funding, climate change, Prop 205 (marijuana legalization), and Prop 206 (raising the minimum wage).

Below is the video.

If you want to skip through the topics, here’s a list of the high points.

All candidates answered the first five questions.

7:10 – Most important issue for LD9.

12:22 – Prop 205 (marijuana legalization).

18:45 – Climate change.

25:27 – Prop 206 (raising minimum wage).

32:44 – This is where candidates begin answering individual questions posed by the audience.

33:18 – Public banking explained in 1 minute.

35:28 – Henderson voices her support for Donald Trump for president and makes excuses for his “locker room talk.”

38:58 – Henderson answers a follow-up about her support for Trump– given what he has said about women.

37:57 – Corporate tax cuts. (This topics comes up repeatedly throughout the debate.)

40:43 – Planned Parenthood funding.

41:57 – Guns as a public health issue.

43:00 – Local control. (Should states have the right to overturn local laws? Henderson says businesses should decide.)

45:37 – Teacher flight from Arizona.

46:54 – School vouchers.

48:04 – Fixing “Obamacare”. (I was glad I got this one!)

51:59 – Homelessness.

54:12 – Closing statements – including 2 takes on “small government”.

LD9 is not a Tea Party district. Ana Henderson is clearly a Tea Party candidate. She is taking her marching orders from ultra-conservative Phoenix-based consultant– Constantin Querard of Grassroots Consulting LLC. His website says that he works for “‘platform Republican[s]’ with uncompromising beliefs in the sanctity of life, pro-family issues, low taxes and the right to keep and bear arms…” He only accepts clients who are rubber-stamped by anti-abortion, anti-gay lobbyist Cathi Herrod.

Hold the line, LD9! #StopTheTeaParty

#AnaHenderson is #TooExtremeForTucson

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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