Manny Arreguin

Manny  Arreguin

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  • NameManny Arreguin
  • Party Affiliationdemocrat

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Office: U.S. House of Representatives, District 3
Party: Democrat
Age: 50
Employer and position: physician at El Rio/chief of staff-elect at Tucson Medical Center
Education: bachelor's degree in psychobiology and M.D. from UCLA
Political experience: none
Top priority: Reform the health-care system, secure the border and reform immigration, support job growth

How would you use your position as an elected official to help create jobs in Southern Arizona?

Our number one priority will be to protect and create jobs for our community. Our Jobs Creation and Preservation Plan outlines how we will put families back to work.

1) Preserve Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, Marine Corps Air Station and Yuma Proving Ground. Our military installations are woven into the fabric of our district and their continued presence is critical to our long-term economic vitality. I pledge to work hard to protect our military bases from the forthcoming BRAC cuts.

2) Increase Government Research Grants for The University of Arizona.  Research done at the University of Arizona will lead to a myriad of business opportunities meaning good, well-paying jobs. I pledge to pursue Government Research Grant opportunities with all the resources available to me as a US Congressman.

3) Increase Support for Workforce Improvement Programs. Support and expand successful Community Colleges and local government programs to train our local workforce to obtain the skills required to operate emerging technologies. I pledge to expand these work force training programs so that innovative, cutting-edge industries will want to re-locate here and use our skilled workers to advance their business goals.

4) Support Entrepreneurs. I will support and expand those programs to empower entrepreneurs to create small businesses that in turn will create hundreds of jobs for our friends, family members, and neighbors. We can shop and conduct business right at home, with those businesses based in our district, owned and operated by people in our communities. I pledge to pursue programs that will enable those aspiring business owners to get started and furthermore, stay in business. I am especially committed to addressing the high unemployment rate for those living on our Native American reservations – I intend to make a difference for our neighbors on their Native lands.

5) Support Small businesses. I will support local small businesses by requiring all federal agencies to purchase goods and services from the local small businesses. This will enable small businesses and local governments to benefit directly from commercial transactions resulting in maintaining federal agencies in their communities.

6) Never Put Politics over People. I pledge to the families who rely on Tourism and other Southern Arizona Industries: I will not sacrifice your jobs and your family’s security by calling for an economic boycott.

Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCS be broadened to make more people eligible?

The simple answer is yes. As a physician, I have seen first hand the importance of preventive and primary care.  Unfortunately, the reality is that currently even if the federal government expanded Medicaid and AHCCS, our current seasoned politicians are not willing to work across party lines to get the legislature and the Governor to partner with the federal government to make this expansion a reality for working class families. What is needed is elected officials who are trained to be problem solvers and not politicians.  As a physician, I am trained to solve problems and find workable solutions to ensure a successful outcome.

If you were in a position to vote on SB1070 would you be have voted for or against it?

I would have voted against SB1070 for a number of reasons.  Primarily, I oppose this legislation because I believe it to be discriminatory and designed to target many of the families I have been serving for over 20 years. Secondly, this debate has been so destructive to our economy and when our economy struggles, families suffer.

In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education?

This question is based on a false choice that is all to often presented to voters.  The truth is what we need to focus on is creating a strong economy in Arizona that creates and protects jobs. A strong economy creates jobs and generates the tax revenues that can be used to pay for better schools, safer streets, better roads, and enhance our community’s quality of life.

Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay?

Our local leaders must understand that when they refuse to take positions on important issues like the F-35 and the future of the Davis Monthan Air Force Base, they are telling the business community that they are not interested in building a strong economy. This reputation hinders attempts to recruit high paying industries to our region. Business leaders want to know that they are going to have a partner in their local elected officials. Unfortunately, the often times angry rhetoric that surrounds the Rosemont Mine debate is harmful to our overall ability to build a strong diversified economy that will support all families in Southern Arizona.

What is the most important issue in your race?

Creating jobs in Southern Arizona is the most important issue in our race. The current leadership has put nearly 10,000 jobs at risk and that is unacceptable.  If we are to build better schools, better roads, and a safer community, then we need an economy that is strong and vibrant.

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Race District Election Year Election Level Election Type Win
CD 3 Democratic primary Arizona 3rd Congressional District 2012 National Primary

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