Victoria Steele

Victoria  Steele

About

  • NameVictoria Steele
  • Party Affiliationdemocrat

Details

Office: State representative, District 9

Age: 55

Employer and position: Instructor at the University of Phoenix and Prescott College, counselor in private practice

Education: Bachelor's degree in counseling psychology from Prescott College, master's degree in counseling from the University of Phoenix

Political experience: None

Top priority: Getting our economy back on track by attracting higher-paying, clean-industry jobs.

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

As a small business owner, I am very concerned about the lack of action by our current legislature to feasibly grow our state economy. As small business owner, an educator, and a counselor, I have a vested interest in helping businesses create jobs. I have professional career experiences in finding common sense solutions that work for all concerned parties.

I will reach across the aisle to all my fellow legislators to generate ideas that will help small businesses here. I will work to stop tax breaks to large corporations that send jobs out of state and overseas; to give Arizona companies the first opportunities at state and local contracts so that our tax dollars go to create jobs here; and to create incentives to bring high-paying solar and bioscience jobs here.

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

Yes, absolutely. By dropping so many members of our most vulnerable population from AHCCCS, the current Arizona legislators have created a dangerous and unnecessary financial burden on our medical care system in Arizona by increasing uncompensated care for hospitals. It is also unconscionable that so many of Arizona’s children have been locked out of the Kids Care Program, a critical preventative and basic health care service program, because of state dollars being misdirected or otherwise allocated to special interests and programs of lesser importance.

As a first step I would work to roll back the limitation on the number of children served under the current Kids Care program to previous levels, and require the state to cover the healthcare of those at and below poverty level.

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

I would have voted against SB1070 because it has done nothing to improve Arizona’s immigration issue. We need to work on comprehensive reform as a real solution. This mean-spirited law has only served to divide the citizens of Arizona and cost our state millions in lost tourism and economic development income during the worst economic recessions since the Great Depression.

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

I would take a serious look at our current tax codes, in particular our sales tax code, and revisit the huge corporate tax loopholes the current Republican legislation has championed in the name of creating jobs that have not materialized.

I will work to close those tax loopholes and reverse tax breaks for special interests who can afford to pay their fair share of taxes along with the rest of Arizonans currently shouldering that burden.

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

I support mining in Arizona – just not this one. My main concern is water. What will the Rosemont Copper Mine do to our water table? It will take a tremendous amount of water to operate the mine and that water will most likely come from the aquifer under Green Valley and Sahaurita. This would irreparably harm local agriculture, ranching and residents. Yes, we need jobs but at what cost – a short term payoff that leaves behind an ecological nightmare?

I will work to create jobs that benefit Arizona’s economy without such high cost tradeoffs to our environment and damage to areas of our economy like our tourism industry.

What is the most important issue in your race?

Jobs, jobs, jobs. This is the central issue that the current legislation has completely ignored while focusing on putting Bible classes in public schools, allowing guns on college campuses, restricting women’s healthcare and attempting to turn Southern Arizona into a nuclear waste dump.

As I mentioned in response to a previous question, I will work with my fellow legislators to help small businesses in Southern Arizona; give Arizona companies the first shot at local contracts for state and other projects; and create incentives to bring high-paying solar and bioscience jobs here.

Races

Race District Election Year Election Level Election Type Win
Arizona House District 9 Democratic primary 9th legislative 2012 State Primary
Arizona House District 9 District 9 2012 State General

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