David Bradley

David  Bradley

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  • NameDavid Bradley
  • Party Affiliationdemocrat

Details

Office: State Senate, District 10
Age: 59
Employer and Position: La Frontera Arizona, Chief Development Officer
Education: BS Psychology, MS Education, MBA
Political Experience: State Representative District 28 for 8 years
Top priority: Bringing jobs to Arizona by maximizing healthcare services and investing in education and clean energy.

How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona?
The quickest job stimulus available is expanding Medicaid eligibility as soon as possible. The legislature and governor should work to accept it immediately. There is no silver bullet for job creation especially when it comes to attracting new industries to Arizona. The legislature has to address the quality of life issues that attract new business, particularly having an educated workforce which comes from an educational system that is not continually compromised by lack of funding. The state has to invest in infrastructure but can not do so without comprehensive tax reform that makes taxes fair, balanced, equitable and predictable. Government has a role in economic development it is not simply the market that will spontaneously
create jobs. Businesses thrive when government acts as a partner and a
catalyst.

Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible?
Yes, increasing accessibility to health care is a moral imperative. It also happens to be good business because without the expansion of Medicaid rural medical facilities in Arizona can not be sustained. In addition those individuals who need medical care do not disappear whether they have insurance coverage or not. With no access to preventative care they show up in emergency rooms in more acute distress and the cost is borne by either government or those who pay for coverage currently. The expansion of Medicaid will bring billions of dollars into our economy. The money spent on health care does not sit idle. It moves through the economy and boosts local business in a myriad of ways. It makes absolutely no moral or economic sense to turn down the Medicaid monies.
 
If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it?
I did vote against it as a member of the state legislature. The most
conservative Supreme Court in the last seventy years essentially struck down the bill. Let's move on to real immigration reform.
 
In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education?

I would eliminate mandatory sentencing and reduce the need for more prisons. I would rescind tax cuts from the last session that the business community did not even seek.

Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay?
Copper is a commodity of fluctuating value. Water's value will continue to rise. As long as the creation of the mine diminishes access to water for future generations then local government should fight the mine.
 
What is the most important issue in your race?
Due to the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Affordable Health Care Act, expansion of Medicaid (AHCCCS) goes to the top of the list in regard to providing access to care but also providing stimulus to Arizona's economy.

Races

Race District Election Year Election Level Election Type Win
Arizona Senate District 10 Democratic primary 10th legislative 2012 State Primary
Arizona Senate District 10 District 10 2012 State General

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