- NameStefanie Mach
- Party Affiliationdemocrat
Office: State House of Representatives, Legislative District 10
Employer and Position: CEO, CM Concordia Consulting
Education: B.A. in international studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; master's in Public Policy in education from Brown University
Political Experience: Democratic precinct committee person; state committee person for the Democratic Party; legislative district secretary for the Democratic Party
Top priority: We must protect the middle class, investing in education and creating jobs for our future.
How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona?
We need to invest in Arizona’s future by attracting high-quality jobs. Arizona should be a leader in solar energy, creating jobs while securing our energy future. We also have an opportunity to create jobs in the biosciences, a growing industry in our state. This requires tax incentives, a strong education system, and the political will to move Arizona into the future.
Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible?
Yes. Currently, hospitals and urgent care centers often have to absorb the costs of emergency care for the uninsured, and in the end, that cost is passed on to the rest of us in higher medical fees and ultimately, higher insurance premiums. If we expand Medicaid, lower-income Arizonans can receive preventative care before they need a trip to the emergency room, lowering healthcare costs for them, for the state, and for the rest of us.
If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it?
I would have voted against SB1070. This bill had a negative effect on our struggling economy, and failed to address border security issues. Furthermore, much of the bill has been ruled unconstitutional, and I believe that ultimately the remaining portion will be overturned as well. We need legislation that moves our state forward, and SB1070 only gave Arizonans political turmoil and costly legal battles. We need to expect more.
In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education?
Private prisons. I also believe that some of the money in the rainy-day fund should be used to restore funding to education. Now is the time to reinvest in our future as a state.
Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay?
Southern Arizonans need jobs, but Rosemont Copper Mine isn’t the answer. We need sustainable jobs; the mine will only be around for twenty years and employ relatively few people. The Rosemont Mine also threatens the ecosystem and future water supplies. We need invest in more secure high-quality jobs and protect our unique natural resources.
What is the most important issue in your race?
The most important issue in my district and throughout Arizona is providing a quality education system that will prepare our children to take the high-quality, high-wage jobs that will sustain our economy in the long term.
|Race||District||Election Year||Election Level||Election Type||Win|
|Arizona House District 10 Democratic primary||10th legislative||2012||State||Primary|
|Arizona House District 10||District 10||2012||State||General|