Bruce Wheeler

Bruce  Wheeler

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  • NameBruce Wheeler
  • Party Affiliationdemocrat

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Office: State House of Representatives, Legislative District 10

Age: 64

Employer and Position: Legislator and photographer

Education: B.A., University of Arizona, 1972; MBA, University of Phoenix, 2001

Political Experience: State representative, 1975-1977; Tucson City Council member, 1987-1995; state representative, 2010-present

Top priority: Quality public education; high-tech, sustainable energy and bioscience job growth; health care; personal choice issues.

How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona? The same way in which I succeeded as a city council member in the 1980's and '90's:  As a policy maker I will work with statewide leaders in science, business, healthcare and sustainable energies to successfully attract high-tech companies such as bioscience, optics, solar and aviation to southern Arizona.  These efforts will be combined with supporting critical research & development funding at the University of Arizona.  These efforts together with greater venture capital investment will add thousands of new jobs to our struggling economy.

Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible? Yes.  Accessibility to healthcare is not only a moral issue, it makes critical economic sense.  21% of Arizona's population has no health coverage.  This means that emergency personnel and hospitals must treat patients and pass the costs on to the rest of us, resulting in higher insurance premiums and hospitalization costs due to uncompensated care.  Our population must have insurance options which will give them access to preventive care, lowering costs across the health care spectrum.  It is a shame that Arizona is the only state in the union without KidsCare.

If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it? I would have voted against it.  The US Supreme Court has taken three of the four steps necessary toward removing this intrusive and ineffective law.  The federal government has abdicated its responsibility to properly secure the border and pressure must be put on it to fulfill its constitutional responsibility.  Arizona should bring the fight to the drug cartels, the source of much of our border violence. I encourage support for the Dream Act as well.

In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education? The legislative Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), whose research and advise is respected by both legislative parties, reported two years ago that the skyrocketing number of special interest loop holes in our tax code cost us over $9 billion a year.  That is more than the entire budget for the state of Arizona!  We should revise the tax code to make it equitable, supportive of small businesses and public education funding.  We must reverse the cuts of the past four years and fully fund the critical needs of public eduction from from K through 12, our universities, adult education and job training programs. 

Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay? Rosemont mine poses a threat to our water table, our air, our scenery and to the economy that depends on maintaining a balance with nature.  For those reasons, I am opposed to this particular mine.  We have over 14,000 miners in Arizona and they and the mining industry contribute many benefits to our state and ought to supported, but not at the expense of health, environment and the overall greater economic benefit and need to us all.

What is the most important issue in your race? Without a quality public education system that instills creativity, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and confidence through a strong partnership involving students, teachers, parents and strong, locally controlled school districts we will squander the lives of our youth and lose our economic edge to compete for good jobs in a global economy.  Arizona invests about $7,800 per student per year, while spending over $42,000 per prison inmate per year resulting in Arizona being ranked near the bottom in student investment and achievement.  Education matters very much!

Races

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

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