Ben Carmitchel is running for State Senate in District 16 to support our teachers, small businesses, and middle-class workers.
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Voters in Arizona’s 16th District deserve options. We need to pay teachers, reform our budget, encourage energy innovation, and protect small businesses. Here’s how we’re hoping to keep our great state moving forward.
As a small business owner, parent and activist, I’m uniquely qualified to represent the voters of the 16th District. I graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics. Shortly thereafter, I started a one-man small business. Through 20 years of hard work and persistence, my business enjoyed strong growth, and now has locations in the US and Canada. With this experience, I understand how to create business-friendly policies that provide incentives for innovation without providing unfair corporate tax breaks, and I’m dedicated to bringing high-paying jobs to Arizona.
One of the most important part of bringing jobs to Arizona starts with a strong K-12 school system. After all, parents do not want to move to an area where their children will not have abundant educational opportunities. Both of my parents are lifetime educators, so I have a strong interest in our schools. In 2015, I became certified to teach in Arizona and then spent time in the classroom as a substitute for a few years. Through this experience, I quickly learned that our public education system was in serious trouble. With the threat of another school closing due to lack of funding, I started an awareness campaign: Watch the Fox News Coverage here. This campaign helped bring to light the terrible conditions that exist in Arizona’s public education system. But it wasn’t until the teachers had finally had enough and decided to strike that I felt I could really make a change by running for office.
Through my research, I’ve learned that, by far, the main problem with our public school system was the introduction of publicly funded charter and private schools. This happened in the late 1990’s, when Arizona’s public school system was ranked 19th in the nation. Not too shabby compared to 49th right? I’ll go into detail about this in the “issues” section of my website, but simply put, these programs divert money from our public school system. If public funding of private schools and charters were never introduced, it’s estimated that Arizona’s public school system would still be ranked within the top 20 in the nation! Since the introduction of public money flowing to private schools, more and more tax dollars have to be diverted. The only way for Public schools to thrive is by relying on local tax referendums. I plan to reverse this downward spiral by completely eliminating public funding to private schools and privately-owned charters who break the law. It’s a bold move, but a necessary step that must be taken. In the end, Arizonans will enjoy better schools and lower taxes.
We also must reform our budget and eliminate the egregious corruption that has also resulted in higher taxes. As your State Senator, I pledge to fight for many issues plaguing our state, including:
Responsible Environmental Protection
Eliminating Corruption in our Legislature
To do this, I’ll work together with both Democrats and Republicans on these non-partisan issues. I can’t do this without your help.
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