You Asked: What are your beliefs around LGBTQ rights?
All Arizonans--all Americans--must be treated fairly and equally under the law, and it is a critical part of my mission as state representative to see that no one is discriminated against because of sexual identity or for any other reason. The Supreme Court’s June 2020 decision that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects the LGBTQ community from workplace discrimination is a long overdue triumph of justice. As state representative I will be vigilant in upholding the rights of the LGBTQ community in all facets of life in Arizona.
You Asked: Judy, I'm a Veteran and want to know what you will do for us?
My father is a veteran and both of my grandfathers are veterans. Arizona is home to many veterans. They are honored citizens who serve and strengthen our communities with the same distinction with which they honored our country. As state representative, I will initiate and support legislation to ensure our veterans have the support they need to integrate fully into civilian life in Arizona and reach their goals. That includes making sure the Arizona Department of Veteran Services has adequate funding to execute its mission and can add to services to meet increasing needs.
You Asked: I worry a lot about our Native American neighbors. What will you do for them?
Our Native American neighbors, the original inhabitants of this land, are in need of comprehensive health care, clean water, good schools and job opportunities. The COVID-19 crisis has brought the severe lack of health care and water, in particular, into sharp focus. As state representative I will work with tribal leaders and state agencies to establish these critically important facilities and services. I will keep apprised of the efforts of the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations and work to strengthen the lines of communication with the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe in LD1 and all of the twenty-two tribal nations within our state. In addition, I will work tirelessly to preserve tribal antiquities and monuments and oppose all efforts to encroach on tribal land.
You Asked: Things can be scary for our parents and grandparents, how will you care for Senior Citizens?
Caring for our senior citizens will be a priority for me as a state legislator. That means meeting with representatives of organizations and agencies within LD1 that support our seniors and working hand-in-hand with them to meet the needs of these valued neighbors and friends. I will also work to ensure that the Arizona Department of Economic Security has the resources it needs to continue to provide its nutrition and health care services and programs to seniors and to expand these services to reach seniors in our most rural communities. I am committed to improving access to telemedicine for our rural district.
You Asked: What is Single Shot Voting?
Vote for Judy and only Judy in November!
It’s called “single shot voting” and it is a critical strategy that's perfectly legal in electing Judy, the only Democrat running for one of two open LD1 seats in the Arizona House of Representatives. It means only voting for Judy and withholding your second vote from her opponents. This reduces her opponents’ vote count, effectively doubling the impact of your vote for Judy. So make sure you’re registered, sign up for your mail-in ballot (PEVL) and get Judy elected with your single shot vote!
You Asked: As a constituent, I am very concerned about the actions taken last year in Yavapai County to make us a "Sanctuary City/County." While I am not a gun owner, I do believe in reasonable, responsible and registered gun ownership. How would you step up to represent us on the issue of Sanctuary City?
I am a strong believer in the rule of law and in the Constitution of the United States. The Second Amendment, which confers the right of gun ownership to "the people," is as sacrosanct as any of the other amendments in the Bill of Rights. I firmly oppose, however, the establishment of Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities or Counties, which have no legal standing and openly flout democratically passed gun control legislation. Our judicial system is the arena for contesting any legislation that violates the Constitution. This is how we do things in this country. We don't just decide to ignore our laws. That is flat out anarchy.
I believe that Arizona can pass legislation that both upholds our 2nd Amendment rights and helps protect the lives of our friends, neighbors, families—the very people we know and love. The foundation of consensus on this issue is the very fact that we all want these two things--to protect public safety and to safeguard our freedoms and Constitutional rights. So let’s get to work. Let’s pass Universal Background Check laws and Red Flag laws that pass muster on both these fronts. This is what Arizona should and must do, and I am prepared to do the hard work to get this done.
You Asked: Judy, what's your position on Gun Control?
I believe in the 2nd Amendment as it is written in the United States Constitution. I also believe that Arizona can pass legislation that both upholds our 2nd Amendment rights and helps protect the lives of our friends, neighbors, families—the very people we know and love. The foundation of consensus on this issue is the very fact that we all want these two things--to protect public safety and to safeguard our freedoms and Constitutional rights. So let’s get to work. Let’s pass Universal Background Check laws and Red Flag laws that pass muster on both these fronts. This is what Arizona should and must do, and I am prepared to do the hard work to get this done.
You Asked: What are your thoughts on capital punishment?
I am against the death penalty in Arizona. I believe state execution is inhumane, but perhaps more critically, it is irreversible. Our criminal justice system has systematically failed people of color and people without financial means. Too many people continue to be wrongly incarcerated and put on death row because of an inadequate defense, misused forensic science, false confessions, eyewitness misidentification, unreliable jailhouse informants, and inability to access post conviction DNA tests. We cannot, as a people of good conscience, take the chance of executing even one innocent person because the right protections were not in place. We are in dire need of criminal justice reforms, and that is what we should focus on.