NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 ARIZONA GOVERNOR’S RACE
Created by the Campus Election Engagement Project, a nonpartisan effort to help college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders engage their schools in the election. Key sites consulted included Votesmart.org, OntheIssues.org, FactCheck.org, Politifact.com, and public candidate statements. For guides to local races, see Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters and Ballotready.org. For more detailed information visit their votesmart.org pages.
Visit dougducey.com and dg4az.com to volunteer. Other candidates include Angel Torres (G). We can’t include candidates polling under 15%, but check out his website. To download a printable pdf version of this guide, click here.
Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Ducey – Mostly Ban. Has signed restrictions requiring doctors to ask if abortion is related to rape, incest, or domestic violence; telling patients that effect of abortion pills can be undone; & banning use of Obamacare exchanges for abortion insurance.
Campaign Finance Reform: Should there be restrictions or disclosure requirements on large and anonymous political donations?
Garcia – Criticizes money in politics but specific position unclear. Has pledged not to take money from lobbyists or corporate PACS & returned $7,000 to donors identified as lobbyists.
Climate Change: Is climate change a serious threat, and should government respond to that threat? Stand on Proposition 127, which requires utilities to produce 50% of energy from renewables by 2030.
Ducey – Unclear. In 2015 said skeptical that it’s human caused. More recently said he’s convinced that it is. Undercut Prop 127 by signing bill that minimizes fines on utilities for not complying if it passes.
Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it based on religious beliefs?
Courts: Support Brett Kavanaugh nomination? (before recent allegations).
Education: Increase funding for K-12 education?
Ducey – Mixed. Increased funding distributions from state land trust through Prop 123, though this erodes long-term reserves. Opposed initiative funding education by taxing individuals earning over $250,000 a year.
Garcia – Yes. Would support extra funding by expanding Proposition 301 sales tax initiative, which now provides $500 million a year to K-12. Also close corporate tax loopholes & raise taxes on top 1%.
Education: Provide vouchers so parents can send their children to private schools with public money?
Education: Support recent Arizona teacher’s strike?
Education: Increase state funding for higher education?
Ducey – Mixed. Cut college funding by $99 million in 2015. Increased by $32 million in 2016-2017, including $5 million for Koch Brothers-founded “economic freedom schools.” Ended all state aid to Maricopa & Pima County community college systems.
Gay rights: Support LGBTQ rights?
Gun Control: Support more gun control legislation including restrictions on semi-automatic weapons?
Ducey – Somewhat. Revoke firearm permits of those convicted of violent offenses. Has not sought to restrict assault weapons.
Healthcare: Support or Repeal ACA, aka Obamacare? Accept ACA’s Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants?
Ducey – Repeal. “Obamacare has been a disaster for Arizona & I want it repealed & replaced.” Medicaid should focus narrowly on the “destitute & the disabled” & not become “a middle-class entitlement.”
Garcia – Support ACA. Keep coverage for pre-existing conditions. Expand on Arizona’s cost-efficient & successful Medicaid programs & let healthier & younger Arizonans buy-in. Ultimately move toward Medicare for All.
Healthcare: Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?
Immigration: Support legal status for “DACA” recipients or “Dreamers,” who grew up in the US after being brought here illegally as children?
Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize legalize marijuana?
Minimum Wage: Raise the minimum wage?
Net Neutrality: Support requiring internet providers to provide equal access to all users?
Ducey – No statement found.
Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?
Taxes: Support proposed initiative to fund education through increasing taxes on the wealthy?