WHY I'M RUNNING

Like so many Arizonans, I’ve had to balance work and parenting since my daughter was born -- and the pandemic has only made this balance even more challenging. Women have shared the brunt of this pandemic -- taking on extra labor at home, while being forced out of the workplace in alarming numbers. We need to do more for working families, especially parents, and I’m ready to do the work to help families not just recover from this pandemic, but thrive.

As we emerge from COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that we build back in a sustainable manner and invest in the fundamentals of what will be a strong economy for our future. This means investing in the infrastructure to create sustainable good-paying jobs, maintaining a skilled workforce to fill those jobs, safeguarding our natural resources, and supporting our small businesses.


I’m running to bring my experience as a mom, an educator, and a legislator to Congress to fight for Southern Arizona values:

Building an economy that works for everyone

Investing in infrastructure development – both physical and social – will help Southern Arizona realize its full potential. Environmentally sustainable physical infrastructure -- the bricks, mortar, and digital – will help us expand our economy and safeguard our natural resources. This includes rural broadband and improvements in commerce and transportation – from roads to our ports of entry along the border. To power a sustainable 21st economy and enable more people to be part of rebuilding our economy, we also need upgraded social infrastructure -- such as job training, childcare supports, and college and

career-readiness programs.

Protecting our environment and working toward a sustainable future

Our spectacular environment and unique wildlife are a priceless part of Southern Arizona. We have a $20 billion tourism economy, much of that due to people coming from all over the world to enjoy Arizona’s outdoors. With our countless days of sunshine, Arizona should be the solar capital of the world. Solar energy development is increasingly a source of good-paying jobs and could play an even larger role in our post-pandemic economic recovery.

KirstenSolarPanels.jpg

Expanding access to affordable, quality healthcare

Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Unfortunately, too many people still don’t have access to affordable quality healthcare. We need long-discussed solutions to reduce the price of prescription drugs, like allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, and cap the amount everyday Americans must pay for a plan on the health insurance marketplace. No one should have to choose between paying for healthcare or paying their rent and putting food on the table.

Fighting for reproductive choice

Reproductive healthcare and a person’s right to choose should not be up for debate. The attacks on abortion access and reproductive healthcare in Arizona and across our country are appalling and a blatant attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade. As a state legislator, I have always fought to protect reproductive rights, and I will continue to do so in Congress.

Strengthening Social Security and Medicare

Earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare are crucial to the American way of life. Not only do they need to be protected, they should be strengthened for future generations. Special interest groups and wealthy corporations continue to try and chip away at these bedrock programs. As your representative in Congress, I will fight them every step of the way to guarantee the future of these programs.

photo quote bgArtboard 42.png

Following in the footsteps of Gabby Giffords and Ann Kirkpatrick, I would be proud to stand up for Southern Arizona values and use my experience to fight for Southern Arizonans.

I hope you will join me in this fight.