I'm on the ballot!

With your help, I submitted more than the required number of eligible signatures to appear on your August 28th primary ballot! We also collected the required number of $5 contributions to qualify for the Clean Elections funding program here in Arizona. I've pledged to not accept corporate dollars to fund my campaign and instead seek the support of people like you and me who I will be proud to represent in the Arizona Legislature.

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Thank you to all the volunteers from the Legislative District 15 Democrats and all of the wonderful LD15 neighbors who made this possible- I’m so grateful for your hard work and support! On to the campaign trail!

Tonya

Super Canvass for Tonya This Sunday!

Join us this Sunday, May 6 from 10:30 am- 1:30 pm
to knock on doors and help Tonya get the signatures she needs to run for Arizona House of Representatives in District 15!
  
Tonya will sweep across the district to meet volunteers and hand out lists at ALL three locations for the convenience of volunteers. 

You pick ONE location: SUNDAY

* 10:30 AM: Starbucks at 16900 N Tatum Blvd #110, Phoenix, AZ 85032
* 11:15 AM Elevate Coffee at 2530 W Happy Valley Rd Suite #1273, Phoenix, AZ 85085
* 12:00 noon at Agave Library at 23550 N 36th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85310

Pick your locations-- We'll meet you there with nominating petitions and $5 clean elections forms. 

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Can you spare $5?

In Arizona, we have a source of funding for candidates that is called Clean Elections. Clean Elections provides funds for candidates of any party to run for office. Clean Elections was designed to help battle "dark money" or "dirty money" that we hear so often talked about in the news. Candidates who run with Clean Elections funding agree to not accept money from Political Action Committees (PACs) or corporations. Tonyais running as a Clean Elections candidate.

This is where you come in -  Clean Elections candidates need a certain number of $5 contributions to qualify for Clean Elections funding.Please visit the Clean Elections website and give a $5 contribution toTonya and any other candidate of your choice. Your small, $5 donation could help elect Tonya to office!

Contribute $5 now!

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Sign Tonya's petition to get on the ballot

Will you help Tonya get on the ballot by signing her online petition?
 
This only takes 3 minutes and makes a HUGE difference in helping her campaign. 
 
Arizona law requires a minimum of 400 signatures to put Tonya's name officially on the ballot. 
 
Will you be one of them?
 
Thank you so much for helping our campaign succeed!

Add your name!

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I'm Running Again!

I am pleased to announce that I am running for the Arizona House of Representatives.  The decision to run for the House was an easy one for me -- mainly because of the support from good people like you!  Since running in 2016, I have spent the last two years meeting with our neighbors and hearing their frustrations with the legislature's continued disregard for our priorities.  I want to fight to fund our schools, close corporate tax loopholes, and protect our most vulnerable citizens--the elderly, disabled, LGBT, and our children.  

With your support, we can make a real difference in Arizona by shifting the balance of power in the State House.  How can you help? Start by signing my nominating petition so I qualify for the ballot.  Then, make a $5 Clean Elections contribution so I don't have to ask you for big money. Then, get involved by connecting with like-minded voters in your neighborhood to spread the word that change is possible.  

I look forward to reconnecting with you on the campaign trail!  

Tonya

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Campaign Q&A

Why Tonya?  

I am ready to lead Arizona into the future. I understand the importance of properly written laws and budgets that reflect our priorities. As an attorney, I understand our Constitution and know that crossing into unconstitutional territory is a useless publicity stunt. Instead, I value equality and am ready to stand with Arizona to protect against discrimination in every form, to provide the legal protections necessary to end housing, credit, and employment discrimination for all. I am ready to stand against government intrusion by supporting access to reproductive healthcare and the elimination of unnecessary regulatory schemes that stifle innovation. As a former small business owner, I understand the needs and challenges of growing a business. And, as a mother, I understand that our schools are in crisis and change is necessary to ensure our long-term success.

Restore funding to our schools, now.  

Since 2008, Arizona has de-funded public education by over $700,000,000.  The recent increase in funding does nothing to recover the cuts to our school buildings, buses, and textbooks.  In my 2016 Arizona Senate campaign I was pounding the pavement to restore school funding--my tune hasn't changed--but we have more voices joining the call.  The current system of tax credits--both corporate and individual--are keeping hundreds of millions from the general fund. That money needs to be brought back into general fund and equitably distributed in accordance with the state-wide funding priorities, like safe functional schools with properly paid teachers with manageable class sizes and current textbooks. 

Should we shine the light of day on private prisons and complete an independent examination of claims about cost-savings and private prisons?
As an attorney, I rely upon evidence to prove my cases. I fully support a fact based analysis of private prison costs so that lawmakers and Arizonan’s can evaluate the proponent’s claims. Additionally, I support a serious look at the State’s guarantee of a 90% occupancy rate in order to determine the size of the profit margin provide by empty beds and the market value of its reduction in fiscal risk for the operators. I am unaware of any other private business that receives such favorable contract terms from Arizona. It certainly encourages lawmakers to favor increased incarceration rates and lengthy sentences to justify the costs of the contracts provided to the private prisons.

Should we fund our Universities and community colleges?

The Arizona Constitution, Article 11, section 6 requires that “instruction shall be as nearly free as possible.” Our current budget does not provide any funding for community colleges, and very limited funding for our universities. Community colleges provide an opportunity for motivated students and adult-learners with the opportunity to receive vocational and technical training, as well as a low-cost entry into the four-year degree.  Many Arizonans rely upon our education system to obtain vital job-skills and technical training. Our businesses would benefit from a skilled workforce. The legislature should refocus our priorities to support students and businesses by funding education. There is room in the budget to provide for education. Instead, the legislature continues to favor funding private prisons and guaranteeing 90% occupancy.

Should we keep KidsCare, the state’s child health program?
Absolutely. The refusal to participate in KidsCare was morally and fiscally reprehensible. The rejection of federal dollars to provide health insurance and health stability to children in families with incomes that fell between AHCCCS and federal ACA subsidies was a political position that rejected the needs of our communities. Further, Arizona’s taxpayers sent their tax dollars to the federal government, and the benefit was spread out to the other 49 states with KidsCare, while uninsured children either went without healthcare or their parents were chased by debt collectors for the unpaid bills. We know how every legislator voted in the 2016 expansion of KidsCare. We can use that single vote to test their character.

 

 Your vote counts!  

Your vote counts!  

What Does “Participating” Mean in the Voter Guide?

Many of you have asked what does it mean in the Voter Guide when it says “Participating” or “Traditional” next to the candidates name?

“Participating” means that I have qualified for campaign funding through the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.  In order to qualify, I ( and my volunteers) obtained 296 contributions of $5 each from Democrat or Independent voters who live in my district.  Those individual contributions signify that the voters support my candidacy.

Why run a clean campaign? I chose to run a “participating” or “clean” campaign.  I wanted to send a signal that this district is ready for change.  Knocking on doors to convince people to hand you $5 in exchange for a sheet of paper isn’t easy.  But when they do, there is a contract between you–they have invested in the idea of a candidate who is ready to give them a voice in the legislature, and I am committed to represent their interests at the Legislature.

Some people wrongly believe that clean elections funding is taxpayer money–It IS NOT. In fact, the funding comes from the $5 contributions, a 10% surcharge on civil and criminal court penalties, fines paid by those who misuse the system and voluntary contributions.  The Clean Elections system was put into law by voter initiative.

For me, the most important aspect of Clean Elections funding is that it allows candidates to focus on speaking to voters, not collecting contributions from big donors.  I chose to participate in the system and voluntarily limited my ability to fund raise to around $4000 in “early contributions”  it is seed money to get the ball rolling on the campaign. This choice limits my ability buy signs and send mailers, but I wanted my focus to be on the voters.

What am I up against?  My opponent is “Traditional.”  This means that she has no limit on her ability to seek donations from lobbyists, individuals and businesses.  As an incumbent, she has a direct line to many donors.  She has used that pipeline and raised around $50,000 last election–even though she didn’t have an opponent.  Since she first ran for office, she has raised over $289,000 to obtain and keep her post–one that pays a base salary of $24,000 per year. (followthemoney.org)

On the other hand, I have great job– one that will be waiting for me at the end of the legislative session.  I am interested in joining the legislature to assure that Arizona does what is right for its citizens and its long term economic growth.

Here are a few volunteers after a long session of knocking on doors around Acoma Park!  They did a great job and I am grateful for their work!  

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