Why are you running for office?
Born here in the Valley, I was raised by my parents to believe in giving back to your community and that only a life committed to serving those around you is a life truly well-lived. I have dedicated my life to exactly these goals. I served in the U.S. Army where my mission was to mentor the new Iraqi democracy. After returning home from two combat tours, I continued that dedication to service by advocating for veterans, I developed the program at ASU to guarantee our men and women in uniform get a good education upon returning home, and worked through the state to get them jobs after they graduate. But our state is in crisis in both of those areas and our Legislature has only worsened the situation. I want to bring this same focus on jobs and education to our state government, as they have lost sight of what Arizonans really need. Over the past few years they have failed to provide strong leadership through these difficult times and instead stripped critical funding to KidsCare, mortgage relief, the National Guard, and education while funneling tax payer dollars off to for-profit, private prisons. I am running because someone is needed to step up. Our district and Arizona as a whole deserves better representation and I am committed to providing it.
What issue will be your biggest priority if/when elected?
My No. 1 priority at the Legislature will be to get our economy back on track, producing high-wage jobs that you can raise a family on. Improving Arizona’s economy is critical not only because it will create new jobs but because it will increase revenue for the state, which will restore funding to the programs that have been decimated by the current Legislature. By reversing the cuts I mentioned, our state will be able to make an investment in the future guaranteeing a prosperous Arizona.
What are your qualifications for this office?
I have a great deal of experience working to bring different groups of people together at the negotiating table and creating common sense solutions to their problems. During my second tour of duty in Iraq, my job was to help them create and run their new government from scratch. It was not an easy job as many of the tribes that I had to bring together had been divided against each other for ages. But through hard work we helped them to work cooperatively for the benefit of all of their people. For too long Arizona has been divided by intensely partisan political parties. Being an integral part of helping to build a new democracy gives me a perspective that no other legislator can boast. I will use my experience finding common ground to establish common goals and provide common sense solutions at the Legislature. Together, we can establish a more moderate form of representation that reflects our state’s true values.
I am running with small-businessman Darin Fisher to represent Ahwatukee, south Tempe, west Chandler, and Dobson Ranch in the House. You can see our plan for the future at visionforarizona.com.
Harris is an Ahwatukee Foothills resident. For more information, visit votecorey2012.com or call (480) 776-9526.