Charlene believes that every child deserves to have access to a quality education to include competent teachers, manageable classroom sizes and support from administrators and communities. She will pursue full funding for public education in the legislature and will work within our communities to empower families to work with policy makers to make education a priority.
Charlene believes that economic development is necessary to for the creation of jobs which provide families with living wages and that our public colleges and universities must remain affordable in order to create the workforce necessary to attract business interests across our state. It is unacceptable to consistently have extremely high levels of unemployment in our rural counties and not have our legislators addressing this issue.
Charlene will work to develop apprentice and other skills training programs, particularly in high unemployment areas of the state. She will also work to create public infrastructure projects to put our people to work.
Charlene believes that every resident of our state should have access to quality and affordable health care and mental health services. Our families should not have to choose between health care, food and shelter. She will work to curtail the costs by expanding Medicaid eligibility and creating competition in health care delivery.
Charlene will make every effort to protect agriculture’s water rights. She believes that legislators in Arizona should be knowledgeable of the history of water rights and should be prepared to fight to protect the rights of farmers and be advocates for Arizona’s agriculture industry. As your legislator, Charlene will proactively address water issues and not wait for critical declines in water availability before getting involved. She is capable of, and willing to, work with elected officials from other states to develop long-term solutions to water shortages. Any collective strategies concerning water must protect our most important industry, agriculture, and the thousands of jobs it creates in District 4.