Legislative and Gubernatorial Candidates HAVE Responded to CAA’s “Vote for Kids” Questionnaire

| July 31, 2014

We’ve got some great news: 55 candidates for the legislature and 5 candidates for governor have turned in their completed Vote for Kids candidate questionnaires. You can find the completed legislative candidate questionnaires here and the gubernatorial questionnaires here. They have been downloaded from our website a total of 1,300 times already!

Legislative and gubernatorial candidates expressed their priorities for children and families in a 10-question survey co-sponsored by Children’s Action Alliance and nineteen other community organizations dedicated to children’s health, education and security (see sponsor list below).

The responses from 53 candidates from 25 legislative districts are posted, unedited, on the Children’s Action Alliance website (www.azchildren.org; click on 2014 Election at the top), along with surveys and statements from five candidates running for governor. Responses came from candidates across all major parties and Legislative District 9 stands out with a 100% response rate.

When asked about reducing reports of child abuse and neglect and reducing the need for foster care, fifty-one of the responding legislative candidates expressed strong support for shifting resources to prevention strategies such as child care assistance, substance abuse treatment, and professional parent mentoring. Candidates also expressed support for a range of policies to improve reading success by third grade, including reading programs and education for parents and children together and reading programs after school and during the summer.

The survey asked candidates to name their top two priorities to improve children’s health, education or security. Restoring funding for K-12 education topped the list. Specific funding priorities mentioned include:
• early education
• career and technical education
• teacher salaries
• school safety

Candidates overwhelmingly name the new Department of Child Safety as another priority, many commenting that we must provide the oversight and resources the Department needs in order to protect children.
As nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations, the sponsors of the survey do not support or oppose individual candidates. The survey was designed to give voters information about candidates’ positions on key issues for children and families.

“It’s clear that public policies and budgets matter a lot for children and families in Arizona,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. “We’re very proud to offer voters this tool to help them find the candidates who share their priorities.”
Election information is available at www.azchildren.org.
Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents
Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (AzAEYC)
Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors
Arizona Partnership for Children, LLP
Arizona’s Children Association
Association for Supportive Child Care
Casa del los Niños
Chicanos Por La Causa
Child and Family Resources, Inc
Child Crisis Center
Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth
Crisis Nursery, Inc
Defenders of Children
Desert Southwest Conference
United Methodist Church
Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
Raising Special Kids
Read On Arizona
Southwest Human Development
UMOM New Day Centers




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