As a person focused on our small businesses in Arizona, we're excited to announce that we are officially endorsed by the Arizona Technology Council. It should be noted that we are one of the only non-incumbent races to earn that endorsement.
We are honored that they would take a chance on us, but we also know that the winds of change are blowing in LD 20. Forward-thinking organizations like the Tech Council know that and will be a strong voice for the business community in Arizona.
More about them below:
2018 Candidate Endorsements for Arizona Legislature
Published by Arizona Technology Council
Council Endorses Candidates to Serve in the 2019 State Legislature and Help Advance a Pro-Technology Industry Agenda
PHOENIX, June 24, 2018 – To help provide a comprehensive overview of Arizona Legislature candidates who can affect the technology industry, the Arizona Technology Council has released its 2018 endorsements. The support of these candidates is based on the most recent two-year voting records of incumbents, written responses to a survey and interviews of new candidates.
In a related move, the Council in a few weeks will publish its 2018 Vote TechSmart, a biennial voters guide that will offer details of its official endorsements of candidates for the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives in the upcoming elections.
"Our members understand the role technology plays in Arizona’s economy and it’s crucial we come together as one voice to elect Arizona Legislature candidates who have a strong and supportive view of our industry,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “We make endorsements for legislative candidates and also publish the Vote TechSmart guide every two years to provide the facts needed to make informed choices."
The Council’s Public Policy Committee researches incumbents thoroughly to determine whether they provide ongoing support of the technology agenda. The issues most heavily weighted in the Committee’s decision to endorse include expanding access to investment capital, supporting tax policy to incent research and development investments, technology-based economic development, advocating for enhanced technology infrastructure, and a strong commitment to improving our public education system from kindergarten through postsecondary with technology-based and blended learning.
The Council focuses its endorsements on candidates for the Legislature in Arizona’s 2018 election and backs only those candidates who support a technology agenda, so some districts may have no recommendations. Also, the Council is not making recommendations on other statewide or congressional races.
About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, visionaries and community members to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit www.aztechcouncil.org.