Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Arizona State Senate District 15 —Alan Smith (D) and Jake Hoffman (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.
Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Arizona’s state legislature. Arizona is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.
Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?
“Social injustice affects all parts of our society. All Arizonan’s do not have equal access to outstanding schools, great neighborhood parks, playgrounds, swimming pools healthcare, mental health care, jobs, good streets, grocery stores, retail, etc. Poorer neighborhoods even lack shade. Any deficiencies in these public amenities affect those that live in the area. We must strive for social justice to give everybody equal opportunities in their own neighborhoods.”
“The threats facing Arizonans and Americans today are existential and numerous. I believe that we must raise up a new crop of conservative, America first legislators who understand they must be willing to educate themselves on all areas of public policy, so that they can combat these threats as they appear. We are in a battle of good vs. evil. A battle of right vs. wrong. A battle of self determination vs. authoritarian big government control.”
Click on candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.
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