What is single-shot voting?
The Arizona governor’s race is straight-forward: There is one seat open, and you can only vote for one candidate to fill that seat. Some races have more than one seat open and there are multiple candidates running to fill multiple seats. In the district races for Arizona House of Representative seats, there are two seats to fill and often more than two candidates are running.
In House races in which we only endorse one candidate, you can maximize your vote’s impact with a single-shot vote.
What happens if a voter looks at their options for those races and sees only one candidate who aligns with their values and goals for the state? Easy. You vote for only that candidate. When a voter casts their ballot for only one candidate instead of two, that vote automatically receives a greater percentage of all ballots cast. Your candidate now has a better chance at winning the election. That is single-shot voting.
Each of the following four PPAA-endorsed candidates are the only advocates for reproductive justice and LGBTQ rights running in their districts. You can help these individuals by voting only for them.
Carmen Casillas is the only Democratic candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 8. The other two options in this race are Frank Pratt and T.J. Shope — both incumbents, Republicans, and proactive in ensuring that an Arizona woman’s reproductive rights remain extremely limited. Casillas’ previous political experience ranges from vice mayor and councilwoman for the city of Globe. She also believes all people should be treated equally and with respect: “it doesn’t matter — color, race, creed religion, sexuality.” Casillas has made it clear that working to increase the equality and respect of Arizona women is a priority: “I’m going to aggressively fight for women to have the right to choose their own health care.”
Conversely, both Pratt and Shope signed the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) pledge, which, in an odd interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, denounces Roe v. Wade as unconstitutional. In addition, Mr. Pratt cites education as one of his key issues, but that does not include comprehensive sex education. This means that if you never learn about the human reproductive system and end up pregnant, you will have no choices. Further, neither Pratt nor Shope include the LGBTQ community among the Arizonans for whom they are elected to serve. Both voted for SB 1062, which would have allowed businesses to refuse service, under the excuse of “freedom of religion,” to those identifying as LGBTQ (it passed, but was vetoed by the governor).
- In Legislative District 8, PPAA endorses Carmen Casillas for the single-shot vote.
Denise “Mitzi” Epstein is the only Democratic candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 18. Epstein is a former board member of the Kyrene School District. In terms of reproductive rights, Epstein believes, “it’s very important for every person to have full autonomy over her/his own medical and health care choices.”
Epstein is facing Jill Norgaard, Republican incumbent, who believes women are equal to men, “but different.” As such, Norgaard believes women are incapable of making their own choices and supports the prohibition of abortion with no exceptions. She ensures the LGBTQ community is excluded from the Arizonans she intends to serve by making clear that she: (1) opposes unmarried domestic partners having the same employee and health benefits as those who are married; (2) supports defending Arizona’s constitutional definition of marriage (i.e., between a man and a woman); (3) opposes adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in anti-discrimination law; and (4) supports protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.
Epstein is also up against Bob Robson. Robson cemented his anti-abortion stance by signing the CAP pledge and voting for HB 2284, authorizing unannounced inspections of abortion facilities without a warrant. Robson also voted in favor of SB 1062, allowing businesses to refuse service under “freedom of religion” to those identifying as LGBTQ.
- In Legislative District 18, PPAA endorses Mitzi Epstein for the single-shot vote.
Amy Schwabenlender is the only Democratic candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 20. Schwabenlender currently serves as vice president of community impact for the Valley of the Sun United Way and works daily to end the issue of chronic homelessness. She understands that women make up the majority of the population in the state of Arizona and is seeking to take on key issues that include backing legislation that will lessen pay inequality between men and women, supporting efforts to increase women’s safety relative to protecting the victims of domestic violence, and advocating for women’s health by reestablishing state aid programs, such as Medicaid and SNAP.
Her response to Arizona’s new law permitting the health department to inspect abortion clinics without a warrant speaks to her dedication to advocating for women’s rights: “These kinds of bills are insulting to women and their families. It feels like women are being picked on just for being women. The rights that women have when they receive their health care shouldn’t be different from men. No one should have their privacy threatened.” In addition, Schwabenlender is an ally to the LGBTQ community, demonstrated by her condemnation of SB 1062 as both “discriminatory and unconstitutional.”
Schwabenlender faces Republican incumbents Paul Boyer and Anthony Kern, both of whom have made it clear that neither women nor the LGBTQ community are among the Arizonans they intend to serve as they seek to continue work in the House. Both support prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother, and Boyer signed the CAP pledge. Further, Kern says he is in favor of some kind of education reform, but that doesn’t include comprehensive sex education. Given his anti-abortion stance on reproductive rights, if you are a woman in the state of Arizona, your choices will remain extremely limited, even if your state did not allow you to have the education that ensures you understand how the human body and contraception work.
Both Kern and Boyer oppose unmarried domestic partners receiving the same employee and health benefits as their married counterparts, and each defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Both believe in protecting the religious and moral beliefs of those who want to refuse service to those whose morality they oppose (Kern voted in favor of SB 1062).
- In Legislative District 20, PPAA endorses Amy Schwabenlender for the single-shot vote.
Eric Meyer is a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing Legislative District 28 and running for re-election. He brings six years of experience as a state representative and serves as a ranking member of both the House Education and House Health committees where he is actively working to improve the lives and health of all Arizonans, including women. He voted against allowing the health department to inspect abortion clinics without a warrant, and has said, “The U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s right to choose without undue interference from the state.”
Further, Meyer is in favor of comprehensive sex education in Arizona public schools, seeing it as a solution to reducing teen pregnancy, dropout rates, and poverty rates. Meyer says, “There is a direct correlation between medically accurate comprehensive sexual education and a reduction in teen pregnancy rates. Similarly, there is a direct correlation between teen pregnancy and high dropout rates, which leads to poverty and translates to high costs to the state. Teenage moms are more likely to depend on public assistance. Both the parent and the child are more likely to be in poor health and to come into contact with correctional systems. Children of teenagers are more likely to become teenage parents themselves. The most fundamental, basic first step to breaking this cycle is to provide statewide comprehensive, medically accurate sexual education for all teenagers.”
Meyer is running against Kate Brophy McGee and Shawnna Bolick. McGee has a record of voting to deny public funding to Planned Parenthood and to prevent taxpayers from being able to claim donations to Planned Parenthood as part of the “working poor donation tax credit” program for charitable organizations. This means that organizations such as Planned Parenthood risk losing donors who are motivated to give for reasons that include tax breaks.
Bolick supports prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother. She’s also against comprehensive sex education in Arizona public schools. Her support of Arizonan LGBTQ individuals is non-existent. Bolick is not in favor of unmarried domestic partners receiving the same employee and health benefits as those who are married, and her definition of marriage is one man and one woman. Bolick is against adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in anti-discrimination law, and supports protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.
- In Legislative District 28, PPAA endorses Eric Meyer for the single-shot vote.
In addition to the candidates above, PPAA is recommending single-shot votes in the following House races:
- Legislative District 1: Frank Cuccia
- Legislative District 6: Lanny Morrison
- Legislative District 11: Holly Lyon (read interview)
- Legislative District 14: James Burton (read interview)
- Legislative District 16: Cara Prior
- Legislative District 17: Danielle Lee
- Legislative District 21: Esther Durán Lumm (read interview)