The time to struggle again — and struggle ahead — for reproductive justice is quick approaching. The stakes are excessive on this yr’s state election, with candidates for governor, secretary of state, lawyer common, and different races on the poll. The Arizona main election shall be held August 28, 2018, and early voting started on August 2. Voters have to have been registered by July 30 to forged their ballots. Reproductive well being has been underneath assault, each nationally and statewide, however Deliberate Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed candidates who put our well being and our rights first. Get to know them now in our collection of “Meet Our Candidates” interviews, and make your voice heard in 2018!
A wealth of expertise has introduced Hazel Chandler to her present bid for the Arizona Legislature. A 40-year resident of Arizona, she is a longtime advocate for public schooling and social justice whose profession spans many years within the authorities, nonprofit, and personal sectors.
For Ms. Chandler, although, the main target shouldn’t be on what’s behind her however on what’s forward. Ms. Chandler holds levels in early childhood improvement and administration, and with these in her toolbox, she has spent a lot of her profession working for the subsequent generations of Arizonans. For eight years she served because the regional director of First Issues First, an company in Phoenix that promotes early childhood schooling and different measures to make sure the success and wellbeing of Arizona’s youngsters. Together with faculty funding, Ms. Chandler has been an outspoken supporter of funding KidsCare and different packages to make sure that youngsters’s well being care wants are being met, no matter family revenue. As she advised the Arizona-based Youngsters’s Motion Alliance, “Providing children with health care needs to be a priority for our state.”
“It is our moral responsibility to make sure that everyone has access to affordable, quality health care, including reproductive care for women.”
Ms. Chandler’s give attention to the longer term additionally means a dedication to a clear surroundings. As she states on her marketing campaign web site, environmental safety “isn’t just an issue, it is the entire context in which we have to make all our public policy decisions.” For her, making a sustainable future is about conserving assets to satisfy long-term financial wants — in addition to defending individuals from the well being results of air pollution and local weather change.
The truth is, a lot of Ms. Chandler’s platform — from her views on stopping crime to getting huge cash out of politics — circles again ultimately to public well being. Inside that complete view of well being, she can also be dedicated to reproductive justice. That conviction has helped garner the endorsements of Arizona Listing, the Arizona NOW Political Motion Committee, and Deliberate Parenthood Advocates of Arizona.
Ms. Chandler seeks to characterize Legislative District 20, which incorporates Northwest Phoenix. She took the time on August 13, 2018, to inform us extra about her background and her candidacy for the Arizona Home of Representatives.
Please inform us a bit about your background.
I’m not a politician; I’m a grandmother who could be very involved concerning the future. I entered the workforce, as a supervisor, originally of the ladies’s rights motion. I spent my life advocating for the rights of youngsters, ladies, and minorities. I labored to make modifications that may convey equal rights for all Arizonans. We’ve made a lot progress as ladies to take our place in society as equal companions, however we nonetheless have an extended methods to go. I’m deeply troubled that younger women getting into the workforce immediately nonetheless don’t have equal rights and equal pay. We nonetheless see insurance policies all through our system that discriminate towards ladies, minorities, and LBGT communities in all points of life.
The residents of LD 20 want a robust lady’s voice with a monitor report of collaborative management to symbolize the wants of girls, our youngsters, and households.
It has by no means been extra important to elect recent management that may put our youngsters and future generations first in our decision-making course of on important points.
As a licensed public supervisor, I deliver in depth work expertise in early childhood schooling, well being care, environmental justice, and behavioral well being. I’ve come to understand that the best challenges we face in Arizona are human points, not partisan points. Once we work collectively and discover widespread floor, we discover options that work for all of us. As your consultant, I’ll consider all laws based mostly on three requirements: Is that this good for my district? Are we attending to the basis of the difficulty? How will this determination impression future generations?
I can be a robust voice for academics and youngsters to construct a well-funded public schooling system that permits all youngsters to be prepared to achieve life. I’ll work to construct a robust, sustainable financial system, giving youngsters clear air, water, and meals. I consider that it’s our ethical duty to ensure that everybody has entry to reasonably priced well being care. Collectively we’ll construct a robust Arizona that works for all of us.
What sort of useful laws would you wish to introduce do you have to be elected?
We should lastly ratify the Equal Rights Modification. Ladies are 51 % of our inhabitants, however nonetheless would not have equal rights, particularly with equal pay and equality in well being care.
We should have complete schooling reform that features a everlasting funding supply for public faculties.
Why do you assume it’s essential that folks make their very own well being care selections?
I consider it’s our ethical duty to make it possible for everybody has entry to reasonably priced, high quality well being care, together with reproductive care for ladies. Once we give attention to well being care versus simply illness care, we implement cost-effective, prevention-oriented well being care packages proven to stop illness, promote well being, and get monetary savings in the absolute best method — by preserving individuals wholesome. Each individual deserves to have entry to high quality well being care and to have decisions in how greatest to satisfy their well being care wants. Once we develop partnerships between sufferers, well being care suppliers, and insurance coverage corporations, we have now alternatives to regulate the runaway prices of well being care. We should finish the divisive dialogue round well being care and are available collectively in a bipartisan approach to discover actual options. I consider that ladies ought to have the correct to make decisions with the help of their physician relating to reproductive well being care. I don’t assume that the state ought to prohibit this proper of girls.
Your Republican opponents, Shawnna Bolick and Anthony Kern, advised the Middle for Arizona Coverage that they help conversion remedy and oppose anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. What are your ideas about these insurance policies, and what’s your imaginative and prescient for a extra LGBTQ-inclusive Arizona?
I consider that each citizen ought to have equal rights and respect. I deeply consider that our state is strongest when individuals come collectively, pay attention to one another, and respect our variations. Our LGBTQ brothers and sisters deserve the identical equal rights and respect as the remainder of us. I might help robust legislative protections for the LGBTQ group. I strongly oppose conversion remedy or some other efforts to vary the LGBTQ group. I’ll take heed to group members and group organizations to study and perceive the wants of the group and can apply modifications to present insurance policies once I’m elected. Each individual deserves to stay freed from discrimination.
What different points are you preventing for?
Absolutely funding public schooling to offer protected, supportive instructional environments that develop the scholar’s full potential. Creating a clear power financial system that addresses our youngsters’s proper to a livable future with clear air, water, and protected meals provides. Entry to reasonably priced well being care. Creating an Arizona that works for all of us, free from discrimination, the place all of us have our primary wants met. Maintaining our youngsters protected via common sense gun legal guidelines. Getting huge cash out of politics.
What provides you hope for Arizona’s future?
By no means earlier than have we had so many gifted individuals come collectively and stand for our rights as residents of the U.S. We now have seen this within the March for Our Lives, #RedForEd, Local weather Marches, immigration, and different group activism. I see a brand new group of gifted leaders (principally ladies) run for elective workplace. All over the place I flip I see dialogue about how we create a society that works for all of us. We should maintain this dialogue and activism going, as it should convey the change that all of us yearn to have.
Why was it necessary for you to be endorsed by Deliberate Parenthood Advocates of Arizona?
I’ve my life dedicated to ladies’s rights and the best to have high quality well being care together with reproductive care. Deliberate Parenthood has been a important group useful resource for reproductive care for so long as I can keep in mind. For a lot of ladies, together with my daughter, Deliberate Parenthood has been a supply of well being care when different choices weren’t reasonably priced. I’m proud to have the Deliberate Parenthood Advocates of Arizona endorsement, and I’ll proceed to battle for ladies’s well being care if elected.
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