The 2020 election is heating up in Arizona with plenty of candidates vying for office. While there is a huge emphasis on the presidential election, voters will also decide the outcome of local elections and determine who will fill state representative and senate seats.
Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.
Judy Schwiebert, a Phoenix resident, is running for State House District 20.
Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Family: Sons Ehren Schwiebert and Andy Schwiebert; Daughters-in-law Caroline Timm Schwiebert and Allison Mark; Grandchildren Luke, Mayah, Arden, Kaira and Amara; Mother Diane Froese
Occupation: Teacher for 27 years, now retired
Previous elected experience: None
Family members in government: No
Campaign website: https://www.judyforaz.com
The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
There are many pressing issues facing our state. One is the severe teacher shortage crisis. I will make sure our state is investing in public schools in an equitable way so we can repair crumbling buildings and outdated resources, raise teacher salaries, and attract our best and brightest young people to teaching and then provide them with the support they need to stay in the field. A well-qualified teacher is the most basic component to making sure that every student receives a quality education, wherever they go to school.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
I have spent my life in this community and have been listening to my neighbors and share their priorities. We want everyone to get a great education, quality, affordable healthcare that protects people with pre-existing conditions, and a strong economy with good-paying jobs. I never imagined I would run for office, but