I'm the independent candidate for Governor of Arizona.
Importantly, I don't think being a centrist means having a personal conviction that runs right down the center on any given issue, or even on most issues. Rather, I think it means a willingness to work with people who disagree, and to find solutions that work for the vast majority of people, including people on the opposite side of the political spectrum.
Aside from my passion for reducing partisanship, I think the most important issue facing Arizona is education. We are last in teacher pay, 48th in per student spending, and we test significantly below national average on NAEP tests . Tuition at public universities has been rising sharply in the last decade, and are school are in disrepair because we are not funding capital improvements. To address these issues, we need sane tax policies and spending priorities.
It's important to improve our civil discourse. Right now the vast majority of people are shouting and very few people are listening. The future belongs to those who are willing to listen and find new solutions instead of demonizing people for their personal convictions.