The Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) is the public policy arm of the Diocese of Phoenix, the Diocese of Tucson, the Diocese of Gallup, and the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix. The ACC is a non-partisan entity and does not endorse any candidates.
The ACC Voter’s Guide is meant solely to provide an important educational tool containing unbiased information on the August 30 Primary Election. Pursuant to Internal Revenue Service requirements for churches and nonprofit organizations, this document does not endorse candidates or indicate our support or opposition to the questions.
Included on the ACC Voter’s Guide are races covering the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, Corporation Commission, and the Arizona State Senate and Arizona State House of Representatives. It is important to remember that members of the State Senate and State House are elected by legislative district. Each legislative district includes one State Senator and two State Representatives. Find your legislative district here: http://azredistricting.org/districtlocator
All candidates in the aforementioned races were sent a survey and asked to respond with whether they Support (S) or Oppose (O) the given statements. The ACC Voter’s Guide lists every one of these candidates regardless of whether they returned a survey. Many candidates elaborated on their responses which are indicated by an asterisk and a hyperlink to a scanned document. The 10 issues covered are as followed:
- Allowing parents to use tax credits, or empowerment scholarship accounts to enable children to attend any public, private, or home school.
- Legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
- Exploring a temporary guest worker program for foreign workers to those Arizona employers experiencing a labor shortage.
- Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
- Providing abortion providers with government funding.
- Placing a moratorium on the death penalty.
- Making the presence of undocumented immigrants in Arizona a state crime.
- Mandating healthcare providers to facilitate the distribution of “emergency contraception” (i.e., morning after pills).
- Providing an inflationary increase for the charitable organization tax credit which benefits organizations serving the working poor.
- Exempting religious employers from any abortifacient or contraceptive mandates that may violate the tenets of their faith.
We would strongly encourage you to find out more information about those candidates who did not complete a questionnaire, as well as those who did. Contact information for each of these candidates can be found here.