As a military kid, Stefanie grew up believing in the value of service and a strong work ethic.
After surviving a traumatic injury when she was young, she became the first in her family to go to college, eventually earning a Master of Public Policy and starting her own small business.
After September 11th, she dedicated a year of service to our country with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). In that year, Stefanie responded to a flood disaster with the American Red Cross, taught elementary school children, built part of the Cumberland Trail in Appalachia, maintained a wildlife preserve and helped construct five houses with Habitat for Humanity. It was a powerful lesson in understanding how a society works together. It taught her to be creative, adaptive and persistent in order to achieve independence and success for those in need; in short, to expect more of our community and ourselves.
After that experience, Stefanie applied those lessons while working in the non-profit sector. Providing direct services to a diverse group of people reminded her that we need to expect more of the policies that affect all our lives.
Elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012, she proudly voted for the needs of Tucson families: to increase educational opportunities for all kids, to support the University of Arizona and to reform our child welfare system. Stefanie also voted to preserve Arizona’s natural wonder by protecting our state parks. During my time serving District 10, she has appeared for every vote and successfully passed bipartisan legislation to improve Southern Arizona.
Stefanie will continue to focus on creating an environment for small business growth, including improving infrastructure. Stefanie knows that taxpayers’ dollars should be spent wisely by creating a bipartisan budget that reflects Southern Arizona’s values. In my next term, she will fight for fair access to quality education and economic growth in Arizona.