Arizona Technology Council Announces 2022 Endorsements of Legislature Candidates
Support Based on Voting Records and Ongoing Advocacy of State's Technology Industry Agenda
PHOENIX - July 5, 2022 - PRLog -- To offer guidance to voters in the 2022 elections, the Arizona Technology Council has released its endorsements of Arizona Legislature candidates who support the technology industry's agenda. Recommendations are based on several factors, including the most recent two-year voting records of incumbents, written responses to a survey and interviews of new candidates.
"Our state's technology industry has been one of the fastest growing in the nation and a main contributor to Arizona's economy," said Steven G. Zylstra, the Council's president and CEO. "Furthermore, technology will continue to be a cornerstone of our growth. The state legislators we endorse represent those who understand and advocate our industry's success, as well as the betterment of our overall economy."
The Council's Public Policy Committee thoroughly researched candidates for the state Senate and House of Representatives to determine whether they provided ongoing support of the technology agenda. The issues most heavily weighted in the Committee's recommendations included the legislative priorities outlined in Council's 2022 Public Policy Guide. Priorities included cultivating a diverse, equitable and statewide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) ecosystem; funding the state's P-20 education system, including pre-K, K-12, career and technical education district (CTED), postsecondary programs; supporting efforts to positively impact the diversity, equity and inclusion of the workforce and its leadership; and advancing energy policy that encourages demand-side adoption of efficiency, prioritizes clean and renewable energy use, invests in electric vehicle infrastructure development, and supports innovation in the industry.
The endorsements focus on candidates for the state Legislature in Arizona's 2022 elections. Because the Council backs only candidates who support a technology agenda and those who either have a voting record or participated in our endorsement process, some districts have no recommendations. The Council does not provide recommendations on other statewide or congressional races.
To provide transparency on selections, the Council soon will publish its 2022 Vote TechSmart, a biennial voters' guide that will offer details of its official endorsements.
The Council's legislative candidate endorsements are:
About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona's premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, visionaries and community members to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council's culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit www.aztechcouncil.org.
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