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Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 1:30 am | Updated: 11:41 pm, Wed Aug 4, 2010.

Dear friends and neighbors

My name is Robert Hernandez McDonald Jr. and I want to be your next State Senator for Mesa Legislative District 18. I was born and raised in Mesa; I attended Jefferson Elementary, Fremont Jr. High, Brimhall Jr High and I graduated from Westwood High School in 1996. I currently attend Mesa Community College as a sophomore working on my degree to become an attorney.

I am a family man with two young daughters about to start their school careers in the Mesa Unified School District and I understand what is necessary to ensure that my children have the best education available to them. I am a small business owner and the grandson of a successful small business owner Seferino C. Hernandez of Aztec Wrought Iron and Manufacturing which has been around for over 35 years. I know what it takes to be successful and it takes a lot of hard work to stay successful.

The current way of doing things in our state government is not working, we can all see that. It's the small things that affect all of us from the closure of state parks to the closure of Motor Vehicle offices and rest stops make us pause to reflect on how things can be better. I want to work to make things better; this is why I am asking for your support to bring much needed new blood to our State Senate.

The policies of blaming others for the faults of our government have to stop. Being divisive and abusing one's office to score political points is wrong and unethical. We must end the current ideology that is destroying our state and get the people's business done.

We need to force our legislators to pursue a balanced budget each and every fiscal year and I will work for that. We need to fully fund our k-12 and university education system, I will fight for this and we must take care of the most vulnerable among us and I will advocate for this. This is the role of state government; this is what the intent of our state constitutional duty is, not to pick fights with the federal government over issues that are not of the purview of the state government.

My Democratic opponent suggests that we bring more people into the state in hopes of fixing the budget and infrastructure. The current Republican incumbent suggests that we chase people out of this state in hopes of fixing the states sick infrastructure. These ideas have been tried and proven that they do not work.

I can remember the late 1980's and the early 1990's when we had explosive growth in population and an infrastructure that could not handle the influx. I propose we fix our infrastructure first bring our education system up to a level we can be proud of, a place where businesses will want to relocate to and the people are treated with dignity and respect. My grandfather remembers when minorities were blamed for the ills of this nation. It didn't work then and it does not work now.

Let's start the healing process. Send me to the State Senate and let's get the job done.

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