Loop 101 photo enforcement, land conservation and illegal immigration were debated by four District 8 state House of Representatives candidates Monday during a Tribunesponsored forum.
The hourlong discussion featuring Rep. Michele Reagan and John Kavanagh, both Republicans, and Democrats Stephanie Rimmer and Bill Sandberg was taped at Scottsdale’s CityCable Channel 11 studios. The forum will air at 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday and at the same times Nov. 1.
District 8 includes most of Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and Rio Verde. The election is Nov. 7.
The candidates seeking twoyear terms also discussed how to handle the controversy over the Arizona 9/11 Memorial, education, water policy and a sampling of the propositions on the ballot.
In a sign of unity, all four candidates agreed that Proposition 106, Conserving Arizona’s Future, was the ballot measure they most strongly supported. That proposition would preserve up to 694,000 acres, including parts of the planned McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The candidates also all supported a statewide water policy and the need to secure the border.
But there were differences. Rimmer was the only candidate to oppose school vouchers and raised the issue that photo enforcement cameras could escalate into an invasion of privacy. Sandberg was supportive of the freeway photo enforcement, while Reagan — who supported the pilot program that ended Monday — and Kavanagh say they are waiting for the results before judging the program.
Kavanagh and Reagan both support covering up what they deem offensive phrases on the Arizona 9/11 Memorial until they can be removed. Rimmer and Sandberg did not support covering up the plaques, which have been criticized for their political anti-war statements.
Kavanagh and Reagan said the proposition they most strongly opposed was Proposition 200, the Arizona Voter Reward Act, which would randomly award one voter $1 million. Rimmer said she most strongly opposed Proposition 107, Protect Marriage Arizona, because it would prohibit governments from offering domestic partner benefits. Sandberg was most strongly opposed to the tobacco industry-backed Proposition 206, the Arizona Non-Smoker Protection Act. Sandberg supports Proposition 201, Smoke-Free Arizona, which would ban smoking in most indoor places, including bars and restaurants.
What: Tribune District 8 House debate Where: Scottsdale CityCable Channel 11 When: 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 1.