The topics covered education, hunger/food security, SPICE (synthetic marijuana), JobPath workforce funding, and affordable housing. The session also included a discussion of the pros and cons of the $48 million Amphi Bond Proposition 447.
Amphi neighborhood resident and Sacred Heart member, Christina Crawford, shared the evening’s most dramatic story, concerning her son’s SPICE addiction. She challenged the candidates and legislators in attendance to change the laws: “Get this stuff out of the stores and smoke shops! Get it out of the hands of our children and neighbors!”
The session was co-sponsored by Southern Arizona Interfaith, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, the Amphitheater School District, Literacy Connects and the UA College of Education.
Other attending candidates included US Congressional District 2 candidate Matt Heinz, Arizona Corporation Commission candidate Tom Chabin, State legislative candidates Andrea Dalessandro, (LD 2 Senate), Stephanie Mach, and Kirsten Engle, (LD 10 House), County Supervisor candidate Richard Elias, District 5, Pima County School Superintendent candidate Dustin Williams, Pima Community College Governing Board candidate Martha Durkin, District 5, Amphi Governing Board candidates Deanna Day and Julie Cozad, and TUSD Governing Board candidate Rachael Sedgwik.
Hundreds of participants pledged to vote and get at least 10 others to vote and dozens pledged to do a non-partisan get-out-the-vote walk on Saturday, Oct. 15th from 9 to 11:30 am. The walkers met at Literacy Connects located at 200 E. Yavapai, a block east of Amphi High School.