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Steele happy with first team, ready for second

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 4:35 pm

Seeking re-election, Democrat Rep. Victoria Steele faces Republican Rep. Ethan Orr and newcomer Democrat Randall Friese.

With two seats open, Steele is running on her first-term record, which includes voting for Medicaid expansion, helped pass laws improving public safety and secured funds to help teenagers struggling with mental illness.

In the Voter Education Guide, Steele said, “As a teacher, the Arizona Education Association endorsed me because I am dedicated to restoring funding for public schools and universities so our children can compete for the jobs of tomorrow.”

In some of her priorities, Steele will continue pushing for full funding of public education, with goals to focus on bullying prevention.

When it comes to the Arizona economy, Steele focuses  on creating a sustainable workforce in Arizona.

As a ranking member of the State House Transportation Committee, Steele believes the state should be focusing on fixing roads and infrastructure as well as working on the state’s public-transportation system.

According to the website, the Steele “has proven conclusively that she can work across the aisle successfully. She worked with members of both parties to get an appropriations of a quarter of a million dollars into the State Budget for the Mental Health First Aid program. After an effective inaugural year at the State House, Representative Steele’s experience in committees ranges from being the Ranking Democrat on the Transportation committee to being a member on the Health and Insurance & Retirement committees. Victoria is also actively involved in the Tourism, Native American and Latino Caucuses.

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