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ISSUES
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Health Ross - Healthcare
Healthcare
Healthcare in the United States is a wicked problem: a labyrinth of public and private payers and bureaucratic policies that nearly defies understanding. There is no one simple fix for healthcare. 

That’s why we need experts who understand the complex system to work together with a short-term goal to provide affordable universal coverage today and a long-term plan to build a comprehensive system to take care of all Americans in the future. 
Heather Ross - Security
Security
America is built on three unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While we strive to be a leader among nations, unfortunately America has enemies – domestic and abroad – who would seek to deprive us of these rights. 

I will fight for a strong national security strategy including diplomacy, military, and cybersecurity to protect the rights of all Americans at home and abroad and to support our critical allies around the world. 
Heather Ross - Education
Education
Education is the cornerstone of America’s future: Access to high-quality education and training for 21st century jobs should not be a privilege reserved for the wealthy. Education and training are the key ingredients to accessing good jobs that will ensure a strong middle-class and a strong America. 

Education starts with robust public education options, with effective, dedicated, and valued teachers in high-quality classrooms in every school district, teaching our future citizen-leaders to build vibrant and effective communities.
Heather Ross - Security
Middle East and Israel
I am grateful to be a citizen of a country that is built on religious tolerance and freedom. Many Americans trace their religious heritage to the Middle East, a region that is full of rich history, vibrant innovation, valuable strategic partnerships for America’s economy and security, and unfortunately deep political unrest with global security implications. Smart and strategic relationships with allies in the Middle East are critical to securing America’s present and future. 

Israel is a major strategic ally for the United States and the only stable democracy in the Middle East. As a member of Congress, I look forward to deepening and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship and continuing to develop strategic alliances across the Middle East.
Health Ross - Healthcare
Healthcare
Healthcare in the United States is a wicked problem: a labyrinth of public and private payers and bureaucratic policies that nearly defies understanding. There is no one simple fix for healthcare. 

That’s why we need experts who understand the complex system to work together with a short-term goal to provide affordable universal coverage today and a long-term plan to build a comprehensive system to take care of all Americans in the future.
Heather Ross - Security
Security
America is built on three unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While we strive to be a leader among nations, unfortunately America has enemies – domestic and abroad – who would seek to deprive us of these rights. 

I will fight for a strong national security strategy including diplomacy, military, and cybersecurity to protect the rights of all Americans at home and abroad and to support our critical allies around the world.
Heather Ross - Education
Education
Education is the cornerstone of America’s future: Access to high-quality education and training for 21st century jobs should not be a privilege reserved for the wealthy. Education and training are the key ingredients to accessing good jobs that will ensure a strong middle-class and a strong America. 

Education starts with robust public education options, with effective, dedicated, and valued teachers in high-quality classrooms in every school district, teaching our future citizen-leaders to build vibrant and effective communities.
Heather Ross - Education
Middle East and Israel
I am grateful to be a citizen of a country that is built on religious tolerance and freedom. Many Americans trace their religious heritage to the Middle East, a region that is full of rich history, vibrant innovation, valuable strategic partnerships for America’s economy and security, and unfortunately deep political unrest with global security implications.

Smart and strategic relationships with allies in the Middle East are critical to securing America’s present and future. Israel is a major strategic ally for the United States and the only stable democracy in the Middle East. As a member of Congress, I look forward to deepening and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship and continuing to develop strategic alliances across the Middle East.
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meet heather
Dr. Heather M. Ross, PhD, DNP
Dr. Heather M. Ross, PhD, DNP
Dr. Heather M. Ross, PhD, DNP
Since the 2016 election, Congress worked to pass legislation designed to take affordable healthcare and good jobs away from millions of Americans. That’s when Heather Ross knew she had to bring real-world sensibility to a broken Congress and ensure that all Americans have access to future opportunities. Access to world-class education and training for 21st century jobs is the cornerstone to America’s future as a world leader. That is why Heather’s running for Congress: To bring real world sensibility, science, and caring to Washington and to do the hard work for our country’s future.  

Dr. Heather Ross is a Nurse Practitioner, Professor, and Scientist who unites science, technology, and caring to make people’s lives better. She is running for U.S. Congress to bring her real-world experience and work ethic to the House of Representatives to heal our broken government and build a positive future for Arizona and America.  

Heather was born in Phoenix and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, the oldest of four children. Heather’s father taught 4th and 5th grade at Lookout Mountain Elementary in Moon Valley, and Heather’s mother taught music at Scottsdale Community College and was the cantor at Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale. Heather attended public schools throughout her K-12 education and graduated with honors from Horizon High School at the age of 16. She was accepted at Yale University to study molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Heather and her parents took out loans, and she worked campus and summer jobs waiting tables and as an office assistant to pay for college. Before she left for school, Heather’s great grandmother came to live with her family as she became too frail to be on her own; the experience shaped Heather’s world view, and she ultimately changed her academic path to study religion with a focus on end-of-life decision-making.

This research, along with Heather’s love for science, steered her toward a career in healthcare, with a desire to help people at the bedside rather than in the research lab.  

After college, Heather pursued a nursing career at Boston College. There, she discovered a passion for cardiology that led to her career as a nurse practitioner to this day.

In 2004, Heather returned to Arizona, this time with her husband Mitch and their three daughters. They are active members of the Jewish community in Scottsdale.   

She joined Arizona Arrhythmia Consultants as a nurse practitioner in 2008. While caring for patients and raising her family with her husband, Heather earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology both at Arizona State University (ASU).   

Now as a professor at ASU, Heather directs a graduate program in professional ethics, hosts the Future Out Loud podcast, and mentors students to develop as leaders, advocates, and changemakers for their patients and communities.

As a research scientist in ASU’s Global Security Initiative, she works closely with researchers from across the university to develop efficient and effective wearable technology to improve people’s lives and national security.   

As an advocate and volunteer leader for healthcare organizations in cardiology and nursing, Heather’s work has focused on helping people navigate America’s complicated healthcare system and efforts to achieve healthcare reform.
meet heather
Dr. Heather M. Ross, PhD, DNP
Dr. Heather M. Ross, PhD, DNP
Dr. Heather M. Ross, PhD, DNP
Since the 2016 election, Congress worked to pass legislation designed to take affordable healthcare and good jobs away from millions of Americans. That’s when Heather Ross knew she had to bring real-world sensibility to a broken Congress and ensure that all Americans have access to future opportunities. Access to world-class education and training for 21st century jobs is the cornerstone to America’s future as a world leader. That is why Heather’s running for Congress: To bring real world sensibility, science, and caring to Washington and to do the hard work for our country’s future.  

Dr. Heather Ross is a Nurse Practitioner, Professor, and Scientist who unites science, technology, and caring to make people’s lives better. She is running for U.S. Congress to bring her real-world experience and work ethic to the House of Representatives to heal our broken government and build a positive future for Arizona and America.  

Heather was born in Phoenix and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, the oldest of four children. Heather’s father taught 4th and 5th grade at Lookout Mountain Elementary in Moon Valley, and Heather’s mother taught music at Scottsdale Community College and was the cantor at Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale. Heather attended public schools throughout her K-12 education and graduated with honors from Horizon High School at the age of 16. She was accepted at Yale University to study molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Heather and her parents took out loans, and she worked campus and summer jobs waiting tables and as an office assistant to pay for college. Before she left for school, Heather’s great grandmother came to live with her family as she became too frail to be on her own; the experience shaped Heather’s world view, and she ultimately changed her academic path to study religion with a focus on end-of-life decision-making.

This research, along with Heather’s love for science, steered her toward a career in healthcare, with a desire to help people at the bedside rather than in the research lab.  

After college, Heather pursued a nursing career at Boston College. There, she discovered a passion for cardiology that led to her career as a nurse practitioner to this day.

In 2004, Heather returned to Arizona, this time with her husband Mitch and their three daughters. They are active members of the Jewish community in Scottsdale.   

She joined Arizona Arrhythmia Consultants as a nurse practitioner in 2008. While caring for patients and raising her family with her husband, Heather earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology both at Arizona State University (ASU).   

Now as a professor at ASU, Heather directs a graduate program in professional ethics, hosts the Future Out Loud podcast, and mentors students to develop as leaders, advocates, and changemakers for their patients and communities.

As a research scientist in ASU’s Global Security Initiative, she works closely with researchers from across the university to develop efficient and effective wearable technology to improve people’s lives and national security.   

As an advocate and volunteer leader for healthcare organizations in cardiology and nursing, Heather’s work has focused on helping people navigate America’s complicated healthcare system and efforts to achieve healthcare reform.
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healthcare
Heather Ross - Healthcare
Healthcare in the United States is a wicked problem: a labyrinth of public and private payers and bureaucratic policies that nearly defies understanding. There is no one simple fix for healthcare. That’s why we need experts who understand the complex system to work together with a short-term goal to provide universal coverage today and a long-term plan to build a comprehensive system to take care of all Americans in the future. 

Our healthcare system in the United States has some of the best, brightest, and most innovative healthcare providers in the world delivering cutting-edge therapies. Our district is fortunate to include world-class hospitals performing vanguard research and offering quality care to enhance the lives of Arizona citizens and their families. A Mayo Clinic Phoenix heart transplant gave my friend Jeanne a new life, and the Honor Health Virginia G. Piper Cancer Care Network is helping my coworker’s 18-year-old daughter Brianna battle leukemia so that she can look forward to college and a bright future.

Yet, Americans pay more for healthcare than anywhere else in the world, and health outcomes in the United States lag behind those of other leading nations. For example, Americans pay some of the world’s highest prices for prescription drugs: 30 times more than people in the United Kingdom. But you don’t always get what you pay for. Americans die from treatable conditions 16% more often than the British despite the high price tags for care. Even with the tremendous gains in healthcare accessibility achieved by the Affordable Care Act, many Americans still face high deductibles and costs that pose significant economic risk. For many people, one trip to the emergency room – even with health insurance – could cost thousands of dollars and cause years of debt and financial instability. 

In short, the American healthcare system is both the pinnacle of biomedical science, technology, and professional practice, and in desperate need of reform.

Naturally, the United States looks to other nations with excellent healthcare outcomes for models for reform. Many of these models represent some form of a single-payer system with universal coverage. Some national systems also incorporate private insurance options for those who wish to pursue additional coverage. These models offer future promise for improving health outcomes for everyone in the United States. However, it is critically important to recognize that no single-payer system exists in a country the size of the United States, or with the kind of existing healthcare system that is in America today. Efforts to move to a single-payer system cannot be implemented at the snap of a finger. However, it is feasible – and critical – to take steps today toward universal healthcare coverage to improve America’s health, economic stability, and national security.

What does healthcare reform look like? I believe early efforts should focus on taking what works and expanding it. 

One simple way to reform healthcare, since Medicare was implemented a half century ago, it has improved health and reduced poverty for Americans over the age of 65. Based on the core concepts of insurance systems, it makes sense to allow younger Americans to opt-in to buying Medicare coverage starting at age 55. Medicare buy-in options would improve the function of Medicare as an insurance system by introducing younger and statistically healthier individuals into the coverage pool. Medicare buy-in would also improve private insurance markets by reducing the number of individuals with more chronic health conditions from the private market pool. Medicare buy-in offers a win-win across the insurance market.

I believe another opportunity would be to offer a Medicaid buy-in option. Arizona is a leader in Medicaid services, with our AHCCCS program recognized as the gold-standard model for Medicaid nationwide. Currently, Medicaid is available to lower-income Americans with individual contributions on a sliding-fee scale based on annual household income. Although Medicaid is not perfect, people with Medicaid coverage are generally satisfied with their healthcare, and experience significantly improved health compared to individuals who are uninsured. 

Since the Affordable Care Act was introduced, millions of Americans have benefited from access to preventive healthcare services including vision screenings that help kids succeed in school, and cancer screenings that save lives. These services make people’s lives better. When people are healthy, they contribute to our society and make America stronger. We need to fix the ACA, not scrap it for a complex formula that leaves millions of working Americans out in the cold.

In addition to fixing and improving healthcare coverage, we need to address the high costs of prescription medications that plague Americans with acute and chronic healthcare needs. As a nurse practitioner caring for people with chronic health conditions, I have seen countless patients who struggle to afford the medicines that keep them alive. No one should have to choose between paying for medicine and paying for food. Similarly, public health systems should not have to ration access to new therapies for vulnerable populations due to extreme pricing of new medications. At the same time, no one wants to stifle innovation by restricting biomedical technology firms’ ability to do cutting-edge research and development. We need smart solutions to control costs and maximize outcomes for patients and innovators alike. If we bring together the best and the brightest from all sectors of healthcare innovation and delivery to focus on the future, we can build and implement those smart solutions to benefit all Americans.

Finally, as important as ensuring affordable access to care, healthcare reform must tackle the problem of administrative burden on our nation’s healthcare providers so that they can step away from the computer and return their focus to the patient, delivering high-quality evidence-based care to help people lead healthy and productive lives.

The bottom line? Our healthcare system needs healing. As a Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, and Professor I’m ready to do the hard work to take care of America’s health today and make us better for the future.
healthcare
Healthcare in the United States is a wicked problem: a labyrinth of public and private payers and bureaucratic policies that nearly defies understanding. There is no one simple fix for healthcare. That’s why we need experts who understand the complex system to work together with a short-term goal to provide universal coverage today and a long-term plan to build a comprehensive system to take care of all Americans in the future. 

Our healthcare system in the United States has some of the best, brightest, and most innovative healthcare providers in the world delivering cutting-edge therapies. Our district is fortunate to include world-class hospitals performing vanguard research and offering quality care to enhance the lives of Arizona citizens and their families. A Mayo Clinic Phoenix heart transplant gave my friend Jeanne a new life, and the Honor Health Virginia G. Piper Cancer Care Network is helping my coworker’s 18-year-old daughter Brianna battle leukemia so that she can look forward to college and a bright future.

Yet, Americans pay more for healthcare than anywhere else in the world, and health outcomes in the United States lag behind those of other leading nations. For example, Americans pay some of the world’s highest prices for prescription drugs: 30 times more than people in the United Kingdom. But you don’t always get what you pay for. Americans die from treatable conditions 16% more often than the British despite the high price tags for care. Even with the tremendous gains in healthcare accessibility achieved by the Affordable Care Act, many Americans still face high deductibles and costs that pose significant economic risk. For many people, one trip to the emergency room – even with health insurance – could cost thousands of dollars and cause years of debt and financial instability. 

In short, the American healthcare system is both the pinnacle of biomedical science, technology, and professional practice, and in desperate need of reform.

Naturally, the United States looks to other nations with excellent healthcare outcomes for models for reform. Many of these models represent some form of a single-payer system with universal coverage. Some national systems also incorporate private insurance options for those who wish to pursue additional coverage. These models offer future promise for improving health outcomes for everyone in the United States. However, it is critically important to recognize that no single-payer system exists in a country the size of the United States, or with the kind of existing healthcare system that is in America today. Efforts to move to a single-payer system cannot be implemented at the snap of a finger. However, it is feasible – and critical – to take steps today toward universal healthcare coverage to improve America’s health, economic stability, and national security.

What does healthcare reform look like? I believe early efforts should focus on taking what works and expanding it. 

One simple way to reform healthcare, since Medicare was implemented a half century ago, it has improved health and reduced poverty for Americans over the age of 65. Based on the core concepts of insurance systems, it makes sense to allow younger Americans to opt-in to buying Medicare coverage starting at age 55. Medicare buy-in options would improve the function of Medicare as an insurance system by introducing younger and statistically healthier individuals into the coverage pool. Medicare buy-in would also improve private insurance markets by reducing the number of individuals with more chronic health conditions from the private market pool. Medicare buy-in offers a win-win across the insurance market.

I believe another opportunity would be to offer a Medicaid buy-in option. Arizona is a leader in Medicaid services, with our AHCCCS program recognized as the gold-standard model for Medicaid nationwide. Currently, Medicaid is available to lower-income Americans with individual contributions on a sliding-fee scale based on annual household income. Although Medicaid is not perfect, people with Medicaid coverage are generally satisfied with their healthcare, and experience significantly improved health compared to individuals who are uninsured. 

Since the Affordable Care Act was introduced, millions of Americans have benefited from access to preventive healthcare services including vision screenings that help kids succeed in school, and cancer screenings that save lives. These services make people’s lives better. When people are healthy, they contribute to our society and make America stronger. We need to fix the ACA, not scrap it for a complex formula that leaves millions of working Americans out in the cold.

In addition to fixing and improving healthcare coverage, we need to address the high costs of prescription medications that plague Americans with acute and chronic healthcare needs. As a nurse practitioner caring for people with chronic health conditions, I have seen countless patients who struggle to afford the medicines that keep them alive. No one should have to choose between paying for medicine and paying for food. Similarly, public health systems should not have to ration access to new therapies for vulnerable populations due to extreme pricing of new medications. At the same time, no one wants to stifle innovation by restricting biomedical technology firms’ ability to do cutting-edge research and development. We need smart solutions to control costs and maximize outcomes for patients and innovators alike. If we bring together the best and the brightest from all sectors of healthcare innovation and delivery to focus on the future, we can build and implement those smart solutions to benefit all Americans.

Finally, as important as ensuring affordable access to care, healthcare reform must tackle the problem of administrative burden on our nation’s healthcare providers so that they can step away from the computer and return their focus to the patient, delivering high-quality evidence-based care to help people lead healthy and productive lives.

The bottom line? Our healthcare system needs healing. As a Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, and Professor I’m ready to do the hard work to take care of America’s health today and make us better for the future.
security
America is built on three unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While we strive to be a leader among nations, unfortunately America has enemies – domestic and abroad – who would seek to deprive us of these rights. I will fight for a strong national security strategy to protect the rights of all Americans at home and abroad and to support our critical allies around the world.    

Diplomacy Our first line of security must be diplomacy. As Secretary of Defense General James Mattis said, “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.” The single most important thing that we can do for our national security is to fund, train, and deploy a strong diplomatic corps to advance America’s interests abroad in cooperation with our allies. The State Department is a key part of our national strategy, and must be front and center in all national security efforts.    

Military Beyond diplomacy, national security has two pressing fronts: military and cyber. First, America must support military readiness to combat violent threats that we’re seeing all around the world like missile launches from North Korea, chemical attacks in Syria, car attacks in London and Barcelona, and mass shootings in Paris, San Bernardino, and Orlando.  

Military readiness is critical. We need accurate intelligence to find and stop terrorist attacks before they start. We owe our military – the men and women who make a commitment to serve our country in active duty, Reserves, and Guard – strong, tactical leadership to make well-informed decisions about when, where, and under what circumstances we deploy our troops.

In addition to strong leadership, we owe our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines the best equipment to improve their effectiveness and safety during and after their service. For example, I support the smart development of next-generation drone technologies to patrol and defend. As a researcher, I also work with biomedical engineers to develop sensors that can detect concussions immediately in order to get the correct treatment right away and avoid more lasting damage. I will continue to work hard to support our men and women in active duty, Reserves, and Guard during their service and after they come home.

Cybersecurity The second national security front is not on the battlefield, but all around us. We face a real and growing national threat of cyberattack at every level of American life, including military, public works, private enterprise, and individual security. We know that our election systems were hacked in 2016 by people trying to disrupt the very democracy that makes America a great country. Cyberattacks can come in the form of a pop-up window that asks you to sign into your email again, or a text message attachment that looks like it is from a friend at work. Researchers have even found a way to use DNA – the basic ingredients for life – to launch a cyberattack that can take over a computer system. Cyberattacks threaten America every day. 

We must modernize our defense against cyberattack. Right now, we still have a Cold War mentality where the U.S. battles a foreign adversary. Cyberattacks from our enemies have moved beyond the Cold War, and we’re not adjusting fast enough to the challenges, threats, and opportunities.

As a security researcher, I know that we need to protect individual privacy while also protecting our national security. I propose a comprehensive national cybersecurity plan that includes education for every American about digital privacy and security so that citizens can protect themselves from attacks to their identity and security. I also support advanced training programs for the best and brightest cybersecurity specialists to work in public and private sectors, including military, intelligence, and counterintelligence agencies, to protect our national interests from cyberattack. Finally, I propose strong cooperation between public and private entities to protect America from cyberattack worldwide.    

The bottom line? National security is a priority for America at home and abroad. I support a smart, modern approach for diplomacy, military, and cybersecurity readiness to protect and defend American values.
security
America is built on three unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While we strive to be a leader among nations, unfortunately America has enemies – domestic and abroad – who would seek to deprive us of these rights. I will fight for a strong national security strategy to protect the rights of all Americans at home and abroad and to support our critical allies around the world.    

Diplomacy Our first line of security must be diplomacy. As Secretary of Defense General James Mattis said, “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.” The single most important thing that we can do for our national security is to fund, train, and deploy a strong diplomatic corps to advance America’s interests abroad in cooperation with our allies. The State Department is a key part of our national strategy, and must be front and center in all national security efforts.    

Military Beyond diplomacy, national security has two pressing fronts: military and cyber. First, America must support military readiness to combat violent threats that we’re seeing all around the world like missile launches from North Korea, chemical attacks in Syria, car attacks in London and Barcelona, and mass shootings in Paris, San Bernardino, and Orlando.  

Military readiness is critical. We need accurate intelligence to find and stop terrorist attacks before they start. We owe our military – the men and women who make a commitment to serve our country in active duty, Reserves, and Guard – strong, tactical leadership to make well-informed decisions about when, where, and under what circumstances we deploy our troops.

In addition to strong leadership, we owe our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines the best equipment to improve their effectiveness and safety during and after their service. For example, I support the smart development of next-generation drone technologies to patrol and defend. As a researcher, I also work with biomedical engineers to develop sensors that can detect concussions immediately in order to get the correct treatment right away and avoid more lasting damage. I will continue to work hard to support our men and women in active duty, Reserves, and Guard during their service and after they come home.

Cybersecurity The second national security front is not on the battlefield, but all around us. We face a real and growing national threat of cyberattack at every level of American life, including military, public works, private enterprise, and individual security. We know that our election systems were hacked in 2016 by people trying to disrupt the very democracy that makes America a great country. Cyberattacks can come in the form of a pop-up window that asks you to sign into your email again, or a text message attachment that looks like it is from a friend at work. Researchers have even found a way to use DNA – the basic ingredients for life – to launch a cyberattack that can take over a computer system. Cyberattacks threaten America every day. 

We must modernize our defense against cyberattack. Right now, we still have a Cold War mentality where the U.S. battles a foreign adversary. Cyberattacks from our enemies have moved beyond the Cold War, and we’re not adjusting fast enough to the challenges, threats, and opportunities.

As a security researcher, I know that we need to protect individual privacy while also protecting our national security. I propose a comprehensive national cybersecurity plan that includes education for every American about digital privacy and security so that citizens can protect themselves from attacks to their identity and security. I also support advanced training programs for the best and brightest cybersecurity specialists to work in public and private sectors, including military, intelligence, and counterintelligence agencies, to protect our national interests from cyberattack. Finally, I propose strong cooperation between public and private entities to protect America from cyberattack worldwide.    

The bottom line? National security is a priority for America at home and abroad. I support a smart, modern approach for diplomacy, military, and cybersecurity readiness to protect and defend American values.
education
Heather Ross - Education
Education is the cornerstone of America’s future: Access to high-quality education and training for 21st century jobs should not be a privilege reserved for the wealthy. 

Education and training are the key ingredients to accessing good jobs that will ensure a strong middle-class and a strong America. Education starts with robust public education options, with effective, dedicated, and valued teachers in high-quality classrooms in every school district, teaching our future citizen-leaders to build vibrant and effective communities.

Education –from science and technology to arts and business – is central to good jobs and business investments, the dual linchpins of the American dream. Good jobs rely on investments by corporations and business owners in every industry to locate operations—whether manufacturing, service, research, or creative—in our communities as part of the local fabric.

Arizona is known for state legislators who strive to be business-friendly and Congressional Representatives who prioritize business interests in Washington. However, despite this business-friendly environment, we aren’t keeping up with the rest of the country when it comes to high-tech jobs for the 21st century. 

According to a 2016 report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Arizona’s 6th Congressional district is on par with other similar districts with regard to high-tech employment, but we lag behind other economically similar districts nationwide when it comes to high tech patents, manufacturing, and service exports. Despite having ASU, the #1 school for innovation just down the road and the 6th highest statewide concentration of STEM-educated workers, we don’t have the best high-tech jobs in our district, and we aren’t attracting new companies in fields like medical device technology. Basically, our current leadership is not preparing our district for a productive future.

As an educator, I know that there is plenty of work to be done at local, state, and national levels. Federally, I will promote affordable access to college education so that every American can make the choice to pursue higher education. I will also prioritize job training for high-tech 21st century jobs in all sectors, including high-tech service and manufacturing, cybersecurity, and energy innovation. It is time for us to stop focusing on 19th century jobs in coal mines. We can stop worrying about technology taking jobs away from people, and start to focus on using technology to make work better.
MIDDLE EAST AND ISRAEL
Heather Ross - Education
I am grateful to be a citizen of a country that is built on religious tolerance and freedom. Many Americans trace their religious heritage to the Middle East, a region that is full of rich history, vibrant innovation, valuable strategic partnerships for America’s economy and security, and unfortunately deep political unrest with global security implications. Smart and strategic relationships with allies in the Middle East are critical to securing America’s present and future.

Israel is a major strategic ally for the United States and the only stable democracy in the Middle East. Israel is also the home to world-class education, groundbreaking technology innovation, cutting-edge medical care, provocative art, priceless culture, and beloved family and friends. As a member of Congress, I look forward to deepening and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship and continuing to develop strategic alliances across the Middle East.

I support Israel’s right to exist and defend itself. I support the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with Israel during the Obama administration that provides crucial military assistance and funding, allowing Israel to maintain and improve its qualitative military edge in the Middle East. As Congresswoman, I will vote to fulfill the MOU by supporting appropriations of at least $3.3 billion per year in foreign aid as well as $500 million per year in missile defense funding.

From every border and beyond, Israel continues to face extraordinary threats to its safety and security; those threats are inimical to US interests. Israel is constantly under siege from the threat of Hamas and other extremist groups in Gaza, to Hezbollah, ISIS and the al-Nusra Front in the North, to the threat that Iran continues to pose with its menacing ballistic missile program and the instability it seeks to sow throughout the region. These are not only threats to Israel; they are threats to global stability and particularly threats to American interests.

Israel must never feel alone. Israel needs support and American leadership now more than ever. It is my conviction that Iran should never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon. The United States should continue to vigilantly enforce Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, implemented during the Obama administration. At the same time, the United States must also implement sanctions on Iran’s activities that fall outside of the scope of the nuclear deal. Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement should not draw our attention away from its continued sponsorship of terrorist organizations like Hezbollah that pose a grave threat to Israel and across the Middle East.

The United States ought to play a strong role in helping to guide the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. I support a two-state solution that provides Israel the safety and security they deserve to live peacefully as a Jewish, democratic state. At the same time, such a solution would provide the Palestinian people a demilitarized country that fulfills their own nationalistic dreams and affords Palestinian families a safe and nurturing place to raise peaceful generations of world citizens. This goal will require both sides to make real sacrifices, renounce violence, and recognize that a tortured history does not have to shadow a bright future.

One of the largest impediments to a two-state solution is continued Palestinian incitement to violence. Ongoing violence is a destabilizing factor in the region. Not only does violence lead to loss of life, Palestinian incitement to violence does a disservice to the Palestinian people, since incitement breeds mistrust from Israelis and prevents the two sides from coming together. Similarly, I condemn violent attacks by Israelis that only deepen mistrust from Palestinians and raise roadblocks to peace. As a Member of Congress, I will support efforts to pressure the Palestinian and Israeli leadership to speak out against violence and commit to cultivating a new generation that embraces tolerance and peace.

The constant campaign to de-legitimize Israel represents another obstacle to the establishment of two states for two peoples. Efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel detract from efforts to establish peace, since these campaigns often make it harder for Israel to take the necessary risks for peace. I support every American’s right to free speech. However, those who participate in the BDS movement should understand that efforts to de-legitimize Israel is counterproductive and only empowers those who seek to marginalize the two-state solution.

Israel is a sacred place for not just American Jews, but Christians and Muslims alike. Israel remains a free place for women, minorities, and LGBTQ individuals. In a region of the world that is lacking in progressive ideals, Israel remains a key ally, the only stable ally in the Middle East that shares our American values of freedom, democracy, and equality.

At a time when Israel faces unprecedented threats, it is equally daunting to consider the threats that Jews and other religious minorities face worldwide, and here at home. I am disgusted that in 2017, over 70 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, hatred and threats against Jews and other racial and ethnic minorities continue to rear their ugly head. I unequivocally condemn the hateful attacks on religious and cultural communities, including cemetery vandalism, bomb threats, violent physical attacks, and the resurgence of neo-Nazi groups, that have taken place in the past several months. Such despicable acts of extremism are unacceptable. Period.

I am committed to upholding the civil and human rights of all Americans regardless of race, religion, or creed. I am proud to be a Board member of the Arizona Anti-Defamation League that works tirelessly to secure justice and fair treatment for all – in Arizona and around the world. I believe we cannot watch the alarming spike in hateful activity without seeing in it our president’s refusal to strongly condemn his anti-Semitic supporters and the hate groups that have been empowered by his rhetoric. As a member of Congress, I plan to fight anti-Semitism – whether from the political right or the political left.
education
Education is the cornerstone of America’s future: Access to high-quality education and training for 21st century jobs should not be a privilege reserved for the wealthy. 

Education and training are the key ingredients to accessing good jobs that will ensure a strong middle-class and a strong America. Education starts with robust public education options, with effective, dedicated, and valued teachers in high-quality classrooms in every school district, teaching our future citizen-leaders to build vibrant and effective communities.

Education –from science and technology to arts and business – is central to good jobs and business investments, the dual linchpins of the American dream. Good jobs rely on investments by corporations and business owners in every industry to locate operations—whether manufacturing, service, research, or creative—in our communities as part of the local fabric.

Arizona is known for state legislators who strive to be business-friendly and Congressional Representatives who prioritize business interests in Washington. However, despite this business-friendly environment, we aren’t keeping up with the rest of the country when it comes to high-tech jobs for the 21st century. 

According to a 2016 report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Arizona’s 6th Congressional district is on par with other similar districts with regard to high-tech employment, but we lag behind other economically similar districts nationwide when it comes to high tech patents, manufacturing, and service exports. Despite having ASU, the #1 school for innovation just down the road and the 6th highest statewide concentration of STEM-educated workers, we don’t have the best high-tech jobs in our district, and we aren’t attracting new companies in fields like medical device technology. Basically, our current leadership is not preparing our district for a productive future.

As an educator, I know that there is plenty of work to be done at local, state, and national levels. Federally, I will promote affordable access to college education so that every American can make the choice to pursue higher education. I will also prioritize job training for high-tech 21st century jobs in all sectors, including high-tech service and manufacturing, cybersecurity, and energy innovation. It is time for us to stop focusing on 19th century jobs in coal mines. We can stop worrying about technology taking jobs away from people, and start to focus on using technology to make work better.
MIDDLE EAST AND ISRAEL 
I am grateful to be a citizen of a country that is built on religious tolerance and freedom. Many Americans trace their religious heritage to the Middle East, a region that is full of rich history, vibrant innovation, valuable strategic partnerships for America’s economy and security, and unfortunately deep political unrest with global security implications. Smart and strategic relationships with allies in the Middle East are critical to securing America’s present and future.

Israel is a major strategic ally for the United States and the only stable democracy in the Middle East. Israel is also the home to world-class education, groundbreaking technology innovation, cutting-edge medical care, provocative art, priceless culture, and beloved family and friends. As a member of Congress, I look forward to deepening and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship and continuing to develop strategic alliances across the Middle East.

I support Israel’s right to exist and defend itself. I support the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with Israel during the Obama administration that provides crucial military assistance and funding, allowing Israel to maintain and improve its qualitative military edge in the Middle East. As Congresswoman, I will vote to fulfill the MOU by supporting appropriations of at least $3.3 billion per year in foreign aid as well as $500 million per year in missile defense funding.

From every border and beyond, Israel continues to face extraordinary threats to its safety and security; those threats are inimical to US interests. Israel is constantly under siege from the threat of Hamas and other extremist groups in Gaza, to Hezbollah, ISIS and the al-Nusra Front in the North, to the threat that Iran continues to pose with its menacing ballistic missile program and the instability it seeks to sow throughout the region. These are not only threats to Israel; they are threats to global stability and particularly threats to American interests.

Israel must never feel alone. Israel needs support and American leadership now more than ever. It is my conviction that Iran should never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon. The United States should continue to vigilantly enforce Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, implemented during the Obama administration. At the same time, the United States must also implement sanctions on Iran’s activities that fall outside of the scope of the nuclear deal. Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement should not draw our attention away from its continued sponsorship of terrorist organizations like Hezbollah that pose a grave threat to Israel and across the Middle East.

The United States ought to play a strong role in helping to guide the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. I support a two-state solution that provides Israel the safety and security they deserve to live peacefully as a Jewish, democratic state. At the same time, such a solution would provide the Palestinian people a demilitarized country that fulfills their own nationalistic dreams and affords Palestinian families a safe and nurturing place to raise peaceful generations of world citizens. This goal will require both sides to make real sacrifices, renounce violence, and recognize that a tortured history does not have to shadow a bright future.

The constant campaign to de-legitimize Israel represents another obstacle to the establishment of two states for two peoples. Efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel detract from efforts to establish peace, since these campaigns often make it harder for Israel to take the necessary risks for peace. I support every American’s right to free speech. However, those who participate in the BDS movement should understand that efforts to de-legitimize Israel is counterproductive and only empowers those who seek to marginalize the two-state solution.

Israel is a sacred place for not just American Jews, but Christians and Muslims alike. Israel remains a free place for women, minorities, and LGBTQ individuals. In a region of the world that is lacking in progressive ideals, Israel remains a key ally, the only stable ally in the Middle East that shares our American values of freedom, democracy, and equality.

At a time when Israel faces unprecedented threats, it is equally daunting to consider the threats that Jews and other religious minorities face worldwide, and here at home. I am disgusted that in 2017, over 70 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, hatred and threats against Jews and other racial and ethnic minorities continue to rear their ugly head. I unequivocally condemn the hateful attacks on religious and cultural communities, including cemetery vandalism, bomb threats, violent physical attacks, and the resurgence of neo-Nazi groups, that have taken place in the past several months. Such despicable acts of extremism are unacceptable. Period.

I am committed to upholding the civil and human rights of all Americans regardless of race, religion, or creed. I am proud to be a Board member of the Arizona Anti-Defamation League that works tirelessly to secure justice and fair treatment for all – in Arizona and around the world. I believe we cannot watch the alarming spike in hateful activity without seeing in it our president’s refusal to strongly condemn his anti-Semitic supporters and the hate groups that have been empowered by his rhetoric. As a member of Congress, I plan to fight anti-Semitism – whether from the political right or the political left.
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