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U.S. Senate: Rodney Glassman
Name: Rodney Glassman
Office running for: U.S. Senate, Arizona
Political experience: Legislative Assistant for Congressman Raul Grijalva, D-Yuma, with a focus on business and agriculture. Glassman also served as Vice Mayor of the City of Tucson, with a total of two and a half years on the City Council.
Family: Glassman and wife of one year Sasha are expecting a baby girl in November.
Please describe your platform:
“Working for Arizona’s Future.” That means a focus on jobs, money for education, supporting veterans and putting Arizona first.
If elected, what is your first priority?
Bringing jobs to Arizona. Glassman also said he wants to bring more of the Federal tax dollars back to the state. The average state receives $45 per resident, he said. Glassman said Arizona receives $15 per person.
“So it’s about having a U.S. Senator that brings money home,” Glassman said.
He also said he would work to bring solar and renewable energy to Arizona, with an emphasis on Southern Arizona.
Who do you think is your biggest challenger and why?
For an opponent, Glassman said McCain is a challenger because of his prior experience.
“He’s been in Washington for nearly four decades; he’s part of the establishment,” Glassman said. “I’m the only candidate talking about the future of Arizona.”
What would you do to achieve more transparency in government, and should government officials be in charge of managing those efforts?
Glassman said one way he would help ensure transparency in government would be to connect with Arizonans, where the current Congressman does not do a good job at returning constituent phone calls and e-mails. “He’s like Halley’s Comet,” Glassman said. “Instead of coming every 76 years, it’s every six.”
What do you think is the biggest challenge right now facing Yumans, and Arizonans?
Glassman said the biggest challenges facing Arizonans is (lack of) jobs and the economy.
What is one of your strength? Weaknesses (something you’d like to improve upon)?
Glassman said his biggest strength is his energy/youth and ability to bring people together. As for a weakness, Glassman said his is that he is not the establishment candidate.
What is one thing that you want voters to know?
“This year, for the first time in decades, (voters) have a choice for a U.S. Senate candidate committed to jobs, education, veterans and putting Arizona first,” Glassman said.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
For more information about the Glassman campaign, visit www.rodneyglassman.com.