Meet the Candidate
Running For:Board of Supervisors
Occupation:Former Business Executive, Sr. Trump Administration Official and Arizona Corporation Commissioner
Education:B.A. in Political Science, Appalachian State University
Doug Little is a conservative Republican candidate for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (District 2). He has lived in the District for over 23 years. Little was formerly the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental and External Affairs for the US Department of Energy during the Trump Administration.
Prior to the Department of Energy, Little served as a Commissioner at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). He was Chairman of the Commission from January to December 2016.
Little was a board member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the Western Conference of Public Utility Commissioners and the Western Interstate Energy Board.
Prior to being elected to the ACC, Little was active in Republican politics, serving as Chairman of LD23 for over 2 years. He was also a State Committeeman and a Precinct Committeeman.
Doug supports fiscal responsibility in government, lower taxes, strong economic growth, secure borders and the right to life. He is a strong proponent of fair and free elections and supports Voter ID.
He has been an active NRA Instructor since 2003 and is a Life Member of the NRA.
He and his wife Linda have lived in Scottsdale since 1998.
I am pursuing this office out of a sincere desire to continue to perform public service for the district and state that has been my home for over 23 years. After a successful business career of over 30 years, I wanted to give something back. I have engaged in public service for over 6 years and would like to continue that service as a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. I would like to make clear that I have no ambition for higher office beyond this role, nor do I have any other outside employment. This position would be a full-time position for me, to which I would devote significant time and attention.
As someone who formerly held statewide office, I am no stranger to the challenges faced by those who hold public office. I have repeatedly demonstrated that, when necessary, I can support and defend decisions that are the right thing to do but may not be politically popular with certain special interests. I have not and will not compromise vital principles in the interest of political expediency. That is simply not in my DNA.
In conclusion, demonstrating leadership is a choice each of us make every day. I have a proven track record of leading by example at both the Arizona Corporation Commission and the US Department of Energy. I also believe that public officials should be held to a higher standard of behavior because of the great responsibility that has been entrusted to them by their constituents. If elected, I would embrace this leadership role and endeavor to serve the people of Maricopa County and the State of Arizona with the highest levels of honesty, integrity, and transparency.
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|1. Denying government funding to "sanctuary cities" that do not comply with federal immigration laws||S|
|2. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy||S|
|3. Expanding background checks to include guns purchased from private individuals||O*||In Arizona, background checks, by law, are not a requirement for private party firearms transfers.|
|4. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that provides, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion||O|
|5. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother||O*||This is a far more nuanced issue than the question presents it to be. I am opposed to abortion. However, exceptions for rape, incest and situations when the mother's life is endangered are appropriate.|
|6. Providing tax breaks to certain industries over others||O|
|7. Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination ordinances||-*||Again, this is a far more nuanced issue than the question presents. I am opposed to discrimination in any form. As Americans, we should protect every individual no matter who they are. No one should be discriminated against for simply being themselves.|
|8. Protecting a parent's right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome||-*||This question is poorly constructed. If minor children are experiencing confusion with same-sex attraction or gender identify issues, then certainly parents should be involved in the discussion and be able to seek professional counseling for their child to help them.|
|9. Setting minimum wage above the state minimum wage||S*||In my view, the state minimum wage sets the floor for compensation in the workplace. Businesses should be free to pay a higher wage based on their needs and the demands of the marketplace, should they believe it is appropriate or necessary.|
|10. Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their conscience||S*||As someone who spent many years in business, and was formerly a business owner, I tried to provide equal access to everyone for my goods and services. However, I do not believe that anyone should be forced to provide goods and services in a situation that would compromise their moral, ethical or religious beliefs.|
|11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health||S|
|12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities||O*||As a former Arizona Corporation Commissioner and a senior official at the US Department of Energy, I have seen strong, empirical evidence that retail competition in the electric power industry only benefits large commercial and industrial customers. It DOES NOT benefit individual rate payers. Consumers end up paying higher rates and receive less reliable service.|