Ed Cocchiola

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Arizona House of Representatives
Political Affiliation:
Retired Construction Worker
Saint Judith University / DM
I'm a very proud 1st generation American son of an Italian immigrant who fought in WWI. I have three children and a grandchild.
To join and serve the great people of Arizona in upholding the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights through the office of the Arizona House of Representatives and to strengthen the Republican party.


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Expanding background checks to include guns purchased from private individuals. O* As a 54 year life member of the NRA, I support Americans right to keep and bear arms with less, not more government involvement.
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. O
3. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother. S* Regarding the mother's life: Is it medically possible to bring the child to viability before removing it from the mother's body?
4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams. O
5. Providing state funding or referrals to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion. O
6. Reforming the Arizona tax code to enact a flat income tax rate. S* I support reducing the tax burden of Arizonans.
7. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable their children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy. S* Because parents know and love their children best, I trust and support them to make the best choice for their children.
8. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. O
9. 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. S* Parents know and love their children more than anyone else so their rights as parents must be protected.
10. Requiring public schools to teach comprehensive sex education. O* I support a parent's right to choose what their children learn and when.
11. Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs. S* Business owners don't relinquish their Constitutional rights as individuals when they open a business. Remember 'No shirt. No shoes. No service.'? Same concept here.
12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities. S* Americans benefit and industries thrive in a competitive atmosphere.