Meet the Candidate
Running For:Secretary of State
Education:Bachelor’s Degree Grand Canyon University in State and Local Public Policy, summa cum laude, Master’s degree University of Arizona, Jae’s Rogers Law School, Law and Economics cum laude, Six Sigma Certified Process Engineer.
Born and raised in Michigan, Mark Finchem served 21-years with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, while at the same time operating a small ranch/farm operation just outside of Kalamazoo. He moved to Tucson upon retirement in 1999. In 2014 he was elected to the State House of Representatives, and has served for eight years. Mark has a consistent voting record for pro life, pro family, and pro civil rights legislation. He is a constitutional scholar and nationally recognized advocate for election integrity.
After observing the lawlessness, incompetence, and criminality in the 2020 elections in Arizona, and knowing the law, some of which I have voted to enact, it became clear that a strong leader is needed to change the culture of the Secretary of State office. Elections belong to the people, not the government. I’m running for the office to restore public confidence in or elections, and to hold those who seek to game the system accountable.
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|1. Expanding background checks to include guns purchased from private individuals.||O|
|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|
|4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.||O|
|5. Providing state funding to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion.||O|
|6. 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|
|7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide.||O|
|8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues.||S|
|9. 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|
|10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code.||S|
|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.||-*||Of course I support the lowest cost, highest efficiency electric service delivery system. I’ve not seen a model yet that protects the public from what we saw in Texas two winters ago where people died because of service interruption.|