Diaz, Lupe

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State House
District:
19
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
520-686-0490
Age:
65
Occupation:
Pastor / Minister of the Gospel
Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Theology / 34 years of ministry
Biographical Info:

I grew up around the mining industry and on a small quarter and appaloosa horse ranch in Bisbee AZ. The mine provided our family a good life and we were able to afford the horse stables.

I went to work at Fort Huachuca on a Worker Trainee program, where I learned building maintenance before eventually making my way up to contract compliance officer. During my time at Fort Huachuca, I was saved and gained an intense interest in Biblical Theology and the Christian life. Eventually, when the time came for me to take a different job within civil service, I chose instead to pursue my calling as a full-time pastor.

In 1988 I received a call to pastor a small rural church in Benson, AZ. Today, the church has grown considerably and I am still the lead pastor at Grace Chapel Benson. In 1998 we opened Grace Christian Academy and I still serve as the administrator of the academy.

God called me to reach out to my community where I served as president to the Benson /San Pedro Valley Chamber of Commerce for two terms (4 years), and four years as a City Councilman.

I now currently serve as your AZ House Representative for District 19 (former LD 14). I was sworn in when I took the Oath of Office on November 17, 2020.

My service as the Chaplain to the Legislative District 14 helped with my decision to take this seat. Hearing the Legislative reports, the stump speeches and what the constituents were concerned about, month after month for ten years, I was familiar with the issues. Serving on the City Council I was familiar with legislation.

It was in August 2020 that Representative Becky Nutt came to me and asked me personally if I would consider replacing her at the House as Representative. After much prayer, consulting with my family, church, council members, and the organizations I serve, I decided to step into her seat.

After serving as Pastor of a church, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Council member and now, a State Legislator I continue to be your best candidate for House of Representative for District 19.

Statement:

I am running for office to secure the future of our grandchildren and greatgrandchildren in the State of Arizona. I will do this by holding the line for Christian Constitutional Conservative values from and against the liberal left that is wanting to destroy our God given freedoms and principles. I want to help establish the freedom to worship and have faith in God, help protect and establish biblical marriage and family, and to know that we were created to be free, responsible and to be fulfilled in life as God has gifted it to us. I want to take education back from the liberals, get rid of any Marxist, socialistic, communistic from schools and our country. We need to up hold the Bible, US Constitution and our Arizona Constitution as sacred documents to live life by. I want to see the blessing of God in our Country and State. There is only one way to do this is to follow the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Mathew 28:18-20)

Emphases on teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.

This is why I am running.

Endorsements:

AZ Free Enterprise Club,
Arizona Chamber of Commerce,

National Federation of Independent Business,

Arizona Chamber of Commerce

Survey

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* The constitution does not require this. I oppose this. Background checks and registration of guns is one way for the government to know who has guns and how many.
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. O* God made them male and female. To protect how people identify is subjective and leads to all forms of immoral justification of sin.
3. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother. S* The bill that we passed this last session did not go far enough. I want to prohibit abortion altogether and agree on the exception. A medical decision is necessary to save the life of the mother when and only when the baby is not going to make full term and / or has placed the mother's life in danger.
4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams. O* Males should not compete against females it is a biological disadvantage to the women. It does not matter how long of hormone therapy they have been treated. No.
5. Providing state funding to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion. O* I will not support the god's of this age by giving our tax dollars to clinics or anyone that performs or refers the women to get abortions. In fact we need to make this a criminal offence.
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* With how the government run schools are indoctrinating our children and failing to educate them the funding should go to the child. The parent should be the ones to determine what is best for their child when it comes to where to educate their children. Allowing the Parent to choose what is best for their child is the best form of accountability. If the school fails they will go somewhere they know they will get a good education.
7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. O* No. God determines when end of life comes not man. No matter the cost of caring for those at end of life. I like to say that we all have an expiration date stamped on our forehead. You will die when God says it is time.
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S* I support Christian parents the ability to choose Christian counseling agencies when a child is confused about their sexuality. Our children today are subjected and exposed to all kinds of alternative sexual expressions. They need to know what to do with it along with the parent. The professional counselor should not be afraid of losing their license for counseling children in the ways of the Lord.
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* To not support this is to come against the First Amendment the freedom to worship. Since when did we make it illegal to deny people what God they will serve. Christian business owners mush be protected from the attacks of the left and Satan.
10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code. S* Yes all pay the same and allows the people to keep more of their money in their pocket.
11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health. S* When you hear teachers and administrators saying that they are protecting and shielding the child from their parents. They forget that they work for the parent; the parent does not submit to the administration of the school. I encourage people to remove the student from schools where they try to keep information from the parent. Once the school is shielding the children from parents it is too late, they have crossed over a line they never had the authority to cross.
12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities. O* If what you mean by this is... I am a free enterprise person. Theoretically we should let companies and corporations have a free reign of their industry free market and capitalistic society . However there are some markets where their should be laws that limit their irresponsible activities. Legislators legislate businesses all the time to protect the public. Just take a look at ATF (alcohol, tobacco and firearms). This is one issue that is facing Arizonan's right now and is a bit complex. When it comes to power there are for profit companies and not profit co-op's. Both of these are providing a service and a product. The generation and transmission of electricity is already established. Now you have suppliers that want to come in and give big customers, like the Walmart's, and shopping malls big discounts on the price of power. This leaves the families and small businesses out of the discounts and they end up paying for the discounts. There is also the fact, this happened a few years back, that they can close and leave the customers without power until they find another provider.