Gutierrez, Nancy

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State House
District:
18
Political Affiliation:
Democrat
Phone:
520-668-8099
Age:
50
Occupation:
Public High School Teacher
Education:
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University
Biographical Info:

Nancy Gutierrez has lived most of her life in Arizona. She attended NAU and earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a math emphasis. She has lived all over Arizona including Phoenix, Sierra Vista, as a military spouse and teacher, and Tucson since 2007. She and her husband, Andy, have raised their two daughters in Tucson. Megan recently graduated from the U of A, and Macie will be in the Honor’s College at NAU in the fall. She was a volunteer in her daughters’ classrooms and activities and served as President of the Manzanita Elementary FFO. Nancy has held an Arizona Teaching Credential since 1994 and has been teaching yoga at Tucson High since 2013. Nancy is a proud member of the Arizona Education Association and a delegate to their annual Delegate Assembly. She was the Physical Education Department Chair for five years and is currently on the Safety Committee. Nancy is a certified yoga teacher and has taught at Yoga Oasis since 2009. In 2018 she served as President of the Tucson NOW Chapter. Nancy is passionate about public education and will bring her leadership experience and her teacher’s voice to our Legislature.

Statement:

My passion is public education. I am running to ensure that Arizona puts public education, teachers, staff and students as a priority. We must prioritize public education and fully fund it so that we can ensure all students receive an education that will allow them to be successful in the paths they choose. Teachers should be empowered to teach students with care, not to perform based on a biased state mandated test. Education in Arizona should bring opportunities for all students to learn in a variety of modalities in order to prepare for a variety of employment options. This can build Arizona’s economy by attracting businesses who want to partner with us and become leaders in both industry, infastructure, environment and opportunities for all. I have the distinction of being a Gun Sense Candidate with Moms Demand Action, and I am endorsed by Arizona List.

I will protect a pregnant person’s right to choose what they do with their body. I will also support and protect voter’s rights. It is essential to our Democracy that each person who is able to vote has every opportunity to do so. Early voting and Voting Centers give everyone access to safe and accessible voting. It is also important to me to work on protecting our precious water and not allowing legislation to steal water from underserved communities. We must work together to protect our public education, right to choose, our voting rights and our water.

Endorsements:

Arizona List,
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO),

Arizona Education Association

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. S* We need to close the loopholes in private and gun show sales.
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. S* All people should be safe from discrimination.
3. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother. O* Abortion is healthcare. I suppot Roe V. Wade and think that each person should have the right to decide what they do with their body.
4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams. S* Sports can play a vital role in a person's life. I do not believe that we should have a law that discrimates who can play sports.
5. Providing state funding to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion. S* Abortion is healthcare and should be funded as any other service provided.
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. O* Vouchers hurt our public schools. Private and Charter schools do not have the oversight when using public money and they do not serve all students. I oppose giving public money to private and charter schools.
7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. S* I believe this is another instance of an individual's right to choose.
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. O* This sounds like conversion therapy and that is harmful.
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. O* A business should serve everyone as a customer. It is discrimination to not provide service based on religion.
10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code. O* This does not benefit the average Arizona tax payer. It will cut our overall budget even more and we need that money in order to fully fund education.
11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health. O* As a teacher, I do not feel that what my students tell me in confidence needs to be shared with parents unless there is abuse or danger of the child.
12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities. -* I will do more research on this to make an informed decision.