Heap, Ralph

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State House
Political Affiliation:
(602) 524-3860
Medical Doctor
Married for 50 years to my wonderful wife Denise. We have 3 children and 8 amazing grandchildren.
Biographical Info:

I am a physician (retired Orthopedic Surgeon). I have lived and worked in the east valley for more than 40 years after graduating from the University of Arizona medical school. In addition to my busy practice I was active in my church and several charities in the east valley, including serving as a team doctor for a local high school. I spent much of my free time working as an Orthopedic advisor to three overseas third world medical organizations. This allowed my wife and I to serve medical missions providing care for handicapped children in multiple third world countries including Bolivia, Nicaragua and Africa.
I feel that my background as a small businessman and physician make me uniquely qualified to serve in the State legislature. I am a conservative and will fight without compromise for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom for the citizens of our state.


I have become increasingly concerned about the direction of the Country and the State. The government grows in reach and scope and our freedoms and rights continually shrink. I am a physician and was horrified and shocked by the pandemic response with the associated permanent loss of many businesses and the extremely disastrous school closures.
I would love to see a smaller more efficient State government. This will allow for lower taxes and less regulations. I believe the bigger the government the smaller the citizen.


Response Legend

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

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Interpreting the 2nd Amendment as protecting an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. S
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. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. O
4. Securing the border by preventing all illegal crossings. S
5. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. O
6. Allowing all parents to use tax credits and taxpayer funded empowerment scholarship accounts to enable their children to attend any private school, homeschool, or online academy of their choice. 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. Permitting individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate 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. Enhancing penalties for the sale and possession of fentanyl. S