Leach, Venden “Vince” Leach

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Senate
District:
17
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
(520) 818-8814
Age:
75
Occupation:
Business Owner
Education:
BS Political Science and History
Family:
Charlene Wife
Religion:
Protestant
Biographical Info:

I was previously elected to the State Senate to represent the people of Legislative District 11 in 2018. I had previously been elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2014 where I served 2 terms. I am very passionate about public service and have been involved as a citizen activist in many areas of government including school board, county government, and the Arizona Corporation Commission. I am always advocating for the taxpayers in every issue that comes before me.

My wife, Charlene, and I are natives of Wisconsin, and bought our home in SaddleBrooke, Arizona in 2007 in the heart of Legislative District 17. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin at St. Point with degrees in Political Science and History. After my service in the military during the Vietnam era, I began a career of over 35 years in sales and executive business management experience in the national and international market place.
I have served as board member of the SaddleBrooke Two Property Owners organization and an active member of the Catalina Foothills Church.

I served as the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and as a member of the Judiciary, Government and Finance Committees where I could look after taxpayers’ dollars. Additionally, I served on the Joint Committee on Capitol Review, and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

Statement:

Border security is extremely important for a country to protect its citizens and maintain law and order. By monitoring and controlling who enters and leaves the country, authorities can prevent illegal activities such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism. Border security also helps to protect the economy by regulating the flow of goods and services across borders. Without proper security measures in place, a country may be vulnerable to threats from outside forces and may struggle to maintain stability and safety for its citizens. Overall, border security is essential for ensuring the safety and prosperity of a nation.
Lowering inflation is crucial for maintaining a strong economy. When inflation rates are high, the purchasing power of money decreases, causing prices to rise and making it harder for people to afford goods and services. This can lead to a decrease in consumer spending, which in turn can slow down economic growth. By keeping inflation low, the value of money remains stable and people can afford the things they need without worrying about prices skyrocketing. A strong economy with low inflation rates also encourages businesses to invest and create jobs, leading to overall prosperity for everyone. In conclusion, lowering inflation is essential for ensuring a healthy and thriving economy.
A balanced budget is super important because it helps the government spend money wisely and not go into debt. Just like how we have to budget our allowance to make sure we have enough for everything we need, the government has to do the same with our tax money. If the government spends more than it brings in from taxes, it can lead to problems like inflation, higher taxes, or cuts to important programs. So, by having a balanced budget, the government can be more responsible with our money and help keep the economy strong. It’s like making sure you don’t go broke before your next paycheck – it just makes sense!
I am asking for your vote!

Endorsements:

AZ Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Police Association, Greater Phoenix Chamber, Arizona Troopers Association

Survey

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