Lugo, Jesus

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Senate
Political Affiliation:
(602) 425-8165
Social worker
Biographical Info:

My name is Jesus Lugo Jr., born in Yuma, AZ, and raised in Gadsden, AZ, where I embraced the core values of family, hard work, and empathy from a young age. My experiences spurred me to earn a master’s degree and passionately work in fields such as substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence, deepening my dedication to advocacy and equality. As a candidate for State Senate, I am committed to securing more jobs, improved resources, and robust support for individuals throughout Arizona. My goal is to ensure a fair and prosperous future for every member of our community.


Hello, I’m Jesus Lugo Jr., a proud Democrat with 15 years of political experience, running for State Senator in District 23. Born in Yuma, AZ, and raised in Gadsden, AZ, my roots in this community run deep. My campaign is driven by a profound commitment to embody and elevate the values, morals, and work ethic that define our vibrant community. With a vision rooted in democratic principles and a rich Hispanic heritage, I am dedicated to championing the needs of working families, children, the elderly, the sick, and the underprivileged in LD23. My leadership aims to not only address the challenges we face but to unite and strengthen our community, forging a path toward a more inclusive and equitable future for all.Education, mental health, substance abuse, and support for victims of domestic violence stand at the forefront of my agenda. These are not just policy areas; they are the pillars upon which we can build a healthier, more educated, and resilient community. As your State Senator, I pledge to tirelessly advocate for the resources and reforms needed to uplift our middle class, ensuring that every member of our community has access to the opportunities they deserve.I am committed to being a voice for the voiceless and a force for positive change, harnessing the power of our collective spirit and diversity to tackle the issues that matter most. Together, we can create a future that reflects our shared values of fairness, compassion, and opportunity for all. Join me, Jesus Lugo Jr., in this journey to bring transformative leadership to District 23, and let’s make our community a beacon of hope, strength, and progress.


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
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  • 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. O* As a progressive Democrat, I would likely interpret the Second Amendment within the context of modern challenges and prioritize public safety and community well-being. While recognizing that the Amendment provides a constitutional basis for individuals to own firearms, I would advocate for comprehensive gun control measures that aim to reduce gun violence. This approach might include supporting universal background checks, restricting access to assault-style weapons, and implementing red flag laws. The goal is to balance the constitutional rights with practical measures that protect communities and reduce the risks associated with firearm ownership.
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. S* I would strongly support the inclusion of "sexual orientation," "gender identity," and "gender expression" as protected classes in nondiscrimination laws. This step is essential to ensure that all individuals, regardless of how they identify or whom they love, receive the same protections under the law against discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, and other areas. It's about affirming the dignity and rights of every person and fostering a more inclusive society where everyone can live openly and safely without fear of discrimination.
3. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. S* I would strongly advocate for amending the Arizona State Constitution to recognize abortion as a fundamental right. This amendment would be a crucial step in safeguarding reproductive freedoms and ensuring that individuals have control over their own bodies and reproductive choices. It would also serve as a bulwark against any federal attempts to roll back such rights, ensuring that access to safe and legal abortion remains available regardless of shifting political landscapes. Protecting this right aligns with a broader commitment to healthcare access, women's rights, and personal autonomy.
4. Securing the border by preventing all illegal crossings. S* when discussing immigration reform with the intent of border security, I advocate for a balanced approach that prioritizes human dignity and practical, humane solutions. While recognizing the importance of securing our borders to maintain orderly and legal processes, it's crucial to avoid overly harsh measures that could harm vulnerable populations. Instead of focusing solely on preventing all illegal crossings, we should invest in comprehensive immigration reform that includes secure but fair entry processes, pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already contributing to our communities, and cooperation with border countries to address root causes of migration. This approach supports national security and upholds our values as a nation committed to freedom and opportunity for all.
5. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. S* I strongly support using taxpayer funds to back organizations that perform, promote, or provide referrals for abortion services. This funding is crucial for ensuring that all individuals, regardless of income, have access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortions. Such support embodies a commitment to health care as a human right and acknowledges the importance of informed health care choices. It also ensures that vital health services are not just available but also accessible to those who might otherwise be unable to afford them, fostering equality and safeguarding public health.
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. O* I would approach the concept of using tax credits and taxpayer-funded empowerment scholarship accounts for private schooling, homeschooling, or online academies with caution. While I recognize the importance of parental choice in education, my primary concern would be ensuring that public education remains robust and well-funded. I believe that public funds should primarily support public education systems that serve all students, regardless of background or economic status. Diverting funds to private options can undermine public schools by reducing the resources available to them. Instead, I advocate for strengthening public schools to provide quality education accessible to every child, ensuring equitable opportunities and addressing disparities within the educational system.
7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. S* I would support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, with strict regulations and safeguards in place. This perspective emphasizes autonomy and compassion, recognizing the right of individuals facing terminal illnesses to choose to end their suffering under medical supervision. It's important that such laws include comprehensive criteria to ensure that the decision is informed, voluntary, and made without coercion. This approach aligns with the values of personal freedom and dignity, while also requiring a framework that prioritizes ethical considerations and the protection of vulnerable populations.
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S* I would emphasize the importance of supportive and affirming counseling for minors exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity. I would strongly oppose any therapies that attempt to change, suppress, or "correct" a minor's sexual orientation or gender identity, including practices commonly referred to as "conversion therapy." Such practices have been widely discredited by major medical and psychological institutions because they can lead to significant emotional and psychological harm. Instead, I advocate for counseling that respects the child's identity and provides them with the support and affirmation they need to understand and express themselves in a healthy, positive way. This approach promotes mental health and well-being, respecting the dignity and worth of every young person.
9. Permitting individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate their moral or religious beliefs. O* I would be cautious about laws that allow individuals and businesses to refuse services based on moral or religious beliefs, particularly when such refusals could lead to discrimination. While I respect the importance of religious freedom, I believe it's crucial to balance this with the rights of all citizens to be free from discrimination in public accommodations, employment, and other areas of life. Policies that enable refusal of service can disproportionately affect LGBTQ+ individuals, women, religious minorities, and other vulnerable groups, potentially undermining equality and inclusiveness. Therefore, I would advocate for maintaining strong anti-discrimination protections that ensure all individuals have equal access to services and employment, regardless of someone else's personal beliefs.
10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code. O* I would oppose maintaining a flat income tax rate in Arizona's state tax code. I would advocate for a progressive tax system where tax rates increase with income. This approach is based on the principle that those with higher incomes can afford to contribute a larger percentage to public services and infrastructure, promoting a fairer distribution of the tax burden. A progressive tax system helps address income inequality and ensures that essential services, like education and healthcare, are better funded. This supports the overall goal of creating a more equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health. S* I would approach the idea of requiring government entities, including schools, to inform parents about their child's physical, emotional, or mental health with a focus on the safety and well-being of the child. While recognizing the importance of parental involvement in a child’s well-being, I would also advocate for privacy protections for minors, especially in contexts involving sensitive issues like sexual orientation, gender identity, or mental health challenges. The policy should ensure that any disclosures do not place vulnerable children at risk of harm, particularly in situations where parental notification might lead to neglect, abuse, or rejection. Thus, while generally supporting transparent communication between schools and parents, I would emphasize the need for safeguards and professional discretion to protect the health and safety of all students, especially those from marginalized or at-risk backgrounds. This approach balances parental rights and child safety, aiming to support the best outcomes for children’s health and development.
12. Enhancing penalties for the sale and possession of fentanyl. O* I would approach the issue of enhancing penalties for the sale and possession of fentanyl with a focus on public health and harm reduction rather than strictly punitive measures. While recognizing the devastating impact of fentanyl on communities, I would advocate for comprehensive strategies that address the root causes of substance abuse and prioritize treatment and recovery services for those affected. Instead of solely increasing penalties, I would support measures such as expanding access to addiction treatment, implementing drug education programs, and providing resources for harm reduction strategies, like naloxone distribution. These approaches aim to reduce overdose deaths and help individuals recover, focusing on rehabilitation over incarceration. This perspective emphasizes treating substance abuse as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice problem, aiming for long-term solutions that benefit individuals and communities alike.