Stapley, Christopher

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Senate
District:
9
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
(602) 688-4116
Age:
40
Occupation:
Attorney
Education:
Mesa Community College, AA, AGEC; Arizona State University, BA Political Science; Arizona Summit School of Law, JD
Family:
Married with four children
Religion:
Christian
Biographical Info:

As a 4th generational Mesa, Arizonan, my life is rooted in God, family, and the principles of integrity and hard work. My path at ASU transitioned to a role in the Arizona House of Representatives, where I observed the impactful strategies of business and legal professionals. This experience led me to a legal career, where for nearly a decade, I’ve safeguarded individual and entrepreneur’s rights. My wife’s academic pursuits overseas further deepened my love for our heritage. I hope to apply my legal expertise and problem-solving skills to the Legislature, aiming for common sense, collaborative solutions to brighten Arizona’s future.

Statement:

As a common-sense Republican, I believe in a balanced approach to governance that prioritizes both fiscal responsibility and collaborative solutions. Our party values individual freedom, free-market principles and limited government intervention while also recognizing the importance of addressing societal challenges in a pragmatic and compassionate manner.

Economically, I would back policies that promote growth and job creation through lower taxes, reduced regulation, and support for small businesses. We must grow our economy to provide opportunities for upward mobility while maintaining fiscal discipline.

On core Arizona issues, I would advocate for educating all students by supporting school choice, traditional public schools and home-schooled children. I would back our first responders and while balancing kindness for our vulnerable communities, and promote fairness and justice within our society. This includes supporting initiatives that advance affordable housing, reducing inflation, and being good stewards of our water and environment, all while respecting individual liberties and promoting personal responsibility.

As a common-sense advocate within the Republican Party, I strive for bipartisan collaboration for pragmatic solutions that benefit the state as a whole. By embracing a thoughtful and inclusive approach, we can bridge divides, uphold Arizonan values, and ensure a prosperous future for many generations to come.

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* The Second Amendment is an integral part of America's history, and we need to maintain this right to keep and bear arms to be able to defend ourselves.
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
3. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. −* This is a delicate issue. I believe that life is sacred and that we need to respect the life of an unborn child. That being said, there are instances where the woman's life needs to be considered in that sacred setting, so as it relates to those two issues, a woman should be able to choose to have an abortion in very limited circumstances, specifically when the woman's life is in danger, or in cases of rape or incest, they should be able to choose. In general we need to provide greater access to prevention measures, and also fully support to women who would like to keep the child, or choose to carry the child to full term to allow for adoptions. Men also must be held accountable to support the child as well. Every child has a constitutional right to be supported by both of their parents.
4. Securing the border by preventing all illegal crossings. S* We live in the greatest country in the world. Our country is defined by a defined border between countries. We need to support a strong border and invest in greater technology to support that effort. At the same time we need to provide opportunities for a guest worker program for those that want to lawfully work in our country, but they have to do this the proper way.
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* But we need to make sure that we not only support parent's choice of educational experiences, we need to make sure that that system is not abused. We should also encourage collaboration between traditional public schools as well as private school, homes school or online school students.
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* Parent's constitutional right to parent should be supported, so if the parents feel it appropriate for their minor child to seek counseling they should be permitted to do so.
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* Parents are the decision-makers and they need all the tools available to them to guide and parent their children in teh way they feel best.
12. Enhancing penalties for the sale and possession of fentanyl. S