Zipperman, Steve

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Senate
District:
1
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
(928) 263-8575
Age:
71
Occupation:
Retired
Education:
BS in Zoology; Masters in Business Administration; Juris Doctorate
Religion:
Judeo-Christian
Biographical Info:

STEVE ZIPPERMAN, VETERAN AND PATRIOT

Steve Zipperman is an America First Constitutional Conservative. He and his wife Sharon have taught the US Constitution 101 course for the last five years. Steve believes that our Declaration of Independence and Constitution are the foundations of America’s success and freedom. Steve also teaches a one-hour course on the Arizona Constitution.

At seventeen, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Walter Reed, where he helped take care of our war injured heroes. Steve actively supports our veterans! The oath Steve took to protect and defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, is something that he takes very seriously. Today, Steve continues to fight the domestic enemies undermining our Constitution, and its protections for our citizens.

Steve is a retired small businessman. His extensive careers in medicine, business, real estate, and law have given him strong skills in negotiation and a clear understanding of statutory language. Steve is uncompromising in his dedication to serving “We the People,” and to keeping our citizens free.

Statement:

I just couldn’t sit back and watch our country be destroyed by the progressives. Our Constitutional rights are being eroded every day, and we need to fight back. 9/11 gave the federal government a justification for taking away our right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures (protected by the 4th Amendment) when the Patriot Act was passed by Congress. Then, covid gave our government the right to prevent us from going to religious services (a right set forth in the First Amendment). Subsequently, January 6th took away our First Amendment right to openly Assemble to redress grievances with our government. I believe that our Constitutional Rights need to be protected and supported by We the People. If we don’t stop this trend of cancelling the rights of the people to be safely protected from their government, we won’t have any rights at all. We are headed towards totalitarian rule in the United States, if we aren’t careful. Someone needs to do something. That’s why I decided to run for public office.

The oath that I took when I entered the US Army is still binding on me today. I swore to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. This is an obligation that I take very seriously. Its time for many of us to step up and actively defend our Constitutionally protected rights. We can’t just allow our rights to be usurped. I have to step up and do what I can to defend our Constitutional Rights.

In addition, our Declaration of Independence says that We the People are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. It needs to be stressed that “Life” is the first one mentioned. Significantly, I also feel an obligation to do what I can to support Life.

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* As a veteran, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I will never vote to impose restrictions of any kind on firearms, ammunition, or the purchase or possession of them by our citizens.
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. O* A person's chromosomes determine their gender. If someone does not act consistent with their gender, they should not be placed into a class of persons who have superior rights over others.
3. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. O* Rights are created by God, not legislatures. Legislatures are not God, therefore, they are not capable of creating new "Fundamental" Constitutionally protected rights.
4. Securing the border by preventing all illegal crossings. S* The federal government is not living up to its obligation to provide us with secure borders as set forth in the Constitution. Currently, the federal government is in violation of Article 4, Section 4 of the US Constitution. The State of Arizona is owed a duty of protection from invasion. It is easy to see that we are being invaded at our borders. Its time for the federal government to do its job!
5. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. O* Taxpayer funds should never be used to engage in activities that result in the death of our own children.
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* Our public schools are failing our children. Currently, English proficiency in Arizona's K-12 public schools is 44%, while proficiency in mathematics is at 21%. That's while our public schools receive approximately 56% of our entire State budget! The only way to get our government schools to improve their game is for them to have to compete for funds. Parents shoudl be making the decisions about their childrens' education. Competition makes every venture more productive. We need our public schools to have to compete with the private sector if we want them to do a better education of our children. Right now, our public educated kids are handicapped. They can't compete for the best jobs or positions in the best universities. The ESA program allows parents to get their kids a better chance at life. I strongly support the Arizona ESA program.
7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. O* Life is precious. Everyone experiences emotionally down times, but we don't want to over-react to those experiences. God gives us life, and God should be the only one who can take it from us.
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S* Parents shoudl not be prohibited from getting their children the psychological counseling they may need. But its up to the parent to make sure what kind of counseling their child receives. Prohibiting counseling of troubled children may harm to them.
9. Permitting individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate their moral or religious beliefs. S* People and businesses should not be forced to provide any specific services or promote any ideas that violate the moral or religious beliefs of our citizens. It's called freedom. My nature is to completely support freedom for Americans.
10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code. S* The cost of living has increased rapidly since Biden, the progressive, has been in office. People are struggling. The flat tax protects many people from being dragged into the poorest categories. I am for lower taxes, less regulation, and more freedom for every American.
11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health. S* Parents should be aware of anything that may harm a child's physical, emotional or mental health. If a school is aware of issues impacting a child's health, the schools should be required to inform the parents - who continue make all important decisions on behalf of their children through the age of majority.
12. Enhancing penalties for the sale and possession of fentanyl. S* Fentanyl is a deadly drug, and its use and distribution need to be stopped. Increasing penalties for sale and possession does act as a deterrent for people who may want to experiment with this drug. Criminal penalties do reduce the number of people who will distribute and sell that drug. I support enhancing penalties for the sale or possession of fentanyl.