Zipperman, Steve

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Senate
District:
1
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
928-263-8575
Age:
69
Occupation:
Retired
Education:
Bachelor of Science Zoology; Masters Business Administration; Juris Doctorate
Biographical Info:

Steve Zipperman is a Constitutional Conservative and an American patriot. He believes that our Declaration of Independence and Constitution are the foundations of America’s success and freedom. This belief motivated him to be community minded throughout his life. At seventeen, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and patched up Vietnam War heroes at Walter Reed. After three years of improving and comforting the lives of wounded warriors, he began a career in business and law. Owning and operating successful businesses for years, gave him a deep understanding of how the government often impedes the prosperity of everyone.
Mr. Zipperman practiced law for 28 years after putting himself through Law School working in the LA County District Attorney’s office – Hardcore Gang Unit. He was published in the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. While running his own law firm, he negotiated thousands of transactions and resolved hundreds of cases. He also gained invaluable real estate and business experience along the way. Steve Zipperman understands how to negotiate laws that serve the people and keep our citizens free.
As volunteers, Steve and his wife, Sharon taught “Constitution 101,” based on Hillsdale College’s curriculum. He also proudly served as First Vice-Chair to the Republican Party of Yavapai County, where his team consistently broke fundraising records. His Senate campaign focuses on working with grassroots citizens to protect our country, our citizens, and our rights.

Statement:

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Edwin Burke
Our nation and our State are in danger of being lost forever. The Founders gave us a wonderful nation, with some of the most significant operating documents ever written; our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Our God given rights are under attack from our own government. The First Amendment is being compromised on a daily basis. We can’t count on journalistic integrity to provide our citizens with objective news. Our religious freedoms are being usurped, under the guise of protecting the public from Covid. When we assemble to redress grievances against our government, we are arrested and held without bail and without legal representation. Our Second Amendment rights are also under attack. The Founders knew that without firearms tyranny was a likely outcome from our own government. We are being invaded across our Southern border, and Article IV, Section 4 requires the federal government to do something to protect Arizona from this onslaught. The 2020 elections proved to me that our election system has failed the American people. Without confidence in our elections, our once free country will be lost forever. As I watched our traditional American values being stripped away from those representing us in our government, I just couldn’t sit back and do nothing. This is MY country, land that I love, and I will do whatever is in my power to stand beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above. I am compelled to serve my country and to save her from these evils. I took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. It is clear that we have a lot of domestic enemies attempting to undermine our Constitution. My oath has no expiration date, and it was sworn to God. I will work tirelessly to live up to my obligations to this country, my home State, and the people of Arizona. These positions are non-negotiable. Government representatives need to be accountable to the people who elect them, and I swear that I will work hard to live up to these ideals.

Endorsements:

AZ Free Enterprise Club

Survey

Response Legend

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

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Expanding background checks to include guns purchased from private individuals. O* I am a strong Second Amendment advocate.
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. O* Biology is determined by your genetics, not your mental state.
3. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother. S* Life begins at conception.
4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams. O* If they are biological males, that fact should determine what teams they can play on, not their state of mind.
5. Providing state funding to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion. O* Citizens' money should not be used to kill innocent babies.
6. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable their children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy. S* Parents should be allowed to select the school that their children attend. Education funds should follow the child to wherever the parents believe their kids will get the best education. (Parental Choice) Our Public Schools are doing a horrible job of educating our children. Arizona is now ranked 49th out of 50 States in the quality of public education provided to our students, because public schools currently don't have to improve to get funding. They get the money no matter how bad the education result is. Public schools need to be required to compete for students with the private sector. If they did, the quality of public education would improve, and the brain-washing of our kids would stop (CRT and SEL in the classroom). Competition raises all boats. Bring back Civics and History, so that our children understand how our government works, and so they can meaningfully participate in it when they become adults.
7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. O* Government complicity in allowing the killing of its people is wrong.
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S* I support parents' right to do what is in the best interest of their child, without government interference.
9. Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs. S* Our government has too much control over individual freedoms. No individual or business should be required to take action against their own moral or religious beliefs. Freedom requires individuals and businesses to make their own decisions. Free enterprise will always provide alternatives, for those who want to obtain services that cater to their position(s).
10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code. -* I am against more government and higher taxes. Free enterprise means exactly that - free from too much government spending. We have a lot of waste in our current budget. Categories in the budget are intentionally vague and undecipherable. Money is allocated to things that are not necessary. We need a better budgeting process, and all categories within the budget should correspond to where the money is actually going. I'm for more transparency in our budgeting process, and for eliminating waste wherever it is found. Next year's budget should not be based on last year's budget - where departments are told that if they don't spend the entire annual budget they will get less to work with the following year. This is extremely inefficient. We need to look at other ways of reducing spending. Reducing the income tax rate looks good on paper, but government needs a certain amount of money to carry out its functions. If the income tax rate remains flat, but government needs more money, our property taxes or sales taxes will just go up. It's a shell game. I don't feel that keeping the flat tax rate on income taxes would impact the actual total amount of taxes that citizens of Arizona pay. We are paying too much, but a commitment to a flat tax rate does not appear to be the answer!
11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health. O* This question is extremely broad, and I'm not comfortable answering it as stated.If the safety of the child is at issue, and a teacher knows of this threat, the parents should be informed. But what if the threat is the parents themselves? There are already laws in effect that require abuse to be reported to law enforcement authorities.I do not believe that it is government's role to get involved in the parent's role of raising the child. Common sense says that a good teacher would let the parents know if they see a threat to the child's wellbeing. "Requiring" that action would create liability for the government entity who failed to do so. I believe that would be a bad result, and would not be in favor of requiring this kind of communication.
12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities. S* This alternative should be investigated. Will it result in lower rates to the consumer? If so, proceed with providing competitive alternatives. Monopolies generally don't result in efficient service. But if the rates would not go down as a result of the competition, I would not go forward with this program. In addition, the cost to the government of implementation of this competitive system needs to be considered. What is the NET benefit to the consumer, and how much will it cost the government to make the change? Infrastructure to provide this alternative may be very costly. The overall impact and costs need to be considered before a decision can be made on implementation of retail competition. In general, the idea seems good. But in practice, what can we expect from implementing this approach?