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Dist. 22 candidate touts technology

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Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 8:13 pm | Updated: 9:07 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

My name is Glenn Ray, and I am a candidate for state representative in District 22. Like many of you, I have come to realize that I can no longer just sit by and watch as those who say they represent us fail to hear our voices.

Because of this, after returning from Iraq in 2006, I have dedicated my life to fighting just as hard for my country here in Arizona as I did overseas during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.

Having spent almost 20 years in the military, I understand the importance of putting aside personal biases and working together as a team to complete the mission. Our current state legislators have forgotten this.

Instead of building a strong economy, ensuring our public safety, or fixing education, they hide behind their political parties in an attempt to protect their own political well-beings. This is unacceptable. As a legislator, you are supposed to listen to your constituents, develop a plan, and then bring forth every possible resource in order to make that plan a reality. Republicans, Democrats and independents must come to understand that our state and our country can no longer afford to have our government continue its ineffectiveness.

Arizona is a vibrant state, but for too long it has been represented by those who are unable to see Arizona’s true economic potential. Arizona has the ability to become a leader in solar, wind and bioscience-related solutions. We must develop programs that combine the powers of our state colleges with the entrepreneurial spirit, to create an economy based on high-paying, high-tech jobs. Having earned a master’s degree in technology management and worked in various technology-based fields for almost 15 years, I have seen technology transform our very culture.

Now it is time to utilize it to transform the economic diversity of our state.

The 9/11 Commission showed us that the biggest threat to our security was the inability of our various law enforcement agencies to communicate and share data. Unfortunately, we still cannot tell the difference between a terrorist and an illegal immigrant. Every night, we send our police officers out on duty without the proper tools to combat those who wish to do us harm. Certain technologies, such as biometric identification systems, exist to alleviate this issue. We must invest now in order to ensure our safety in the future.

We need to fight for the development of a school system that prepares our kids for today’s global economy. We must develop “out of the box” solutions for ensuring that all of Arizona’s children have access to affordable advanced education. This will require us to examine our state’s current education platform and refine it from the ground up.

Requirements including AIMS testing have bogged down our system, forcing schools to focus on prepping for tests, instead of developing curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts.

We live in a great state, and like most Arizonans, I feel that the time for excuses is over. Vote for Glenn Ray on Nov. 4, and join me and others in “Fighting for Arizona’s Future.”

For more information please visit my Web site: www.GlennRay.com.

Democrat Glenn Ray of Mesa is employed by US Airways.

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