Nearly from top to bottom in Arizona our politicians are from the same political party. One-party rule decreases accountability, bipartisanship, cooperation and compromise. I don't care if our politicians are Democrats or Republicans, conservatives or liberal, men or women or from the tea, coffee or office party. However, I do want them to be intelligent, caring, capable of voting independent of their party mandates when needed and I want them to be ethical and be free of accepting special treatment from individuals or companies that are attempting to curry favor.
In other words, our current crop of GOP lawmakers need to be retired and replaced by a more balanced and representative group of legislators that will place the welfare of our state before their own interests or that of their party.
Many Democrats and Republicans will only vote for candidates from their own party. However, those of us registered as Independents can put ideas and intelligence before ideology to help restore checks and balances to our state government in the next election.
Richard K. Meszar, Mesa