Curtis Silwa

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenager

Background

Sliwa was born in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from Canarsie High School. Sliwa opened the first recycling center in Brooklyn at the age of 14 and worked as a paperboy for the New York Daily News. Sliwa was awarded the title of “Newsboy of the Year” by President Nixon. In 1979, Sliwa formed the “Magnificent 13,” a volunteer group focused on stopping crimes nonviolently on subways. Sliwa later created The Guardian Angels, another voluntary organization that utilized martial arts techniques to make legal citizen’s arrests. The Guardian Angels were later involved in a controversy, as Sliwa admitted that they staged subway rescues for publicity and falsely claimed that he was kidnapped by three off-duty officers. Sliwa announced his candidacy for mayor in March 2021.

Key Issues

Public Safety

Sliwa wants to restore all budget cuts to the New York Police Department and reopen shuttered anti-crime units. Sliwa has also proposed to increase the NYPD budget in order to combat the rise in gun violence. Additionally, Sliwa seeks to add more uniformed and uniformed NYPD and MTA officers to the subway system to stop crime and fare evasion. Finally, Sliwa wants to remove homeless people and those who are emotionally-disturbed from the subways and bring them to homeless shelters and psychiatric care facilities.

Taxes

Sliwa plans on reforming NYC’s property tax system to make it more efficient and transparent. Sliwa wants to implement a 2% cap on NYC’s annual tax levy, value and assess all residential properties and new construction, and implement a comprehensive review of all properties receiving tax exemptions every 10 years and of the property tax system as a whole every 8 years. Additionally, Sliwa plans on eliminating university and Madison Square Harden’s tax privileges while providing a property tax deduction for seniors with income below $75,000. Sliwa hopes to create enough new tax revenue to refund the police department and provide relief to low- and middle- income residents.

Small Businesses

Sliwa wants to make it easier for lower- and middle-class residents to start their own businesses by eliminating many of the barriers. Sliwa plans on streamlining and imposing time limitations on the business permit and licensing process and creating a new small business loan program that will offer low-value loans to assist small businesses in neighborhoods that need it most. Sliwa also wants to revive and expand the NYC Business Express initiative and create an Entrepreneurs and Small Business Council to advise the mayor on how to maximize the efficacy of government-business partnerships.

Education

As NY’s mayor, Silwa will work to have all kids have an equal access to good education. If elected, he would work to reopen NY schools, create smaller class sizes, increase after school programs, increase the amount of gifted/advance classes, expand vocational training, expand the number of school choices for families, and more.

Infrastructure

To get NY better prepared of storm situations, Silwa would work to expand NYC’s drainage system (especially communities like the Bronx and Queens where they are known for inadaquete drainage), use tax credit programs to construct/retrofit buildings to make them flood/stormproof, implement a more accurate/timely flood warning system, and create more protective structures like bulkheads, seawalls, etc.

Other

To make NYC subways safer, Silwa as mayor would work to add more undercover and uniformed cops in subways, make some police officers patrol subway cars while trains are en route, put the emotionally disturbed in subway systems in psychatric care and put the homeless in homeless shelters.

Endorsements

Brooklyn Republican Party; Staten Island Republican Party; John Catsimatidis, Businessman

Sources

SilwaforNYC

Donald Huffines

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Donald Huffins graduated from the University of Texas, Austin in 1981 with a B.B.A. in Finance. In 1985, Huffines started the company Huffines Communities, which grew to be one of the largest real-estate developers in Dallas. In the 2017 legislative session, Huffins served on the Administration, Education, Intergovernmental Relations, Natural Resources and Economic Development, and Veteran Affairs and Border Security committees. He previously sponsored legislation on elective abortions (TX SB8), constitutionally dedicated revenue (TX SB9), and criminal justice (TX SB11).

Key Issues

Immigration

Huffins wants to activate the entire National Guard (20,000 National Guard troops), Texas Military forces, and necessary state law enforcement personnel to enforce immigration laws and deport illegal immigrants. He also wants to complete the nearly 200 miles of wall that were planned or under construction when President Trump left office. He plans to use the Texas military to close the roads at the 25 bridges over the Rio Grande to all inbound commercial traffic to stop Mexican exports.

Taxes

Huffins plans to phase out the property tax system entirely by placing a stronger cap on state spending and focusing funding on public schools. He also will ensure that consumption tax swaps are slow and gradual as property taxes fall significantly.

Election Integrity

Huffins advocates for purging voter rolls of illegal immigrants, deceased people, and other ineligible individuals. He also supports investigating and aggressively prosecuting voter fraud.

Healthcare

Huffins supports the ability of Texans to refuse vaccinations in all circumstances. He also plans to fight Medicare and other welfare programs within Texas. He wishes to direct the Texas Department of State Health Services to issue recommendations to empower doctors with greater liberty to treat patients and task the Texas Legislature with reforming CPS to ensure that fit parents and guardians are not targeted for the private medical and educational decisions that they make for their own children.

Transportation

Huffins will prevent higher toll fees and end the increasing road debt left on Texas drivers. He plans to fight against the private road conglomerates that profit off of toll fines.

COVID-19

Huffins plans to ban mask mandates and vaccine passports for all public and private entities and prevent Texas employers from hiring or firing workers based on their vaccination status.

Endorsements

Sources

Don Huffins for Governor

Greg Abbot

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Greg Abbott graduated from the University of Texas in 1981 and Vanderbilt University Law School in 1984. Abbott formerly served as judge of the 129th State District Court from 1992 to 1996 and as a Texas Supreme Court Justice from 1996 to 2001. In his completion of his tenure as 50th Attorney General of Texas, Abbott is Texas’ longest-serving Attorney General. In the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case Van Orden v. Perry, Abbott successfully advocated for the Texas State Capitol to display the Ten Commandments on a monument. In 2020, he was named “Best Governor in the Nation” by conservative economists from Laffer Associates. Abbott’s wife, Cecilia, pioneered Texanthropy- an initiative to promote volunteerism and service to others across Texas. His only daughter, Audrey Abbott, received a bachelor’s degree from USC in music industry management.

Key Issues

Taxes

Abbott advocates for cutting property and business franchise taxes. As Governor, he has repealed $250 million worth of professional fees and delivered a $4 billion tax relief package. Abbott has also issued a $2.5 billion cut from the business franchise tax- a 25 percent decrease- and a billion dollar cut from property taxes. Abbott’s Working Texans Plan recommends amending the Texas Constitution to grant the Governor line-item reduction veto authority over the state budget. It also recommends clear and concise transparency requirements for the disclosure of debt information to voters in state and local bond elections.

Veterans

Abbott’s “Front of the Line” Veterans Policy proposed that a local option be provided for commercial property tax exemptions for each full-time, newly-hired veteran. He also proposed a local option property tax exemption for veteran entrepreneurs. He has expressed interest in provisions increasing funding to the Texas Veterans Commission to work to reduce the wait time for care.

Gun Policy

Abbott supports the constitutional provisions of the 2nd Amendment, namely the right to keep and bear arms, namely in the context of the potential handgun ban struck down by landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision (District of Columbia v. Heller). As an avid advocate of “campus carry” and “open carry,” Abbott intends to fight any federal government efforts to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Texans.

Immigration

Abbott advocates for tougher border security laws in order to prevent drug cartels and human traffickers from importing crime into Texas. He previously signed legislation requiring state agencies to participate in E-Verify to ensure state money goes only to legal immigrants.

Criminal Justice

Abbott wants to crack down on violent crime and gangs through an anti-gang strike force. During the most recent legislative session, he signed a law banning sanctuary cities in Texas.

Education

Abbott wants to promote parental engagement and effective teaching through the Teach for America program. He wishes to enact greater flexibility measures in order to offset one-size-fits-all mandates. By the year 2025, Abbott aims to have the number of students scoring Satisfactory or better on statewide third grade assessments double over current levels.

Abortion

Abbott advocates for preventing cities and counties from using tax dollars to fund abortions and similar sexual healthcare services. He intends to continually increase funding toward adoption services.

Endorsements

Donald Trump, former U.S. President

Sources

gregabbot.com
Statesman

Daby Carreras

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenager

Background

Carreras is a lifelong East Harlemite and studied economics and engineering at Lehigh University. Carreras developed the non-profit BRANDO (Believe. Recovery. Awareness. Now. Diabetes. Obesity) Project and founded the Oscar Garcia-Rivera Republican Club and his own consulting company, Drain the Swamp LLC. Carreras previously ran to represent New York’s 68th District in the New York State Assembly and NYC’s 8th District in the New York City Council. Carreras has also previously served as the Vice President of the Manhattan Republican Party and currently works as a money manager in downtown Manhattan.

Key Issues

Corruption

Carreras’ main goal is to fight corruption as NYC Comptroller through the use of audits and reports.

Economy

Carreras is against the closing of businesses in New York and the economy as a whole and wants to prioritize inclusivity when it comes to benefits to businesses.

Public Safety

Carreras wants to support the NYPD as comptroller in order to keep New York City safe.

Education

Carreras wants to improve education at all levels, including vocational schools, and wants local businesses to be included in projects that give apprenticeships to high school students. Carreras also wants parents to have more of a say in the school process and wants to improve NYC’s high school graduation and college attendance rate.

Other

Carreras states that he will “fight for better education, less crime, more local jobs, rent stabilization, helping the homeless move into housing, protecting Seniors and lowering New York State taxes” on his campaign website.

Endorsements

Manhattan Republican Party

Sources

VoteDaby

Jacqueline Toboroff

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenager

Background

Jacqueline Toboroff was born and raised in Manhattan, specifically the Upper East Side. Toboroff would later attend and graduate from Parsons School of Design and New York University. After college, Toboroff would work as a fashion designer, a jewelry line owner, and a children archival album company owner (which she continues to own to this day). After seeing what she feels is a shift that is concerning, Toboroff decided to take action for herself and run for City Council.

Key Issues

Public Safety

After seeing what she feels is a huge resurgence in crime, Toboroff will work to combat this issue. Toboroff has not been a fan of the policies implemented by Democrats in politics and is not a fan of the idea of defunding the police.

Social Programs

Toboroff feels like there is too much government spending in unnecessary areas, and as a Council member, will work to cut government spending and use some of that money in key areas like law enforcement, etc.

Education

As a Council member, Toboroff will aim to pass legislation called “the Parental Bills of Rights”. In this bill, parents would get access to curriculum passed in school, give parents the options the opt out of DOE emails and have better access to their students’ records. She is not in support of Critical Race Theory.

Environmental Reform/Climate Change

Toboroff will work to preserve parks in Manhattan from crime, garbage and drugs by using old techniques from the past and using policing to preserve parks.

Infrastructure

As for Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, Toboroff as a city Council member will work to preserve it by not rezoning and by not bringing new shelters.

Endorsements

Known: NYYRC

Sources

NYPost

Jana Jackson

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Jana Jackson graduated from Governor State University Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in K-12 education and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Jackson is a former high school teacher and college professor in both Illinois and Arizona. As a high school teacher for disadvantaged students, Jackson was able to significantly improve the reading level of her students. Jackson has also worked with NASA as an educational specialist and the non-profit corporation K.I.D.S. which helps prepare kids for the real world.

Key Issues

Education

Jackson wants to support reform in education through funding and changes in the curriculum taught. She especially wants to improve the STEM curriculum. Additionally, Jackson believes the money provided to schools is currently mismanaged and should be allocated by the number of students. Lastly, Jackson believes a four-year university is not for every student. 

Public Safety

 In addition, she wants to invest in the police more through increased training and funding. 

Diversity

 Jackson believes in the importance of diversity and that unity will improve society. 

Endorsements

Sources

https://ivoterguide.com/candidate?elecK=677&raceK=9823&primarypartyk=R&canK=51995

https://janajacksonaz.org/

Kimberly Yee

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Kimberly Yee is a small business owner who comes from a family of small business owners. Her grandparents immigrated to Arizona in the 1930s and opened the New State Market grocery store in Phoenix, building a successful business that operated for over 60 years. Her mother had worked as an Arizona public school teacher for 38 years and her father was a U.S. Army veteran and small business owner. Kimberly worked her way through college and graduate school, attending Pepperdine University and Arizona State University with a focus on conservative public policies. Due to the “tax and spend” destruction of California in her early career, Kimberly returned to Arizona committed to ensuring her home state stayed rooted in conservative values. In this pursuit, she became a grassroots Republican Precinct Committeeman and Republican Legislative District Chair in the West Valley. She has also gained attention due to her accomplishments and record performance as the Arizona State Treasurer. In addition, she earned a name as a tough “public watchdog,” uncovering mismanagement at all levels of government and removing burdensome regulations. She was also a founding member of the National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus of the Susan B. Anthony List.

Key Issues

Pro-life

She has sponsored and passed Arizona’s “Ultrasound and Heartbeat Bill,” and hopes to create abortion policies.

Pro-Second Amendment

She is pro-second amendment and is in favor of removing gun laws.

Taxes

Yee campaigns to keep Arizona’s taxes low for small business owners.

Endorsements

As of 2014, she has received many endorsements, some of which continue to endorse her to this day. They include: National Talk Show Host Hugh Hewitt, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Former US Congressman John Shadegg, US Congressman Trent Franks, Former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, Former Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin, and Former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns. Her top endorsements are from Balance Forward, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and the American Dental Association.

Sources

https://ktar.com/story/4421491/republican-kimberly-yee-arizonas-treasurer-announces-run-for-governor/
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2021/05/17/state-treasurer-kimberly-yee-announces-run-arizona-governor-republican/5130377001/
https://ballotpedia.org/Kimberly_Yee#Endorsements
https://justfacts.votesmart.org/candidate/campaign-finance/123695/kimberly-yee
https://www.kimberlyyee.com/

Tatiana Pena

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Tatiana Pena graduated from South Mountain Community College, Arizona State University, and Grand Canyon University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in multilingual and multicultural education and a Master’s in Public Administration. Pena is also a professional mariachi. She is also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Key Issues

Safety

Pena supports increased training for law enforcement.

Reproductive Rights

Pena is pro-life and wants to provide better health services, especially for mothers with fertility issues or who would like to adopt. 

Education

Pena wants to support family choice for students’ education as well as shaping curriculums to fit each student’s needs.

Economy

Pena supports lower taxes and sustainable solutions to changes in spending and taxation. 

Criminal Justice Reform

 Pena supports the State Prison Reform to encourage rehabilitation. 

Religious Freedom

 Pena supports religious freedom.

Second Amendment

Pena believes the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment is necessary to protect society and should not be infringed on. 

Immigration

 Pena wants to improve the immigration laws to encourage unity between local and federal laws and protect the innocent. 

Endorsements

Pena has yet to receive an endorsement publicly.

Sources

https://ballotpedia.org/Tatiana_Pe%C3%B1a

https://tatianapenaforaz.com/

Julian Conteraz

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Julian Contreraz is from Montana but has spent a majority of his adult life in Arizona. After graduating from high school, Contreraz joined the military, and at the age of 17, he was a part of an Army Infantry Unit in Iraq. Coming back home after serving was difficult and that is why he wants to help other veterans who are struggling as he did. Julian Contreraz is married and has 5 children.

Key Issues

Veterans

Contreraz supports helping struggling veterans and promises to prioritize them.

Civil liberties

He hopes to bring more tolerance and equality.

Education

He hopes to create both higher and safer education for Arizona’s students.

Healthcare

He focuses on bringing healthcare to the poor and elderly.

Endorsements

Contreraz has not yet received endorsements.

Sources

https://www.vote.coop/legislatordetail.aspx?LegisID=CONTXJULXXXXXXAZ&Type=c

https://ballotpedia.org/Julian_Contreraz

https://apps.arizona.vote/electioninfo/elections/2018-general-election/legislative/1352/4/0

https://vote-usa.org/IssueList.aspx?State=AZ

Selina Bliss

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Selina Bliss was born in Wagner, South Dakota and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arizona State University in 1984, a master’s degree in nursing from Arizona State University, and a doctorate in nursing education from Capella University in 2014. She has spent her time advocating in various organizations such as the National Federation of Republican Women, the Arizona Federation of Republican Women, the Yavapai GOP Nominating Committee, Center of Arizona Policy, the American Nurses Association, President of the Arizona Nurses Association, and member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) and NLN Arizona Constituency League. She is a strong activist, especially in conservative movement groups that support causes such as small businesses, promoting values of life, marriage and family, and religious freedom, as well as gun rights, demonstrated by her membership in the National Rifle Association, the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association, the Arizona Citizens Defense League, and The Well-Armed Woman.

Key Issues

Religious Freedom

Seeks to preserve religious freedoms.

Military

Wants to increase military strength

Gun Rights

Bliss believes in upholding the Second Amendment.

Education

Supports school choice.

Government Regulation

Wants to reduce the tax burden and decrease government regulation.

Immigration

Believes in a strong border and wants to stop illegal immigration.

Endorsements

Bliss has endorsements from Arizona Nurses Association PAC, Stand for Children, Greater Phoenix Chamber, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arizona Association of Realtors, Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Multihousing Association, Arizona Academy of Family Physicians, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, and Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona. Her spouse, Scott Bliss, and parents, Donald and Connie Sheh, also helped finance her campaign.

Sources

https://sites.google.com/view/selinasbliss-com/bio

https://ballotpedia.org/Selina_Bliss#Elections

https://justfacts.votesmart.org/candidate/campaign-finance/192519/selina-bliss

http://stand.org/selina-bliss-house-district-1

https://www.signalsaz.com/articles/selina-bliss-announced-candidacy-for-arizona-state-house-of-representatives-for-ld-1/