"Today I am announcing my resignation as State Representative of LD28. It has been the honor of my life to represent the people of District 28. When I first ran in 2018, no one thought I had a chance of winning. But after knocking over 5,000 doors, and hearing from so many of my future constituents about how fed up they were with the constant fighting and the cuts to our schools, I knew I had a chance to win. At every door that I knocked, I made the same promise: I’ll always put Arizona first over any partisan politics.
"That simple pledge was the key to being able to get things done down at the legislature. I helped get millions in funding to provide digital professional development to teachers throughout the state in the height of the pandemic, for the first dramatic expansion of pre-k quality efforts in over a decade, and to provide desperately needed grants for small businesses struggling with the impact of COVID, floods, and fires.
"But the truth is, politics as usual just isn’t working for everyday Arizonans. During my time in the state legislature, I worked across the aisle to get good things done, but I had a front-row seat to watch bad things happen to our state, from banning mask mandates in our schools to slashing nearly $3 billion in state revenues.
"We need to do something different here in Arizona, and that starts with electing a new Governor. My two decades of experience founding and leading growing companies in the private sector, combined with my experience in the legislature representing LD28, means that I will be ready to lead from day one.
"I am all in on this race for Governor, and for that reason, I have decided that it is both logistically practical and ethically imperative to resign my seat in the state legislature. The simple truth is that running for Governor and serving in the legislature are two incredibly important jobs that demand near full-time service. My full focus will now be on this race for Governor to ensure I will have all the resources needed to compete and win.
"To everyone who has ever supported me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. This was not an easy decision, but it was the right one. My pledge today is the same as it was at every door I knocked in 2018 -- I will always put Arizona first.”