Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Maricopa County Special Healthcare District Candidate Rob Carey Nabs Big Endorsements

Well, I have to admit, there is a lot of interest in the Maricopa County Special Healthcare District races. Since I have started writing about them, I have seen web traffic up over 20% in the past week. Since it appears to be something that people are interested in, and its not getting a lot of coverage in the papers, I am going to continue to cover what comes my direction in the realm of news regarding the District and its representation for Mesa. In this case, Candidate Rob Carey has announced several big endorsements today. Here is the release that he issued:

Rob Carey for Healthcare District Announces Large Bipartisan Slate of Endorsements
Attorney General Terry Goddard joins Former Attorney General Grant Woods, Supervisor Don Stapley, Congressman Harry Mitchell, and others in Supporting Rob Carey

District 2 - Former Chief Assistant Attorney General Rob Carey proudly announced the support of large bipartisan group of national, state, and local leaders including: Attorney General Terry Goddard, Former Attorney General Grant Woods, Supervisor Don Stapley, Congressman Harry Mitchell, and others in his bid for Maricopa County Special Healthcare District today.

“I am honored to have the support of these individuals who have long history of serving the community,” said Rob Carey, “I hope to work with them on many of the issues facing the healthcare district and I am proud to have them support my efforts to set a fiscally responsible course while maintaining our healthcare safety net.”

From 1990 to 1996, as Arizona's Chief Deputy Attorney General, Carey oversaw all major legal, policy, legislative, and political issues for the Arizona attorney general's office. He also obtained a $4 billion divestiture, a landmark $165 million antitrust settlement, and won numerous consumer and tort cases. Carey drafted and spearheaded passage of Arizona's law requiring the DNA testing of all sex offenders and instituted a penalty requiring that criminals pay the cost of victims' rights.

Attorney General Terry Goddard said, “From fighting pharmaceutical over-pricing to battling tobacco companies, Rob Carey's healthcare and legal experience would be a great addition to the Maricopa County Special Healthcare district.”

“Rob Carey served as my Chief Deputy Attorney General. He is the only candidate with a wide variety of budget, legal, and political experience that will directly benefit MIHS and the voters of Maricopa County by cutting costs and ensuring public health,” said Former Attorney General Grant Woods.

Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley represents District 2, which shares the same boundaries as the district that Carey hopes to represent. Stapley said, “Rob understands the issues the county healthcare district faces and has the vision and experience that will be vital in setting a course for fiscal responsibility and proper management of public funds for the largest teaching hospital in Arizona.”

U.S. Rep. Harry E. Mitchell, whose Congressional District represents a large portion of the same area in the East Valley, agrees. "Rob Carey understands that the health care 'safety net' is at a critical point," said Mitchell. "He'll work to ensure its long-term viability as a key health care provider in Maricopa County."

Carey also announced the following endorsements:

Former Mayor Paul Johnson
Former Mayor Sam Campana
Tempe Councilmember Ben Arredondo
Former ADHS Director Sue Gerard

Someone pointed out to me that Greg Patterson's campaign signs have his on them. I looked around on his site, and it doesn't appear that he has a specialized page for the race, but if he does, or has any other news to share, I'll be more than happy to share it here. Same goes for Stratton, although the most I can find about him is his Arizona Republic Questionnaire and the fact that he is considered an expert witness in Orthopedic Surgery.

1 comment:

SunnyBerlin said...

Thank you for posting information about the special heath care district election. It's very needed. If it weren't for your posts on this topic I wouldn't have come across your blog. I sure am glad I did, because I am a downtown Mesa resident who is very interested in what you're writing.

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