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Candidate of the Week

Mark Kelly
Arizona

Senator since 2020

2022 midterms

Corporate influence in Washington is standing in the way of progress on everything from lowering prescription drug costs to tackling climate change. That’s why I introduced legislation to put an end to the corporate PACs that corrupt our political system.

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In light of crimes that surged against Asian Americans during the pandemic, Kelly co-sponsored the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act in March 2021 with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), which was signed into law this month. The legislation addresses the rise of violence and hate crimes, particularly against Asian Americans, and would strengthen hate-crime reporting in order to make it more accessible at the local and state levels as well as making reporting resources available in multiple languages. It would also expand public education about hate crimes.

Kelly voted for a resolution to impeach Trump for inciting the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and led the House of Representatives towards impeaching Trump, marking the first time in U.S. history that a president has been impeached more than once.

Despite Kelly’s campaign, which advocated for every Arizonian, regardless of race, to live free of discrimination, he voted for an amendment to the Coronavirus Relief Package to block stimulus checks for undocumented workers. This was a shock to the Latino community who rallied to elect him. Undocumented immigrants have not received any federal aid throughout the pandemic and data shows they have been disproportionally affected by Covid-19.

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As both a former astronaut who has had to rely on science to stay alive and having had to endure Arizona summers (in 2020 Arizona heat killed more than 300 people in Maricopa County alone), Kelly has been vocal about the fact that climate change is a crisis. Kelly has advocated that predominantly people of color are affected severely by climate change. Arizona Latinos account for 30 percent of the state’s population. Toxic chemicals have polluted the groundwater of Phoenix for decades in areas that are mostly home to Latino communities.

Just five months into his term, Kelly has convened regular conference calls with an informal group of Latino members to allow for lively dialogue to get a sense of what is needed in their communities. After visiting the border, where a surge of migrants has overwhelmed shelters and services, Kelly called for more resources to house migrants as well as a transportation system to get migrants to Phoenix and beyond. Kelly supports Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows children brought to the U.S. to avoid deportation, get a driver’s license, and to work.

As an advocate for making climate change a national priority, Kelly’s stated legislative goals call for the expansion of renewable energy. He is in opposition to uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park. He condemned Trump for removing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.