Senate LD 11 candidates toe party lines on key issues


Senate LD 11 candidates toe party lines on key issues

By Christina Sampson

Maricopa Monitor

Jo Holt (D), left, and GOP Sen. Al Melvin / Dan Miller photo

State Senate District 11 candidates Democrat Jo Holt and incumbent Republican Sen. Al Melvin clashed Saturday during a candidate forum.

When it comes to storing nuclear waste in Arizona, Holt said she “was completely opposed to it” and instead supported investing state resources into renewable energy.

Melvin advocated recycling nuclear material and using the cash the state received to do so — $50,000 per ton of waste, at 2 tons per years — to subsidize education funding.

Funding education was another point of contention in which lines were clearly drawn.

Holt jabbed at Melvin’s claim that the state spends $9,300 per student per year, pointing out that figure included federal funding for which, as a state senator, Melvin could not vote on.

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