Under a bill, you wouldn’t know if your lawmakers truly represent you

Where are youBy Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times

A GOP lawmaker wants to allow candidates to keep their home addresses secret, an effort that could make it more difficult to verify that an elected official or candidate for office lives in the district they claim to represent.

Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, said she’s sponsoring HB2071 out of concerns for privacy and public safety. The bill would give candidates for any elected office the option of requesting that elections officials withhold their home address from the public record.

And if a winning candidate had made the request to keep his or her address private, it would stay secret throughout the person’s term in office.

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