MEET BRIANNA

Brianna Westbrook isn’t your typical politician. As a child growing up in poverty, her source of food was dumpster diving every day. She witnessed substance abuse and experienced domestic violence. Brianna’s great-grandparents took her in, and she spent two years learning the meaning of hard work on their apple orchard. As a teenager, she graduated from high school with no parental support. As a young parent, Brianna returned to Arizona to be the primary provider for her siblings. For years, she worked blue-collar jobs to keep her family afloat. At 27 years old, Brianna documented her transition story to normalize the experiences of trans women. 

In 2013, Brianna testified in front of the Phoenix city council in support of LGBTQ+ protections in housing. She questioned what politicians were doing for working people in Phoenix and took matters into her own hands. Brianna ran for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District in 2018 and won 40% of the vote with just 10% of her opponent’s funds. Since then, she’s worked nonstop with local and national progressive organizations to fight for her community’s needs. 

In 2019, Brianna served as Vice-Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, devoting her attention to diversity, equity, and transparency. In 2020, Brianna was a national surrogate for Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. She later worked tirelessly to turn out Arizona’s eleven electoral votes for President Joe Biden. When the pandemic hit and evictions loomed, she co-founded the Housing Initiative Project, a non-profit advocating for safe, affordable, and accessible housing. 

Brianna is running because she has the courage to fight for bold, progressive ideas and is committed to producing lasting results, no matter the challenge.

ON THE ISSUES

DEMOCRACY

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  • I support increased early voting and extended voting hours to accommodate for different work schedules.
  • I support expanding polling locations and offering mail-in voting to ensure maximum accessibility. 
  • I support increased funding for publicly-funded elections for a clean election system. 
  • I support making election days for the primary and general elections, each a state-wide holiday.
  • I support same-day voter registration and ultimately automatic voter registration at 18 years old. 
  • I support restoring the right to vote for all presently and formerly incarcerated people.
  • I support the right of all workers to form a union and bargain collectively in an environment free of interference, intimidation, discrimination, reprisals, or delay. 
  • I support repealing Arizona’s right to work laws, which puts employers over workers.
  • I support instating 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for all workers. 
  • I support a statewide minimum wage of at least $15/hour.
  • I believe in rent control to stabilize the cost of housing.
  • I support increased funding for the Arizona Housing Trust Fund, which must also be available for undocumented folks. 
  • I support funding for a just transition off of fossil fuels by re-training and providing green jobs for workers.
  • I support investing in municipal broadband infrastructure.
  • I support Arizona using funds from the State Small Business Credit Initiative from the American Rescue Plan to bolster entrepreneurship among indigenous and communities of color.
  • I support instating a redemption value system for recyclables for any sealed container under one gallon composed of aluminum, glass, or plastic.

ECONOMY

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ECONOMY

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  • I support the right of all workers to form a union and bargain collectively in an environment free of interference, intimidation, discrimination, reprisals, or delay. 
  • I support repealing Arizona’s right to work laws, which puts employers over workers.
  • I support instating 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for all workers. 
  • I support a statewide minimum wage of at least $15/hour.
  • I believe in rent control to stabilize the cost of housing.
  • I support increased funding for the Arizona Housing Trust Fund, which must also be available for undocumented folks. 
  • I support funding for a just transition off of fossil fuels by re-training and providing green jobs for workers.
  • I support investing in municipal broadband infrastructure.
  • I support Arizona using funds from the State Small Business Credit Initiative from the American Rescue Plan to bolster entrepreneurship among indigenous and communities of color.
  • I support instating a redemption value system for recyclables for any sealed container under one gallon composed of aluminum, glass, or plastic.

EDUCATION

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  • I support fully funding public education, including redistributing funding for charter schools and school vouchers back into our public education system.
  • I support more transparency and accountability over the handling of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts which are so important for students with special needs and students from underserved communities. 
  • I support increased funding for public schools to address the lack of resources, transportation, technology, and crumbling infrastructure.
  • I support increasing certified teacher pay to at least the national average, and support competitive pay for all educator support staff such as teacher’s aides and paraprofessionals.
  • I support lowering class size through decreasing the student to teacher ratio to 25:1.
  • I support the increase of school counselors on every Arizona public school campus to reach the recommended ratio of 250 students per 1 counselor so as to foster a safe learning environment, provide a timely response to crisis situations, and increase student academic, social, and emotional success.
  • I support models of shared decision-making and meaningful consultation within school communities by engaging students and families in participatory budgeting processes.
  • I support the teaching of not only civic knowledge, but also equipping students with civic attitudes and skills using Arizona state standards and proven high impact state-level and national-level programs, such as Kids Voting, Mock Trial, We the People, Project Citizen, iCivics, and School Participatory Budgeting, alongside community-based partnerships with local civic leaders and organizations.
  • I support the removal of all “school resources officers” from schools to address disparities in school discipline along lines of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability that contributes to over-policing and the school-to-prison nexus, in order to ensure safe and positive school climates for all of Arizona’s students.
  • I support common-sense gun control to help students feel safe.

Paid for by Brianna Westbrook for Arizona.

Brianna Westbrook for Arizona
PO Box 36414 • Phoenix, AZ 85067
info@westbrookforarizona.com