Arizona Year End Top 10 Stories

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., talks to campaign volunteers at a Democratic campaign office on primary election day in Phoenix. Arizona voters sent Sinema to the U.S. Senate to replace Republican Jeff Flake, whose criticism of President Donald Trump and his policies led him to forgo a re-election effort. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Pinal County residents made hard choices over the past few months — staying home and social distancing to prevent our health systems from being overwhelmed by the spread of coronavirus. Many Arizonans are making smart decisions to continue those practices, keeping themselves and their loved ones safe and avoiding a spike in new cases that could jeopardize a strong economic recovery.

The federal government has acted to support everyday families, small businesses, and local governments — but too many Arizonans hit roadblocks accessing that critical support because of bureaucratic delays and mismanagement.

Fortunately, my team and I have experience fixing problems and getting things done for Arizonans.

If you are a small business owner struggling to access a Paycheck Protection Program loan, or a health provider working to get personal protective equipment, or a furloughed worker attempting to apply for unemployment insurance, we can help. Contact me at casework@sinema.senate.gov or 602—598—7327.

In Pinal County, my team of social workers and I have helped Arizonans access crucial federal support.

In Casa Grande, we worked with federal agencies to help local employers Gallo Construction and Element Enterprises access Paycheck Protection loans and stay in business.

In San Tan Valley, Maricopa and Coolidge, we helped local residents Charles, Erin, and Judith navigate bureaucratic roadblocks and get their economic relief payments. And we assisted hundreds of residents applying for unemployment insurance.

It is the duty of elected leaders to listen to, and get results for, the people we serve. That mission should fuel our work every single day, and is especially crucial in public crises like the coronavirus pandemic.

As a social worker, I’ve set up my Senate office to be responsive and effective at getting results for our state.

That’s why, when this public health crisis began, I doubled the number of my casework staff working in Arizona to solve problems for everyday Arizonans — and it’s why I hold weekly calls to get direct feedback from business owners, mayors, health providers, and nonprofit leaders across the state.

Listening to you is how I solve problems for Arizona. Hearing your concerns fueled my work to secure a new cell tower for residents in Sunscape RV Resort last year — residents who previously couldn’t contact 911 in emergencies — and is how we built support for the City of Maricopa’s overpass over a rail crossing that previously separated police and fire services from most of the city’s residents.

Over the coming weeks, I will continue listening to Arizonans and working across the aisle to ensure the federal government meets its obligations to our state — supporting efforts to track infections and slow the spread of coronavirus, expanding access to personal protective equipment, and providing crucial resources to cities and counties with fewer than 500,000 residents.

In the meantime, please contact my team and I if you need help. My job is to solve problems and get things done for you, and I pledge to keep doing so every day.

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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is the senior U.S. senator from Arizona.

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