BY: ARTHI MACHERLA
Earlier this month, the Phoenix Country Day School Chapter of Next Generation Politics held a forum with Arizona House of Representatives Member Kelli Butler. Members had the opportunity to ask Rep. Butler questions, advocate for issues they care about, and interact with their state representative.
Three topics led the discussion: gun control in Arizona, the education budget in Arizona, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act in Arizona. However, the meeting began with Rep. Butler providing attendees with some insight regarding how she entered government as well as some of her beliefs and history of work in the Arizona Legislature; members learned that she serves as a member of the education, business, and medical committees. Rep. Butler also mentioned that she enjoys meeting with her younger constituents, and so the group discussed ideas on how to further involve young people in the political process. Students who were not able to attend the forum sent in their questions via email and social media. While not every student will ultimately enter the field of government, it is essential that they are aware of the functions and responsibilities of their state government, and that is exactly what this event helped facilitate.
Overall, Arizona NGP’s forum with Rep. Butler was productive and informative, and chapter leaders across the state look forward to meeting with Rep. Butler’s colleagues in the upcoming weeks.