Democrat Stuart Starky is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent John McCain. He said he hopes voters will look for someone who wants the job.
Starky was born in Long Island, N.Y. He moved to Arizona nine years ago. He currently teaches math at Greenfield School in south Phoenix.
Starky has never held public office. He ran for Congress in 1998 and lost to Bob Stump. He said he is running for Senate because he can be more effective at the national level.
"The issues that are most passionate for me are federal issues," he said.
"A member of the school board can't put 47 air tankers in the air. A school board can't provide health coverage to schools."
As a Democrat, he is currently in the process of gaining support from labor organizations and other party members. There are no other Democratic candidates in the race.
So far, he is financing the campaign through private and web-based contributions.
Starky said he aligns himself with Sen. John Kerry on most issues. The following list highlights his stance on current issues:
- Iraq: set a fixed date to bring the troops home. Allow the United Nations to work with Iraq as a sovereign government.
- Labor: increase the minimum wage to $7.50 per hour.
- Abortion: Pro-choice
- Same-sex marriage: "The very principle of equality makes it very simple to defend the legal right of two people to be married."
- Energy: wants to shift 20 percent of the U.S. energy demand to alternatives such as hydrogen, solar, nuclear coal and hydroelectric methods.
"Right now we have the political equivalent of a perfect storm," Starky said. "There are enough issues to make people take a look."
Starky noted that McCain was ready to leave office and take the presidency in 2000. He said voters want somebody who wants the job of senator.
For more information see www.starkyforsenate.com.