With governors from around the country preparing to end their state shutdowns, former State Senator Judy Burges has issued a call aimed straight at Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey---stop the “house arrest” of Arizona citizens and "...open our Great State of Arizona for business.”
In a press release issued Saturday, April 25th, Burges noted that “the coming economic struggle may prove to be far worse” than the virus itself. Noting that the data collected by the Arizona Department of Health Services shows that five of the state’s 15 counties have no reported deaths from COVID-19, Burges argues that there is no justification in keeping the entire state on lockdown. She states, “Arizona citizens are fully capable of making mature decisions as to their safety and well being.”
According to the Department COVID-19 dashboard which is updated daily, Yavapai County has recorded a single documented death attributable to the virus since data collection began over a month ago. Many other rural areas of the state report relatively low infection rates and mortality.
With her call to reopen Arizona for business, Burges becomes the first candidate vying for election in LD1 to call for an end to the shutdown. Burges is a veteran Republican legislator, having served in both houses of the Arizona legislature from 2005 to 2019, most recently as a State Senator for LD 22. Before the 2010 redistricting changed District boundaries, she represented the southern part of Yavapai County.
She is currently one of five candidates seeking to fill two open house seats in LD1.
The full text of her statement follows:
The Hon. Judy Burges
Former Arizona State Senator and Candidate for House of Representatives - District #1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
While we have struggled with the recent virus, the economic struggle coming may prove to be far worse! The data does not confirm nor warrant five Arizona counties remaining quarantined and not open for business. It’s time to get our economy moving again, and families back to work. Governor Ducey…your stated cure of keeping people under “house arrest” is not justified. In point of fact your response and cure is worse than the virus itself. Arizona citizens are fully capable of making mature decisions as to their safety and well-being. Our founders knew fully well that surrendering freedoms in lieu of safety should never be an option. My fellow Arizonans now fear that their government has overstepped the sacred duty to serve and protect.
Governor Ducey, time is of the essence…open our Great State of Arizona for business!
The Hon. Judy Burges
Candidate for House of Representatives – LD #1
Yavapai County, Arizona
Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-18, issued March 30,2020, which put Arizona on lockdown, expires Thursday, April 30th. A demonstration by patriot groups calling for reopening Arizona for business is scheduled for Monday at the State Capitol in Phoenix.
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