Ajlan "AJ" Kurdoglu
"The primary election results are in, and sadly we came up short. We have been proud to run this campaign on a message of positivity – always looking to a brighter future even as roadblocks are thrown in our path. Because where else could a kid from Istanbul have the chance to run for office and to represent the community he calls home?
Thank you to everyone and every organization who has supported me and believed in me along the way. I have been so humbled by your support. I especially want to thank my partner and the love of my life, Victoria. I couldn’t have done this without her!
While this is the end of this chapter, my service to the community I call home is never-ending. I will continue to work to make our state better."
Community building must be at the front of all our decision-making. We live, work, and thrive in our communities — and we can only do that with good schools, great local jobs, and affordable housing.
small & micro businesses
I'm a small business owner. I've been through recessions, shutdowns, and times of prosperity. Small and micro businesses give our communities character, jobs, and independence. Any legislative decisions must prioritize the small businesses that build our communities.
Safe, affordable housing is the most essential need for community members. Home prices are skyrocketing and putting families out of the market and out of the community, further hurting small businesses. Arizona needs healthy neighborhoods and communities, not overpriced rentals owned by corporations and the uber-wealthy.
When our families have affordable housing, and good jobs at local businesses, they also need a great place for their kids to receive an education. Arizona's education system is ranked among the worst in the nation in student to teacher ratio. Our state must increase teacher pay, reduce class sizes, and find ways to retain more educators.
Protecting Abortion Access
Abortion is healthcare. The legislature has no business telling someone when and how to have a kid or when and how to start a family.
When I am in the legislature, I will work hard to restore abortion access in Arizona.
I believe we must work together at a legislative level to pass gun reform in our state. I support closing the gun show loophole and will work with gun control advocates to pass meaningful legislation.