Billy grew up in Southern Arizona in the 1990s (back when our public schools were ranked 34th in the nation rather than 46th). Billy is running for state house because (even before COVID-19), Arizona ranked 50th or near-50th on almost every measure of social well-being. Near-50th on K-12 education. Near-50th in labor rights. 50th in unemployment benefit payments. The list goes on. Billy is running because it’s not enough to elect Democrats who merely vote against bad policies without offering anything better.
As a civil rights attorney, Billy has fought for DREAMers, won unpaid wages for workers, and sued the Trump Administration. It’s often said that where you stand depends on where you sit. Like many of his generation, Billy does not have health insurance, has a house-mortgage size student loan debt, and is a lifelong renter. As a legislator, Billy hopes to fight to make sure that his generation has the social safety net and workplace assurances that his parents had.