Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
U.S House, District 1: Wendy Rogers echoes Trump, saying ‘We must build the wall’
Name: Wendy Rogers
Political party: Republican
Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 1
City of residence: Flagstaff
Occupation: Owner of home inspection business
EDITOR’S NOTE: Wendy Rogers did not respond to multiple written and telephone requests for an interview. Because she did not respond to questions about her priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News is publishing information about her candidacy based on web research, statements issued by her campaign and media coverage.
Rogers has said her first priority would be supporting President Donald Trump’s efforts to secure the border, end sanctuary cities and limit illegal immigration, according to an interview in August on KGUN-TV in Tucson.
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On her campaign website, she also addressed border issues: “We must build the wall.”
Rogers said securing U.S. borders will require politicians in Washington, D.C., to change their attitudes about the issue.
“We do not have political will. If we had political will, we could increase our Border Patrol manning,” Rogers said in the KGUN-TV interview. “We could serve closer to border, increase surveillance. There are technological means we are not using because we do not have the political will to do so.”
Rogers said that if elected, she would like to serve on the House Intelligence Committee, where she could enact legislation to better equip the U.S. military and secure the U.S. border with Mexico.
Rogers, 64, a retired Air Force pilot and fifth-generation military officer, has said she cares deeply about veterans’ issues.
She said she would make it a priority to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, and she has promised to fight for her fellow veterans. She also has said there should be more veterans serving in Congress.
This is Rogers’ fourth time running for Congress, and she has said her experience owning a business has prepared her to address concerns about the nation’s economy.
“We have been job creators now for the past 21 years,” she said in a YourVoice America interview with Ann Vandersteel in July. “Small business is the backbone of this country, and we need free market to reign.”
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