Matthew Cerra

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Matthew Cerra
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Candidate for
Arizona House of Representatives District 16
Bachelor'sMichigan State University, 2006
Master'sUniversity of Phoenix, 2009
Campaign website
Matthew Cerra was a 2012 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election for District 16 of the Arizona House of Representatives.

Cerra earned his B.S. from Michigan State University in 2006. He went on to receive both his Master's of Adult Education in Training and Process Improvement in 2009 and in Curriculum and Instruction and ESL in 2010 from the University of Phoenix.[1]


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Cerra stated the following in a biographical submission to Ballotpedia.[1]

"I believe that America has always done its best when we invest in ourselves. Through proper education, investments in infrastructure and pushing ourselves to achieve the greatest heights of human achievement we have always done well. While in office I would like to set Arizona, and hopefully the nation by our example, towards a path of greater prosperity for the majority of Americans that work hard every day and are unable to really achieve the American Dream they were promised. I want to invest in road, rail, and telecommunications projects that will help our educators create a state that everyone knows is a leader in the sciences and will be creating the next big ""things"" for the global economy."

On an Arizona Chamber of Commerce Endorsement Questionnaire Cerra explained why he ran and what sets him apart from other candidates, stating:

"I have become ashamed of many of the aggressive and short-sighted laws passed in my home state. Arizona can be a leader in education, energy and high-end aeronautical sciences and the work being done is not pushing those goals." "I am not a single issue candidate. I do not support the "birther's" priorities. I fully support women's right to all the healthcare they need (including pre-natal care). And, I am for making public education as free as possible, which is the current state law.[2] "



Cerra ran in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives, District 16. Cerra ran unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary. He was defeated in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Coleman 35.4% 41,063
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Townsend 35.1% 40,720
     Democratic Matthew Cerra 21.5% 24,942
     Democratic Cara Prior (Write-in) 7.8% 9,094
     Green Party Bill Maher 0.2% 234
Total Votes 116,053

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