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New lawmaker profile: John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction

Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction (Cronkite News Service photo)

Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction (Cronkite News Service photo)

Name: John Fillmore

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: Republican

Profession: Small business owner, real estate broker in Arizona and Utah.

Hometown: Apache Junction.

Legislative District: No. 23, which stretches from the southern portion of the Tonto National Forest to the Catalina Foothills near Tucson, including Casa Grande.

Committee Assignments: Appropriations; Education; Commerce.

Previous or Current Elected Offices: None.

Highlights of Community Involvement: Board member, Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce; president, Superstition Mountain Republicans Club; Vietnam War veteran.

Why He Ran: “I’m a workaholic. I don’t quit, and I wanted to give something back. I believe that I bring a different perspective to the floor. ”

His Focus: “Cutting the size of government and the economy. I’m not running for re-election, but I’m here on a mission to reduce restrictive cocooning that has been going around our freedoms.”

A Bill: HB 2228 would decriminalize the possession of marijuana (two ounces or less) to make it a petty offense with a fine of $100.

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Reporting by Sarah Whitmire, Cronkite News Service

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