Republican – Legislative District 11 House
Phone: (520) 401-2878
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Jo Grant
Address: 258 W Sugar Loaf Rd , Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Age: 62. (07/03/51, Oak Ridge, TN).
Arizona since: 1968
Occupation: Retired; legislative coordinator, Southern Arizona office of the Arizona State Senate & House of Representatives, 1987-2013.
Education: Some college; Mesa H.S., 1969.
Political experience: Amphitheater School District Governing Board since 2013.
Interests: Volunteering in the classroom, reading, learning to play golf, playing Candy Crush and Words with Friends.
Two biggest issues: Education and jobs/economic development: Arizona needs a quality K-12, JTED, community college and university system in order to attract and retain companies that will provide quality high paying jobs here in Arizona. I support improved funding for education. Southern Arizona, in particular, has one of the highest concentration of aerospace, technology and defense related industries. We need to capitalize on those strengths and expand their supply chain. Due to Arizona’s proximity to the border, it creates a natural opportunity to increase jobs across the state. A critical component for safety and our economy is to complete the widening of I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix. In order to be competitive Arizona needs an efficient transportation corridor in order to attract and retain businesses.
Budget priorities: Protect my priorities: education, economic development and transportation.
Fiscal philosophy: Fiscally responsible.
Common Core: I support the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. These higher standards establish high expectations of our students. Our students are being challenged not only to know the answer but to become critical thinkers. Higher standards define what we expect our students to know and understand by the time they graduate from high school. It allows for in-depth learning rather than memorization.
Gifts to elected officials: Legislators are elected to do a job not accept gifts.
Transparency in government: Transparency and public involvement in the government decision making process is very important.
Pro-life / pro-choice: Pro-life.
Public policy advice: It depends on the issue. During the 26 years that I staffed the Southern Arizona office for the State Senate and House of Representatives, I developed relationships all across the district. I am running to represent the constituents in District 11.