Democrat – Legislative District 11 Senate
Phone: (520) 395-0204
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Jo Holt
Address: 13436 N Atalaya Way, Oro Valley, AZ 85755
Age: 61. (10/03/52, Houston, TX).
Arizona since: 1983 and 2007
Occupation: Retired since 2007; research assistant professor, Washington University (St. Louis, MO), School of Medicine, Dept of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, 1992-2007; research scientist, UofA, Dept of Biochemistry, 1983-92.
Education: Ph.D., biochemistry, Colorado State Univ, 1982; B.A., chemistry, Texas A&M Univ, 1975.
Political experience: Candidate, State Senate LD11, 2012.
Interests: Reading, hiking.
Two biggest issues: Arizona’s economy is the biggest issue facing the state, and it is being held back by the perception that Arizonans do not support their public schools and the lack of legislative support for investment in public infrastructure relating to transportation and renewable energy. I plan to work within my district to educate voters on these issues so that they may make their voices heard.
Budget priorities: Arizona needs to invest in our schools and our roads. We need to curtail the spending of taxpayer dollars on private businesses and ideological issues. We need to enhance revenue through careful investment and a fair tax code.
Fiscal philosophy: I do not believe that terms like “liberal” and “conservative” are particularly meaningful. My focus is on investing taxpayer dollars in the infrastructure that is proven to support, directly and indirectly, our small businesses.
Common Core: The Common Core standards are sound and should be implemented. However, the lack of funds for their proper implementation is, as predicted, causing many students and schools to be left behind.
Gifts to elected officials: The major reform is to place further restrictions on gift-giving and to require full transparency for those minor gifts that may still be permitted.
Transparency in government: It is critical to establishing and maintaining trust in our government.
Pro-life / pro-choice: It is a woman’s right, not the prerogative of government, to make her own decisions regarding her own body.
Public policy advice: Primarily to the stakeholders, those who are affected by the policy either directly or indirectly.