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Finchem, Mark

Republican – Legislative District 11 House

Phone: (520) 808-7340

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.votefinchem.com

Facebook: Mark Finchem

Twitter: @VoteFinchem2014

Address: 12849 N Bloomington Loop , Oro Valley, AZ 85755

Age: 57. (04/24/57, Detroit, MI).

Arizona since: 1999

Occupation: Managing partner, ReadMyRear.com, since 2008;
associate broker, Long Realty Company, since 2008.

Marital: Married

Children: 4

Education: Six Sigma (Green Belt) Management, Intuit Management School, 2006; A.A.S. (with honors), criminal justice, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 1984; SW Regional Police Academy (2nd in Class), Dean’s List, 1982; paramedic licensure, Grand Valley State College Extension, 1978; bio-sciences, Alma College, 1977.

Political experience: Candidate, Oro Valley Town Council, 2010 (an unsuccessful bid); supporter of multiple fiscally conservative candidates; supporter of effort to quash Medicaid expansion.

Interests: U.S. Constitution and the Federalist Papers, family, gardening, local travel, Young Life
Compassion International.

Two biggest issues: Protecting state sovereignty (the co-equal relationship of state and federal governments): Regular and vigorous assertion of Arizona sovereignty in opposition to federal government overreach of enumerated powers. This affects education, economic development, infrastructure and the quality of life that Arizonans enjoy. Overreach by the federal government is a root cause of many of the challenges we face today. Protection of private property rights against government overreach at all levels. Truth in taxation, regulatory schemes designed to limit the use of private property and attempts to use tools like eminent domain as justification to take private property and property rights is a serious threat to Arizona’s prosperity.

Budget priorities: Locally controlled education is a high priority for me. Growing the capability for Arizona to increase tax revenue is important. That is why I support the work of the American Lands Council and why I believe Arizona should work with Utah, New Mexico, Nevada and other western states to receive extinguished title for our lands. Arizona is often compared to other states that have control of as much as 97% of the land in their state, while Arizona has control (and by association taxable opportunity) over no more than 17% of the lands within our state. Gaining title to the promised lands of our state from Congress as promised in our 1912 Enabling Act is critical to funding education and economic growth. Our infrastructure is in serious need of updating and repair. We must stop the practice of HURF sweeping and properly fund infrastructure maintenance. High-end job creators look at the basic responsibilities of state government and infrastructure as relocation criteria.

Fiscal philosophy: Fiscal conservative. We will always have more priorities than resources, doing what government must do comes first.

Common Core: Common Core violates at least three federal statutes and is in direct violation of the 10th Amendment. Education is not an enumerated power that the people or the state gave to the federal government. This is a responsibility of the local school boards. Common Core was not a creation of the states as we have been told, but of the federal government and big business education lobby.

Gifts to elected officials: I think gifts to elected officials are inappropriate. I am not familiar with this issue and will have to examine it before making further comment.

Transparency in government: The constitutional republic form of government we have must demonstrate true transparency at all levels. We no longer have a truly transparent government from the county to the state to the federal government. When legislators at every level vote on bills they have not read or had time to digest, we lose transparency. When we have taxation schemes that hide taxes that the consumer pays, we lose transparency. Adequate notice to all and oversight is essential to keep special interests at bay and protect the tax payers.

Pro-life / pro-choice: I am in the camp of the framers of our Constitution. In the preamble of our U.S. Constitution, the framers were succinct, “…to secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves [those of us who are already born] and our Posterity [those of yet to come]”. Our nation has endured state sanctioned genocide for long enough. We must support and promote life from conception to natural death to be a truly civil society.

Public policy advice: Subject matter authorities from multiple sides on the various issues.

Grant, Jo

Republican – Legislative District 11 House

Phone: (520) 401-2878

Email: [email protected]

Website: Grantforaz.com

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.

Marital: Widowed

Children: 4

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.

Holt, Jo

Democrat – Legislative District 11 Senate

Phone: (520) 395-0204

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.Holt4Senate.com

Facebook: Jo Holt

Twitter: @Holt4Senate

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.

Marital: Widowed

Children: 1

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.

Leach, Vince

Republican – Legislative District 11 House

Phone: (520) 818-8814

Email: [email protected]

Website: VinceLeach.com

Facebook: Vince Leach

Twitter: @VinceLeach

Address: 62927 East Harmony Drive, Tucson, AZ 85739

Age: 65. (08/02/48, Wild Rose, WI).

Arizona since: 2009

Occupation: Small business owner, Diversified Options, LLC, since 2005; business manager, Matrix Products, 1998-2009; regional manager, Allied Mineral Products, 1992-98; salesman, Allied Mineral Products, 1988-92.

Marital: Married

Children: 1

Education: B.S., political science/history, University of Wisconsin, St. Point, 1970.

Legis exp: Campaign worker for various local, state and federal candidates.

Interests: Public policy, distance walking.

Two biggest issues: Jobs: Growing the job market is of prime importance as it primes the pump and starts a wealth building cycle. It is the rock on which a solid citizenry and government can function efficiently. Less taxes/smaller government: Government should not take $1 more than needed to efficiently serve the citizens of the state. More money in the hands of the citizens means more and faster growth of the economy. Arizona is currently spending 3% of the General Fund on interest payments on state debt. This needs to be lowered to reduce taxes. Government functions best when the free market is allowed to function properly. Government needs to step away from the ‘enforcer of rules and regulations’ and more to being an ‘enhancer of the economy and private sector jobs.’

Budget priorities: Balance the state budget by increasing revenue through economic growth.

Fiscal philosophy: Conservative.

Common Core: I support higher standards for K-12 education that are Arizona developed and approved. I am concerned about the loss of local control of our schools in the ACCRS program. I am also concerned about elements of the ACCRS curriculum as observed recently in the Sierra Vista and Oro Valley School Districts. The costs of implementation are another area of concern. No cost information or a cost/benefit analysis is available for this program.

Gifts to elected officials: I am not currently aware of any changes that need to be made. That being said, I am a proponent of more (not less) government transparency, so I will look at each and every suggestion brought forward.

Transparency in government: I am a proponent of more (not less) government transparency.

Pro-life / pro-choice: Pro-life.

Public policy advice: I have been involved in public policy since 2009. That involvement has provided me with numerous contacts in various fields and disciplines, both private and public. I will utilize as many contacts as needed to fully analyze the public policy presented.

Lyon, Holly

Democrat – Legislative District 11 House

Phone: (520) 822-6566

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.lyonfor11.com

Facebook: Holly Lyon

Twitter: @Lyonfor11

Address: 37812 S. Desert Bluff Dr. , Tucson, AZ 85739

Age: 57. (07/24/56, Port Angeles, WA).

Arizona since: 2008

Occupation: Retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force, 2005; IT management consultant, L-3; IT management consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton; self-employed IT management consulting business, 2008-09.

Marital: Partnered

Education: Master’s degree, strategic studies, Air War College, Air University; M.A., computer resources management, Webster University; B.A., health and physical education, The College of Idaho.

Political experience: Assisted legislative campaigns in Arizona since 2010; campaign manager, Holt for Senate 2012 campaign.

Interests: I am taking piano lessons and started some voice lessons. I love golf and do some mild jogging.

Two biggest issues: The economy needs to improve to create more sustainable, quality jobs. That can be done by investing in public education so every child receives a quality education and improving public infrastructure and utilities, including renewable energy. These two public investments will prove that AZ is serious about good business and willing to provide the backbone required, including an educated and ready workforce. I would attempt to get the Legislature to obey the AZ State Constitution by ensuring a free and quality education to every child, and stop sweeping the HURF monies for other purposes. Finally, I would encourage the state Legislature to pass ethics laws that apply to all state employees, including legislators, along with campaign finance changes that would create elections that evenly and fairly present the candidates to voters in a way that compares them so voters have a fair basis for choosing.

Budget priorities: Public education; infrastructure, including utilities; health and safety of our residents. I believe we have an incredible state with beautiful and wonderful resources. We don’t need to discount our value to attract companies, but we do need to offer a competitive edge in our resources.

Fiscal philosophy: Legislators are responsible for being good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars. I believe everyone should pay their fair share to ensure a quality public infrastructure, including an educated and ready work force. I also believe the state should live within its means.

Common Core: These standards were created by a consortium of advisors and voluntarily adopted by most states. Having standards is good. However, a moratorium should be put on the high-stakes testing. Then, as we evaluate the application of the standards we can look to refine them, along with input from other states, and determine how best to evaluate them and how well students are able to attain them.

Gifts to elected officials: No gift over an incidental value (maybe $15) may be accepted. All other “gifts” become property of the state. Gifts include travel, lodging, and other non-material services. Once a person becomes an elected official, that person must adhere to the highest standards. They need to focus on doing their jobs well, not what they can get out of their jobs for their own futures.

Transparency in government: Transparency is very important! In a democracy, such as state government, it is critical to public engagement and trust. The government is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Pro-life / pro-choice: I believe a woman has the right to choose, and it is the law of the land. No woman wants to have an abortion. It is an extremely traumatic experience, and we should not erect false obstacles that make the experience even more psychologically scarring.

Public policy advice: Former Senator Paula Aboud; my mentor, Joe Robison; family.