Jo Holt


  • NameJo Holt
  • Party Affiliationdemocrat


How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona?

Arizona cannot turn its back on its public school systems and remain competitive. We must reform the state tax code. This is essential to restoring the billions of dollars in lost revenue needed now to support and grow education and infrastructure in our state. Arizona should give Arizona businesses the first opportunity to win state and local contracts before considering out-of-state businesses.

Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible?

Yes. Medicaid is a win-win for the state. The great majority of the funds for Medicaid come from the federal government, and go to help the most vulnerable of our population. Health needs will continue to exist whether Medicaid funds are present or not. As AHCCCS is cut, state and local communities must absorb the cost of this assistance, placing an even greater economic burden on Arizona’s middle class.

If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it?

Against it. It is the responsibility of the state to protect its citizens, but it is not the responsibility of the state to control immigration. And SB1070, in particular, is divisive and fundamentally unfair and unenforceable.

In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education?

Why would something have to be cut to better fund education? According to the Department of Revenue, the state loses billions of dollars of revenue every year in sales tax loopholes and exceptions. Our state revenue decreased dramatically due to the Wall Street Recession, and the Arizona state legislature responded by spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in tax incentives and credits to specific interests, with little transparency and no accountability. In a world of finite resources, priorities must be set, and the basic infrastructure of our state must come first.

Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay?

Augusta Resource Corp. has failed to convince the Tucson mayor, the Tucson city council, and the Pima County Board of Supervisors that the Rosemont Mine is in the best interests of the people of southern Arizona. Although we all use copper in some form in our daily lives, and this would be a state-of-the-art engineering project in a state known for its copper mines, the concern about water resources over the course of the mine’s life are just too difficult to overlook at this time.

What is the most important issue in your race?

The economy of Arizona. Our job market is directly tied to the health of our K-12 schools, our universities and community colleges, and joint technical education and early childhood development programs. Strengthening education is not only the right thing to do, it is the economically sound course of action, and it is a primary responsibility of the state as spelled out in the Arizona Constitution. Public trust in our state government must be restored, and there is no better pathway than finding a way to strengthen and support Arizona education, even in economically tough times.


Race District Election Year Election Level Election Type Win
Arizona Senate District 11 Democratic primary 11th legislative 2012 State Primary
Arizona Senate District 11 District 11 2012 State General

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