Ethan Orr

Ethan  Orr


  • NameEthan Orr
  • Party Affiliationrepublican


Age: 38
Employer: Linkages of Arizona, Executive Director
Education: Master of Public Administration degree and bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arizona
Political Experience: Ran for county charter committee, 1996.
Top Priority: Create jobs in Southern Arizona.

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

I have spent years working in economic and workforce development.  I have helped companies expand, created effective training programs and assisted hundreds of people in finding employment.  These experiences have taught me that job growth comes from education, infrastructure and a good regulatory environment.  I will support education programs that work, programs like the Joint Technology Education District, project based education and dual enrolment programs that allow high school students the ability to earn college credits.   Infrastructure improvements between Tucson and Guaymas and the creation of an intermodal site north of the city can create hundred of jobs in southern Arizona.  Additionally I will work to create a competitive tax environment to support business growth.

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

My agency finds work for the most needy in Arizona, and I see first hand the importance of having access to medical care for all of Arizona’s children.  For example for every dollar spent on pre-natal care, society reaps seven times that amount in the reduction of long term health costs.   Programs such as the KidsCare 2 and Pima County Access Program are an excellent start and will provide coverage for thousands of families.  I would vote to replicate and expand these programs.  I would also vote to expand AHCCCS coverage as long as we can do it in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner.  I will work with Republicans and Democrats, both the public and private sectors to ensure that low income families have access to health care.  We should also remember that one of the best ways to get medical coverage for children is for mom or dad to have a good paying job with full benefits.

If you were in a position to vote on SB 1070, would you have voted for or against it?

SB 1070 is the result of a failed federal immigration policy.  We need to work with Sonora to create jobs in our region, which will help Americans who need work and reduce the economic pressures on Mexican workers.  SB1070 did not secure our border or create jobs in Arizona nor did it work with the federal government to address the underlying causes of our immigration problem.   At the federal level we need to create a legal way for hard workers to come and work in the United States, we must fully staff the border patrol in this sector, including the Mariposa port of entry, and reimburse the border communities for the economic damage done by illegal trafficking.

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

Problems with education cannot be solved by funding alone, we need to support teachers in the class room, raise the expectations for our children and give the administration more flexibility to create innovative programs.  Currently 51% of the state budget goes towards education.  I would cut state administrative and lobbying staff in order to find more money for education.  Also, I would improve our prisoner re-entry programs, which will ultimately reduce the money we spend on corrections.  The most important thing we can do is to grow our economy though effective business recruitment and expansion programs, which will create more funding for education.

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

Rosemont has a legal right to mine their site and the project will create hundreds of jobs in our community.  Instead of continually fighting we need to work with them to address and mitigate the environmental issues.  Simple things like using conveyor belts instead of haul trucks can improve air quality and reduce water usage.  An extraction tax can help fund our education system.   I will push for a fully funded mine closure fund to restore the site.  

What is the most important issue in your race?

Creating a vibrant economy with employment opportunities for everyone in Arizona.  We should be focusing on industries where we have a competitive advantage and passing legislation that makes us even more competitive.  As an example, creating a no-fly zone for aerospace development will support local companies and our air force bases.  Supporting the development of the proposed I-11 freeway from Phoenix to Las Vegas will expand the shipping and tourism markets in our state.  My years of experience as a Director of Economic Development, as a business owner and a non-profit director of an agency that helped over 700 people find work last year will help me create solid sustainable policies for our future.


Race District Election Year Election Level Election Type Win
Arizona House District 9 Republican primary 9th legislative 2012 State Primary
Arizona House District 9 District 9 2012 State General

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