Arizona Senate / Arizona House
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Hollace Lyon, Arizona State House District 11
2018 Race Update: Hollace lost with 22.02%
Retired Colonel Hollace Lyon served for 26 years in the United States Air Force in the Communications and Computers career field. She commanded twice, served at NATO Headquarters in Belgium, and taught war planning at the Armed Forces Staff College to military leaders. In her last assignment, she was the education and training manager for 90,000 personnel, and served on the Air Force Board at the Pentagon, helping set service-wide budgetary and strategic goals.
After retirement, she worked for two corporations where one of her projects required her to spend five months evaluating solutions to strengthen border security.
She is a member of the American Legion Oro Valley Post 132, and the AZ NAACP, as well as the Chambers of Commerce in Arizona City, Casa Grande, Marana, Maricopa, and Oro Valley.
Hollace visited her Mom in southern Arizona often over the past 40+ years and has seen Arizona’s state government shift focus to profit over people, and ideology versus solutions.
She believes we are headed in the wrong direction and wants to listen to all constituents and work across the aisle to find the best solutions.
Hollace is known for her integrity and concern for others. She keeps her word and is someone you can count on.
Jennifer Jermaine, Arizona State House District 18
2018 Race Update: Jennifer won with 26.86%
Legislative District 18 has been Jennifer Jermaine’s home for seven years. Her husband is a Civil Engineer and they have an amazing little girl. Her mom was a trailblazing physicist.
Jennifer has spent years in the nonprofit sector, helping people start and succeed in small businesses. She is the co-founder of Stronger Together Arizona and the We the People Summit, both of which empower individuals to strategize and collaborate to influence public policy. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from ASU and decided early on that her calling is to work for positive change in the public sector.
Her focus is on restoring education funding, protecting civil rights, and honoring our shared values. She pledges to listen and respond to constituent concerns, and work across the aisle to achieve meaningful progress on issues that matter in our daily lives.
All Arizonans deserve to have the same opportunities to succeed that were available to Jennifer. She decided to run because Arizona should be a place of safety, opportunity, and prosperity for all.
Felicia French, Arizona State House District 6
2018 Race Update: Felicia lost with 25.59%
Colonel (Ret) Felicia French is a third generation Arizonian, who lives in rural Arizona. She has a proven commitment to public service, and family well being which she has shown by taking on the roles of a combat veteran, MedEvac helicopter pilot, registered nurse, an educator, and a single mother with over 32 years of leadership experience.
Felicia has her B.S. in Nursing, her M.S. in Management, and an M.S. in Sustainable Solutions. During her military career, she also received training in Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques and in mediation-making her a strong bipartisan candidate.
Her leadership skills were formed through her many experiences by working her way up the ranks from a Private to a Colonel in her 32 years serving in the United States Army, as a combat helicopter pilot and medic, to a nurse manager and senior medical advisor, and through mentoring at-risk youth to becoming an educator at Mesa Community College.
Felicia is known to be accomplished in leading organizations during multiple deployments, including a combat tour in Afghanistan, and humanitarian missions in Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
Her capacity and dedication to public service is also reflected in her volunteer work.
She was recognized in her community as “Volunteer of the Year” in 2016 for her role in the Take Pride Pine & Strawberry Project. She also supports her community by volunteering with the local Civil Air Patrol, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, Community Emergency Response Team, and the Sierra Club.
Felicia is knowledgeable and experienced in matters of the military, health care, and education, which helped create her political platform. She is a strong advocate for veteran’s affairs, affordable accessible quality health care for all, improving Arizona’s education system starting with early-childhood, and creating more sustainable jobs.
She is currently case managing as a hospice nurse in rural Arizona. When she has time to spare, she enjoys hiking, reading, and staying up to date on current events.
2018 Election Update
After the 2016 election, Republicans controlled the Arizona State House 25-35. In the 2018 election, Democrats gain four seats; Republicans maintained control 31-29. EveryDistrict endorsed successful Democratic challenger Jennifer Jermaine (HD 18, LDI: 4). Democrats also flipped the following three districts: HD 10 (LDI: 9), HD 17 (LDI: -11), and HD 28 (LDI: 1).
EveryDistrict identified four other districts as competitive; EveryDistrict endorsed Felicia French (HD 6, LDI: -9) and Hollace Lyon (HD 11, LDI: -16). The other two districts were HD 8 (LDI: -6) and HD 20 (LDI: -8).
Understanding the Map
EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote). For a more realistic example, a district with a score of 10 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 10 points (meaning we would expect the Democratic state legislative candidate to win with 55% of the vote compared to the Republican winning 45% of the vote).
EveryDistrict divides winnable districts into five categories. Dark blue districts lean Democratic and are held by a Democratic legislator. Light blue districts lean Republican and are held by a Democratic legislator. Yellow districts lean Democratic but are held by a Republican legislator; these districts represent the best pick up opportunities for Democrats. Pink districts lean slightly Republican, with a range of 0 up to -5; in the current political climate we’ve identified these districts as pick up opportunities for Democrats. Dark red districts are held by a Republican and have an LDI score of less than -5.
For more information about EveryDistrict’s LDI, please click here.
Updated LDI scores incorporating the 2018 election results will be released in spring 2019.