Arizona Senate / Arizona House
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Hollace Lyon, Arizona State House District 11
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
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
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.
Arizona is a ruby red state that Democrats have long had in their sights as a potential blue state, thanks to changing demographics.
Arizona is currently a Republican trifecta, with Republicans controlling the Governorship and both houses of the state legislature. Democrats have had some success in statewide contests over the years; Bill Clinton won the state in 1996, and Janet Napolitano won the Governor’s race in 2002 and 2006. Also, Republicans only have a four seat margin in the State Senate, controlling the chamber 17 to 13. Republicans control the State House 35 to 25.
This year could be the year Democrats wrest power away from Republicans in the State House, as there are strong pick up opportunities in both chambers that would put Democrats in the majority.
To win the majority, Democrats need to pick up 3 seats in the State Senate, and 6 seats in the State House. This year, Democrats have the opportunity to win back both chambers.
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 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote).
EveryDistrict divides winnable districts into three categories: Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III. Tier I districts lean Democratic but are held by a Republican state legislator. Tier II districts lean slightly Republican, with a range of 0 up to -5. Tier III districts lean slightly more Republican, with a range of -5 up to -10. For more information about EveryDistrict’s LDI, please click here.
In the State Senate there is one seat that leans Democratic (Tier I): Senate District 28. Then, there are another three seats in the Tier III category: Senate Districts 6, 8, and 20.
Though Tier III seats tend to be more Republican, they are in play this year due to the dynamics we’re seeing in special elections across the country. Democrat Hiral Tipirneni made it a close race against Republican Debbie Lesko in the special election for Arizona’s 8th congressional district in April 2018. Cook’s PVI ranks the district as an R+13 (meaning the district generally votes for Republicans by 13 points), but Lesko only defeated Tipirneni by 5 points.
In the State House, there are two members per district. There are three Democratic-leaning (Tier I) districts, each with one Republican and one Democratic member: House Districts 10, 18, 28. There are three seats in the Tier III category (the same as the Senate Districts): House Districts 6, 8, and 20.
What’s At Stake
Fair maps are at the heart of why a Democratic majority in the Arizona state legislature is critical. In 2000, voters approved Proposition 106 and amended the state’s Constitution to take redistricting power away from the state legislature, creating the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC). Since then, the IRC has been successful in its mission; Arizona has been ranked one of the least gerrymandered states. This, of course, has infuriated Republicans who have tried several different ways to re-exert control over redistricting. Their most recent attempt proposed changing the number of members on the Commission (to skew Republican) and changing the rules for how districts are to be drawn, which advocates say would lead to less minority representation.
Arizona is one of many Republican-held states that have refused to enact common sense gun safety measures. In the wake of the Parkland High School shooting, Democrats tried to force a vote on a measure to ban “bump stock” devices. Republicans thwarted that attempt and refused to even hold a hearing on the proposal.
Arizona is one of 13 states with a pre-Roe v. Wade ban. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Arizona still has laws on the books that would go into effect making abortion illegal.
EveryDistrict endorses candidates in competitive districts that are committed to moving their communities forward, have strong connections to their districts, and have a campaign strategy in place to win. In Arizona, EveryDistrict has endorsed: Wade Carlisle (SD 6), Christine Marsh (SD 28), Felicia French (HD 6), Hollace Lyon (HD 11), and Jennifer Jermaine (HD 18).