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2/14/2014 6:02:00 AM
Unapologetic conservative comes out swinging at GOP forum
Christine Jones
Christine Jones
Forum Q&A
Arizona gubernatiorial candidate Christine Jones also took questions from the audience during her appearance at the Mohave Republican Forum Wednesday.

Q: What is your position on the expansion of Medicaid? Would you have signed the bill?

A: No, I would not have signed the bill in its current form. There needs to be limits on time, and let's agree to stop using the word 'entitlement' for 'safety net' that needs to go away. Time limits because able-bodied people can work and we all know it's you paying for it, and we need to make drug testing mandatory to receive benefits. Who wants to defend that lawsuit? I will.

Q: What about restoring HURF (Highway User Revenue Fund) and vouchers for education?

A: I'm in favor of school choice and not opposed to considering any option on the table that improves education. Regarding taxes like HURF, when you put one dollar in and only 55 cents comes out; we need to look at administrative costs and waste.

Q: Where do you stand on reducing taxes?

A: I love the idea of eliminating some taxes altogether but there's no feasible plan. Lower taxes put more money in the pockets of people to stimulate the economy, and we need incentives to create new revenue in Arizona. Maybe we give new companies incentives to create new revenue without penalizing existing companies, those who are already here, for creating new revenue. When we sold Go Daddy for $2.5 billion, guess how much we paid in taxes? A couple of hundred million and there was no thank you note, no flowers, no fruit basket - nothing, so I'm generally in favor of lower taxes.

Q: About the funds swept from cities by the legislature, there's more than HURF. The state sweeps 83 percent. Are you aware of all that and how can you help?

A: Yes. SLIF (State Lake Improvement Fund) impact your area. It's a grand sweep and part of the problem is transparency and accountability. We need to reduce administrative costs through increased efficiency and transparency. And, as any good administrator knows, rather than pull the power and spending back to the state Capitol, we need to push it out to the local level because you know the needs at the local level.

By Eve Hanna
Miner reporter

KINGMAN - Gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones came out swinging at Wednesday's meeting of Mohave Republican Forum, declaring herself an "unapologetic conservative" and noting that other invited candidates, Alice Yvonne Lukasik and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, were no shows.

"I understood that this was a forum and I wouldn't want to debate me either," Jones said. "I'm getting outside the 'great state of Maricopa' because issues are unique to each place and it's important to me that, if I am to be governor of Arizona, I represent all of the state."

In a nod to Statehood Day today, Jones quoted the words of the late Chaplain Seaborn Crutchfield, spoken during the Arizona Constitutional Convention of 1910, placing Arizona among the "grand galaxy of states... as the brightest star in the Union," and said, "When you love something you want it to thrive and be great, and I have a plan to make it so."

Describing herself as an "unapologetic conservative and a fierce defender of the Constitution," Jones said her priorities are economic development, education and enforcement of immigration laws.

Citing her experience as an attorney, CPA, and executive vice president of Go Daddy, an internet domain registrar and web hosting company based in Scottsdale, Jones recalled the "roadblocks and hoops" the company had to jump through while trying to bring 4,000 jobs to the valley.

"Economic development is the way to continue to grow this state and government should be enabling growth of the private sector, not inhibiting it," she said.

"Arizona is one of the last great, free states," said Jones, and she emphasized the need to develop policies to streamline the process of starting a business in Arizona.

"Companies are leaving California," she said. "And we need to offer incentives to entice those companies to relocate to Arizona, not fly over us on their way to Texas where Rick Perry is doing a great job."

As governor, Jones promised to "get the government out of the way" and make it more efficient.

On the topic of education, Jones said, "Common Core is not the answer," referring to a new school curriculum that has many conservative critics.

Jones said that her husband began teaching after he retired from the military, and that education is something the couple takes seriously. Jones said that she would use her background as a CPA to uncover waste. She also advocates closing failing schools and made a commitment to "give cover to any local official who needs to shut down a failing school," calling them a "waste of time, energy, resources, and reputation."

"Enforcement of immigration law is the one issue that everyone wants to talk about," Jones said, adding, "Congress and the administration doesn't want it solved."

"We won't get the federal government to solve this, so the state must lead the way on this issue because immigration impacts economic development, education and healthcare."

Jones wrapped up by calling herself a "wild card."

"There is a 'line of succession' that my candidacy is not a part of. However, I've never taken a paycheck from the state. I come with no strings attached. I don't owe anybody anything but honesty and integrity."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Reading her agenda I will give my vote.
We have endured the years of Darwinnism, moderate and now post modernism to the point we need to get back to traditionalism and every state taking their state out of the clutches of the Fed. Far Left Wing dictatorship ideology.

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Article comment by: Willard Whyte

Didn't Bennett come last month?

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

I wonder if any more will visit us in Mohave County. Christine Jones told me when asked that she does support ending felonies for Marijuana. She also understands that a Marijuana DUI must be substantiated with actual impairment not based solely on metabolites. She scores high on liberty of the individual and recognizing a bad law.

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Article comment by: Just A Thought

I hope the fine people of Kingman are starting to wake up to the madness.

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Article comment by: one size fits all (small-minded people) .....

Sounds like she would test the 19 y/o mother of two or three unrelated kids as quick as the 59 y/o disabled worker. Let us know, OK?

Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Article comment by: THE TEA PARTY IS ON KOCH

"I just hope you are one that sticks to your principles no matter how much the liberals, women or minorities dislike you position"

Wow! You have just painted this candidate into a very tiny corner! Who is going to vote for her? regressive/tea partiers? Good luck!

Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"declaring herself an 'unapologetic conservative'...."

Yawn. Another no jobs and interference with women's health care decsions person. A shoe-in for Mohave County with its long list of uesless, do nothing politicians.

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014
Article comment by: Attention Getter

Good journalism tactic by Eva, the story starts off describing a women who looks as she does with a "go daddy dot com" background coming out my attention.

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014
Article comment by: Trained Observer

Another "conservative" that is using sensationalism to whip the Republicans into a frenzy. School vouchers? No I do not think I should have to pay for someone else's optional choices. If parents want something other than public school. let them pay for it. Florida tried mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients. The rate of fraud was extremely low and the amount of money 'saved' didn't cover that program. Oh and able bodied people would like to work and be able to pay for their own medical treatment. The reality is that there are very few jobs. What is this "candidate" proposing to do for job creation? As for Go Daddy, why would a company deserve a fruit basket or anything else from the government? That company was noted for gender discrimination. Why would that behavior be rewarded? Failing schools? Get rid of No Child Left Behind which was only started to enrich a Bush family member. More nonsense from the Republicans.

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I just hope you are one that sticks by your principles no matter how much the liberals, women or minorities dislike your position. The last thing this country needs are more liberal whack jobs like Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein or Hillary.

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