Across the US we are dealing with the challenges that accompany an aging workforce and unbalanced development that tilts toward those with the most money and influence. As one of the biggest employers and spenders in the state of Arizona, Maricopa County has an obligation to use its resources to invest in its communities of color, to house its homeless, to educate its students, and to care for its elderly. This is how we beat our 15% poverty rate, how we keep lights on and water running, and how we continue to be one of the best places to live and work in the world. Jevin Hodge has the compassion, life experiences, and focus needed to allocate our resources in the right direction, to serve not the few, but the many that make up the great Maricopa County. He will do this by investing in the infrastructure of our county, the well-being of our families, and the health of our economy. Recognizing that the election of leaders amounts to an investment of the public’s trust in them, Jevin Hodge will serve transparently and hold his colleagues to a high level of accountability. Jevin Hodge is ready to step up and lead and make sure our sewers and roads are optimized, our workforce is complemented by new technologies and top-notch schools, our population gets the healthcare it needs, and our county government works for the people — not against them.
Investing in Maricopa County’s infrastructure, from its roads and highways to its stormwater and waste systems, is a major priority. Public works are an opportunity to not only improve our cities and state, but also to provide jobs for our residents. As a Supervisor, Jevin Hodge will intently pursue state and federal funding opportunities for as many public works projects as possible to assist the county and cities with the cost of critical infrastructure improvements. Furthermore, the goods and services purchased by the county should, whenever possible, come from within the county. This is how we return the public’s tax dollars and ensure they’re put to work for the people. Maricopa County has an incredible track record for growth; Jevin Hodge will ensure it happens symmetrically, benefiting those on the margins of our society, not just the top earners in the state. We will make sure our workforce is cared for with competitive wages, insurance benefits, education reimbursement, and miscellaneous other lifestyle programs, from transportation subsidies to fitness centers. Jevin Hodge will fight to keep the procurement of hundreds of millions of dollars of goods and services local and build in requirements in contracts that maintain a competitive business environment that treats its workers with respect. He will demand hiring be equitable, meaning the makeup of our workforce will reflect the diversity of our county.
Investing in our community’s personal and economic well-being is a top priority because Jevin Hodge believes nobody should have to sacrifice for their family’s health or to put food on their dinner table. Special attention should be given to providing top-notch health services to veterans, the disabled, and the poor. He will invest heavily in Maricopa County’s public hospitals and other health programs to streamline care, hire more nurses, doctors, and other staff, and subsidize medication. Jevin Hodge will also fight to increase funding for educational institutions training healthcare professionals. Well-being extends to the health of our economy, meaning Jevin Hodge will make it his priority to ensure that the poor and disenfranchised are served by resources that empower them at all times, from hiring situations, to the receipt of high-quality healthcare and education, to the planning of development that is responsible and conscientious of their needs. Investing in our students at all levels will ensure they are ready for the workforce or to pursue advanced degrees. Jevin Hodge believes helping kids that grew up the way he did receive an education is one of the best long-term investments our governments can make. He will specifically support programs in the Maricopa Community College system responsible for trade and career training. Jevin Hodge will advocate for more support for vocational and apprenticeship programs in high schools, as well as the integration of other skills, such as computer programming and foreign language education, into curriculums. This would allow our students to develop new tools and create jobs in industries that may not even exist yet. With a special focus on early childhood education, he will make all types of education affordable in order to give people the tools they need to succeed and give back to their community.
Finally, Jevin Hodge will uphold tremendous advancements in accountability, showing the public that their investment in responsible leadership pays dividends to the entire county. We need to make sure internal accountability systems within the county are up to date and demand that our leadership be responsive to the needs of the community. Jevin Hodge is running to ensure everyone has a seat at the table and a voice in the governing process. His door will always be open to leaders from labor unions, tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and educational institutions. As a leader, he will be accountable to himself and his coworkers on the board, he will be accountable to the citizens who elect him today, and he will be accountable to the future generations of Maricopa County residents.