James Woods (Arizona)

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James Woods
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDobson High School, 1997
Campaign website
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James Woods was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of Arizona.[1] Woods lost in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Woods attended Mesa Community College and worked for internet service providers and technology support start-ups for a number of years. Woods nearly died and completely lost his vision when he contracted a rare illness at the age of 26. He has overcome his illness with the help of government programs including Medicaid/Medicare, Social Security Disability and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.[2]


Campaign themes


Woods' campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Equality: "I have a vision for an America in which government is a Progressive instrument of the people used to empower all of us to live in safety and happiness. To succeed, we must ensure equality of opportunity for everyone. When anyone is denied full inclusion in social and civic life, it degrades our economy and takes a terrible toll on our communities. I support policies that safeguard equal treatment, protection and opportunity for everyone."
  • Reason: "I have a vision for an America in which we approach governance with the best evidence we have available--not ideology, revelation or religion. Public policy decisions should be made rationally through an unbiased examination of facts, efficacy and outcomes. This gives us the best possible chance of steering the country toward the advancement of prosperity for all. We must thoughtfully avoid the unverified opinions and irrational prejudices in our lawmaking process that thwart our common pursuit of happiness."
  • Compassion: "I have a vision for for an America in which elected officials commit themselves to a compassionate and empathetic government. This kind of the commitment keeps us connected to the needs of all people, above special interest or self interest, and allows us to collaborate in a way that elevates social and economic status universally. Compassionate governance takes us beyond disconnected, paternalistic lawmaking and instead equips us to make real improvements to the wellbeing and happiness of everyone."
  • Innovation: "I have a vision for an America in which we purposefully forge our history rather than being pushed by it. We need to encourage community-initiated policy ideas that address unmet needs in the cities, states, towns and neighborhoods where they exist. We must overcome our resistance to change and remain receptive to social, scientific, entrepreneurial and governmental solutions that may challenge the status quo. Adopting a preferential option for innovation means we will be able to put the very best ideas to the service of the very best quality of life for all."
  • Sustainability: "I have a vision for an America in which our communities, businesses, economy and resource chains are invested in sustainability. We can grow our economy in smart, intentional ways while at the same time reducing our environmental impact and minimizing unintended consequences at all levels of society. Our creative attentiveness to sustainability will provide us with the opportunity to meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own."


—James Woods' campaign website, http://jameswoodsforcongress.com/#platforms



See also: Arizona's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Woods ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arizona's 5th District. Woods ran unopposed in the primary on August 26, 2014. He was defeated by incumbent Matt Salmon (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5][6]

U.S. House, Arizona District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Salmon Incumbent 69.6% 124,867
     Democratic James Woods 30.4% 54,596
Total Votes 179,463
Source: Arizona Secretary of State

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Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Woods' reports.

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