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J.L. Mealer
J.L. Mealer.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Arizona
PartyAmericans Elect of Arizona
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDobson High School (1984)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
ProfessionCivil Engineer
Personal website
Campaign website
J.L. Mealer campaign logo
John Lewis "J.L." Mealer is a 2016 Americans Elect of Arizona candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Arizona.[1]

Mealer was an Americans Elect of Arizona candidate for Governor of Arizona in the 2014 elections.[2] J.L. Mealer lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Mealer has worked as a civil engineer, developer and automobile manufacturer, with experience in alternative energy design and implementation, industry evaluation and relocation/development.[3]

He listed the following professional credentials: nMEng/MSc (Master's Engineering), nB.ScEng (Master's Science Engineering), Member of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), nME (Mechanical Engineer), MEng (Engineering and Technology) and M.ASCE (Affiliate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers).[3]

Mealer attended Mesa, Ariz. schools and graduated from Dobson High School in 1984. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and received engineering training and teaching experience in engineering related fields from the Phoenix Institute of Technology. He also has several non-accredited degrees in engineering. As well as civil, his engineering fields include mechanical, hydraulic and alternative energy engineering.[4]

He is affiliated with organizations such as the U.S. Air Force, Global Heavy Airlift, NASCAR, Indy, DoD and Manufacturing of America.[3]

In a biography submitted by the candidate via e-mail on June 4, 2013, Mealer described his political philosophy as follows: "NO politics, KNOW growth. Politics and pay-to-play scams have destroyed America. Through enforcement of the LAW, I expect to drastically change the method by which politicians and ALL elected officials have destroyed American's rights and our entire national infrastructure."


  • Powell Junior High School
  • Dobson High School (1984)
  • University of Arizona - Bachelor's degree[4]
  • Phoenix Institute of Technology

On The Issues Vote Match

JL Mealer's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Mealer is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Mealer received a score of 35 percent on social issues and 78 percent on economic issues.[5]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[6]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Neutral
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Neutral
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Neutral
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[5] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: United States Senate election in Arizona, 2016

Mealer is running in the 2016 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Arizona.[1] The general election will take place November 8, 2016.


See also: Arizona Gubernatorial election, 2014

Mealer ran for election to the office of Governor of Arizona. Mealer secured the Americans Elect Party nomination in the August 26 primary. [2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Governor of Arizona, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Ducey 53.4% 805,062
     Democratic Fred DuVal 41.6% 626,921
     Libertarian Barry J. Hess 3.8% 57,337
     Americans Elect J.L. Mealer 1% 15,432
     Nonpartisan Write-ins 0.1% 1,664
Total Votes 1,506,416
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.

Race background

Outside money in the gubernatorial race

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) and other outside groups supporting Doug Ducey (R) spent $3.4 million through mid-October on TV ads to portray Fred DuVal (D) as a puppet of lobbyists and special interests in Arizona. An analysis by The Republic showed that Ducey and DuVal were both recipients of significant campaign contributions from lobbyists. This analysis revealed that lobbyists contributed $185,000 to Ducey and $250,000 to DuVal by the report's publication on October 26. The Republic showed that 11 percent of DuVal's overall contributions in 2014 came from lobbyists, placing this analysis into context.[7]

Term limits for Gov. Brewer

Incumbent Jan Brewer (R) was term-limited from seeking re-election, leaving the seat open for the 2014 electoral cycle. The race was rated "Likely R" by The Cook Political Report, meaning Brewer would be succeeded by another Republican.[8] Meanwhile, Governing rated the general election between major party nominees Doug Ducey (R) and Fred DuVal (D) as a "Toss-up."[9]

Brewer was originally appointed to the position in 2009 and was elected once in 2010. Arizona's term limit laws preclude any individual who has occupied the governor's office during two consecutive terms from running for re-election. Brewer and some of her supporters asserted that the law does not adequately account for the conditions of Brewer's incomplete first term. Hints that Brewer would pursue an exemption from the term-limit law or otherwise attempt to circumvent the eligibility restriction began in November 2012 and persisted until March 2014. A crowded field of Republican hopefuls rushed into the race to replace Brewer as Arizona's chief executive official before the first filing window closed in May. Former Arizona Board of Regents President Fred DuVal earned an automatic pass to the general election as the sole Democratic Party entrant.

Heated Republican primary

The hotly contested GOP primary attracted several big names from government and the private sector, such as outgoing Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Mesa mayor Scott Smith and former executive vice president Christine Jones. Ducey looked to be the front-runner in the months leading up to the primary, owing to a consistent polling lead and strong name recognition, although Smith and Jones were close on his tail. After Ducey won the Republican primary on August 26, 2014, defeated challengers Thomas and Riggs immediately endorsed Ducey. Bennett, Smith and Jones, however, in an act that defied post-primary custom, all declined to give the nominee their automatic support. The trio of former candidates also skipped the Arizona Republican Party "unity breakfast" held the morning after election day. Explaining their reticence to the Arizona Republic the day after Ducey's primary victory, the recently eliminated contenders cited some unspecified "issues" with some of Ducey's stances and their lingering skepticism over Ducey's account of his role in a legal dispute stemming from the 2007 sale of Cold Stone Creamery.[10] In the subsequent weeks, all three came around to backing Ducey for the general election.[11]

Rounding out the ballot

With all eyes trained on the GOP contest in the final stretch of the primary campaign season, the number of minor-party and unaffiliated contenders who qualified or were in the process of qualifying for placement on the November 4 ballot swelled to 17. After the primary, Ducey joined DuVal and this diverse pool of lesser known candidates seeking to fill the open governor's seat.[12][13]


September 29 debate

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission hosted a debate featuring Doug Ducey (R), Fred DuVal (D), Barry J. Hess (L) and Americans Elect candidate J.L. Mealer. The four candidates divided into separate camps over the state's expansion of a health-insurance program for low-income residents. Ducey opposed the expansion prior to implementation, but would allow continuation of the expansion over a three-year period where the federal government provides matching funds. Hess also expressed reservations about the program, arguing that he would cut the program because its success has led to excessive tax increases. DuVal and Mealer voiced support for the expansion, with DuVal noting that repeal would be burdensome not only to patients but the state economy.[14]

The debate also highlighted differences among the major party candidates over driver's licenses for young adults who came to the United States without proper documentation. Gov. Jan Brewer has blocked issuance of licenses to this group and Ducey would continue the policy if elected. DuVal called the governor's actions "mean-spirited" and suggested that repealing the prohibition would be his first act as governor.[14]

Campaign themes

  • "Vote Mealer or Stay Home... Do not waste another vote on corruption."[3]
  • “Somewhere along the line, our Liberty vanished, ...I am certain I speak for all of us when I say, “WE WANT IT BACK and WE’RE NOT ASKING!”"[4]
  • "Your LIfe, Your Vote, Arizona's Future. Confident, Proven Revitalization and Re-stabilization Strategies."[4]
  • "Because Arizona cannot handle another four years of pay-to-play politics."[4]

Campaign donors

In describing his campaign donor base, Mealer said, "Individuals. This is about clean elections. No corporate or lobbyist influence whatsoever."[3]


General election
Ducey vs. DuVal vs. Hess

Arizona Governor - General election match-ups
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)Barry J. Hess (L)Undecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Hart-Yang (D)
February 3-6, 2014
The Arizona Republic
August 24-25, 2014
Terrance (R-Arizona Free Enterprise Club)
September 15-17, 2014
Keating (D-Restore Arizona's Future PAC)
September 17-19, 2014
Moore Information
October 7-8, 2014
American Encore
October 20-22, 2014
AVERAGES 38.33% 36.33% 6.83% 18.17% +/-4.15 532.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Ducey vs. Duval

Governor of Arizona - Ducey vs. DuVal
Poll Doug Ducey (R) Fred DuVal (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
November 2013
Rasmussen Reports
August 27-28, 2014
New York Times/CBS/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
October 14-16, 2014
New York Times/CBS/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
AVERAGES 44.6% 38.8% 15% +/-1.2 1,587
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Primary polling
Republican primary

Arizona Governor - GOP Primary
Poll Ken Bennett Doug DuceyChristine JonesFrank RiggsScott SmithAndrew ThomasUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
June 25-26, 2014
Magellan Strategies
July 9-10, 2014
Gravis Marketing
July 14, 2014
Harper Polling
July 16-17, 2014
Arizona Automobile Dealers Association
August 15, 2014
Harper Polling
August 19-20, 2014
AVERAGES 11% 28.83% 18.17% 1.83% 16.17% 6.33% 17.83% +/-3.04 845.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Republican primary

Arizona Governor - GOP primary
Poll Ken Bennett Christine JonesAl MelvinAndrew ThomasDoug DuceyScott SmithUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Susquehanna Polling and Research
(November 2013)
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Email submission to Ballotpedia, April 1, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.L. Mealer Governor 2014, accessed July 25, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 E-mail biography submission from candidate, received June 4, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 E-mail Communication with Kelly O'Keefe, February 1, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 On The Issues, "JL Mealer Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  6. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  7., "Lobbyists aid campaigns of Doug Ducey, Fred DuVal," October 26, 2014
  8. The Cook Political Report, "Governors Race Ratings 2014," September 15, 2014
  9. Governing, "2014 Governors Races," September 10, 2014
  10. The Arizona Republic, "Ducey's key GOP rivals in no rush to end," August 29, 2014
  11., "Defeated candidates for GOP nomination back Ducey," September 4, 2014
  12. The New York Times, "Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona Won’t Seek Re-election," March 12, 2014
  13. Arizona Republic, "Kanefield: Constitution clears Brewer to pursue another term," November 15, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 12 News & The Arizona Republic, "Governor candidates debate Arizona highs, lows," September 30, 2014