Jo Holt

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Jo Holt
Former candidate for
Arizona State Senate District 11
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRetired research biochemist
Campaign website
Jo Holt was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 11 of the Arizona State Senate.


Holt is a retired research biochemist who worked at the University of Arizona in the 1980s. She and her family moved to St. Louis shortly after her son was born. There she continued her career at Washington University. As a research biochemist, she spent decades running research laboratories.[1]


Campaign themes


Holt's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Public Education

  • Excerpt: "Restore funding to our public schools"
  • Excerpt: "The Common Core Standards are not evil"
  • Excerpt: "Change the perception: AZ values education"


  • Excerpt: "A healthy workforce makes for a healthy business"
  • Excerpt: "Trust women to make their own healthcare decisions"


  • Excerpt: "Work with Mexico as a partner, not as an enemy"
  • Excerpt: "Border security depends on economics, not fences"

​Fairness for Everyone, not just the Well-To-Do

  • Excerpt: "Equal pay for equal work"
  • Excerpt: "Marriage equality is a civil rights issue"
  • Excerpt: "LGBT rights in the workplace is good for business"

More Work, Less Partisanship

  • Excerpt: "Working together to solve problems"
  • Excerpt: "Your state senator advocating for AZ"


Holt's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • The Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "Balancing the State budget in a time of recession requires both cuts to spending and increases in State revenue. Revenue can be found in AZ tax subsidies paid to businesses with no requirement to show increased hiring. Revenue can be found in billions lost to AZ tax loopholes. "
  • Education and Jobs
Excerpt: "Funding must be restored to education. Our precious tax dollars should not go to subsidies and credits for private schools. Corporations will not move into our State until they know they will have an educated, ready work force to employ, and good schools for their employees' children. "
  • Healthcare and Jobs
Excerpt: "Access to healthcare is a human right. Funding must be restored for Medicaid and KidsCare. Access to healthcare pays for itself by allowing people to get preventative check-ups and early care. One of the most pressing concerns the AZ legislature should be working on is the creation of the AZ insurance exchange, and important part of the Affordable Care Act."
  • Individual Liberties
Excerpt: "The assault on individual liberties must stop! Our State legislators increasingly limit personal freedoms such as restricting women's reproductive liberty, inhibiting the civil rights of our Latino citizens, and erecting barriers to individuals' right to vote."



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Jo Holt was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Steve Smith defeated Scott Bartle in the Republican primary. Smith defeated Holt in the general election.[4][5][6]

Arizona State Senate District 11, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Smith 59% 38,397
     Democratic Jo Holt 41% 26,628
Total Votes 65,025

Arizona State Senate, District 11 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Smith 69.9% 15,956
Scott Bartle 30.1% 6,863
Total Votes 22,819


See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2012

Holt ran in the 2012 election for Arizona State Senate District 11. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. She was defeated in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Arizona State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAl Melvin Incumbent 56.4% 48,367
     Democratic Jo Holt 43.6% 37,428
Total Votes 85,795

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