James “Jim” O’Connor

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Arizona Corporation Commission
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
602-538-9387
Age:
74
Occupation:
Volunteer at Republican Party and Mentor
Education:
BS Christian Brothers University, NY Institute of Finance, Enrichment Studies Phoenix Seminary, Lifetime Learning
Family:
Married with three grown sons and two granddaughters.
Religion:
Evangelical Christian
Statement:
In assessing my gifts and talents, I have demonstrated leadership and communication skills in my 14 years of volunteering here in Arizona. In 2018 I ran in the Republican primary for this office and finished a strong third in a field of five candidates with almost 207,000 votes. After our Republican field of candidates was diminished by seven in early summer, I was drafted by Commissioner Justin Olson and others to run as a "write-in" candidate. After prayer with my wife Shirl, we received word to enter this race and to watch Him "open the doors". Eight weeks later He facilitated my submitting 2,019 $5.00 Clean Election Contributions (219 more than the required needed to qualify for public funding). Next, I needed 6,663 "write-in" votes to qualify for inclusion on the November ballot. On August 18th, the AZ Secretary of State certified my total write-in votes of 45,544 (almost seven times in required amount). Both of those feats have God's fingerprints. He has called me to run and serve in this important position, and I stand accountable to Him and my fellow citizens to execute the duties of this constitutional office.

Survey

Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Expanding background checks to include guns purchased from private individuals. O* Adequate safeguards already exist to keep firearms out of the hands of bad actors.
2. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law. O
3. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother. S
4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams. O
5. Providing state funding or referrals to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion. O
6. Reforming the Arizona tax code to enact a flat income tax rate. S
7. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable their children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy. S
8. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. O
9. Protecting a parent's right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome. S
10. Requiring public schools to teach comprehensive sex education. O
11. Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs. S
12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities. -* I am currently exploring both sides of this policy issue. The devil is in the details of how this strategy would be accomplished.