Wilmeth, Justin

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State House
District:
2
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
602-872-1648
Age:
42
Occupation:
Consultant
Education:
Master in Public Administration - Arizona State University; Bachelor's in Political Science - Arizona State University
Biographical Info:

I am in my first term serving North Phoenix’s Legislative District 15 in the Arizona House of Representatives. While I am new to being a state legislator, I have plenty of experience in the realm of government and politics over the course of the past 18 years. I began at the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2005, serving as a staffer in the Republican Caucus Communications Division. For 10 legislative sessions, I wrote columns, press releases and social media messages while also conducting interviews and media training for Republican representatives. In 2015, I moved to Phoenix and joined the staff of the Arizona House of Representatives. Working there for two years, I was a policy advisor for the Republican Caucus on the committees of Banking/Insurance, Health, Military Affairs & Public Safety, and Rural & Economic Development. Along the way, I also worked at Americans for Prosperity and managed Congressional and statewide office campaigns. Over the past two years, I have tackled issues relating to economic development, consumer protection and transportation infrastructure. My biggest achievement to date has been working with the Arizona Commerce Authority to build a state economic trade office in Frankfurt, Germany. I am the Vice Chairman of the Transportation Committee and also sits on the Commerce and Health & Human Services committees.

Statement:

It’s pretty simple – to protect Arizonans lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness. I want to continue to have a hand in protecting the unborn, defending religious freedoms and ensuring our state’s economic engine remains strong far into the future.

Endorsements:

AZ Nurses Association (AzNA),
Arizona Chamber of Commerce,

Arizona Police Association,

Arizona Technology Council,

Arizona Association of Realtors,

Greater Phoenix Chamber,

National Federation of Independent Business,

Arizona Chamber of Commerce

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
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* To be clear, I'm morally not comfortable with abortion for any reason. In 1967, Alan Guttmacher of Planned Parenthood said: “Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal disease such as cancer or leukemia, and if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save the life.” I can only assume medical technology in 2022 is far superior than in 1967.
4. Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams. O
5. Providing state funding to abortion entities that perform or refer for abortion. O
6. 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
7. Legalizing physician-assisted suicide. O
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S* Parents should have the leeway to seek professional counseling for their minor child for ANY reason they see fit. I believe strongly in the rights of parents.
9. 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
10. Keeping the flat income tax rate in Arizona’s state tax code. S
11. Requiring any government entity, including schools, to inform parents about their child’s physical, emotional, or mental health. S
12. Establishing electric retail competition to eliminate the current monopoly system for electric utilities. O* Typically, free-market competition is the way to go. But that is not the purview of utilities, which is why I supported this year's HB 2101. A purely competitive environment would eviscerate rural country areas as companies would parachute in and cherry-pick high-density population cities and not be in the best interest of all Arizonans. Our job is to protect all Arizonans, period.