Cleveland, Jim

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Senate
Political Affiliation:
Pastor and MS/HS Teacher
Bachelors Degree
Biographical Info:

My name is Jim Cleveland, my beautiful wife Dora and I have been married for 33yrs and we have 6 great children and 3 amazing grandchildren!
I am a veteran, having proudly served in the US Navy for over 21 yrs; 4 years Active Duty and over 17 yrs in the US Naval Reserve. I retired as a Chief Petty Officer.
I have been a US Army civil Servant and a Director of a Local Children’s Ministry and I am currently a Teacher and a Pastor.
My family has lived in Southeastern Arizona since 1880 and has been ranchers, cowboys, miners and even a lawman.
I am passionate about all families and the issues affecting them!


When we were redistricted I looked to see who I could vote for and much to my disappointment there was no one running for this office. I felt that the issues facing families were too important to let the anti-family forces of the left just walk into the office. I ran as a write-in and received the necessary number of votes to advance to the General Election. I believe that strong families make strong communities. I am running to fight for families in the AZ State Legislature.


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
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
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. -* This is an area in which I would have to do detailed study prior to any vote.