Jevin Hodge is on a meteoric rise in the Democratic Party.
He has already distinguished himself as a very gifted political figure in Arizona, who at the age of 25, has already risen to the position of Vice-Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party.
Possessing the talented mind of a pragmatic centrist and the charismatic soul of a progressive populist, Mr. Hodge is launching a bid to become a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
He wants to be a Supervisor that serves and engages with everyone, ensuring all the services provided by the county (reflected in its budget) “meets the needs of the community,” including health, safety, and “smart growth.”
This County Board, like all local political organs, has a direct impact on the lives of the close to four and a half million people that live within its boundaries. Equipped with a two and a half-billion-dollar budget, this board oversees:
- Animal adoptions, licensing, and rescue
- Sanitation and recycling
- County Libraries
- Clean air, water, and other environmental standards.
- Public safety
- Childhood immunizations
- County Court Services
Five elected officials, divided into five roughly seven hundred and sixty thousand-member districts, serve on the board.
Mr. Hodge is running to replace the Republican-appointed Jack Sellers in District One, an area that includes the East Valley cities and towns of Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Ahwatukee.
Meeting with Mr. Hodge at the Gold Bar Café, a popular local spot close to the high school (McClintock) that he graduated from, the George Washington University Public Policy Graduate said he was running to “serve the people, not make headlines.”
Saying that being a Native Arizonan from a single-family household (his mother Berdetta is the President of the Governing Board of the Tempe Union High School District) has given him an understanding of the valley but more importantly of the people; Hodge channels the Shirley Chisum phrase “service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this Earth” to guide him to serve and help “lift people up.”
Recognizing that the supervisors on the Maricopa County Board deal with “the meat and potatoes” of politics and daily life, Hodge would follow three themes if elected in November 2020. These are Access, Collaboration, and Innovation.
As Supervisor of District One, he also wants to promote collaboration between individuals of all parties in all levels of government as well as “alliances with” the public and private sectors, seeing a chance to represent everyone and make Maricopa County an “oasis of opportunity” and “continue its forwardness.”
He also wants to harness the innovative potential of county assets like Arizona State University and the Maricopa County Community College System to make Maricopa the most dynamic and technologically advanced county in the country. He wants to make county libraries community-learning centers and ensure that 5g Internet access is near-universal.
Jevin Hodge is a dynamic candidate that offers a transformative presence and a forward pragmatic vision for leading Maricopa County further into the Twenty-First Century.