“We need leadership in the United States Congress that reflects the communities of this country,” Hodge told The Copper Courier. “We need leadership that understands what it’s like to be a working American, that understands what it’s like to not have healthcare, that understands what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet or to come from a sub-par education system and figure things out.” The Copper Courier, 8/3/22
“Our race is a choice between an extreme Republican who celebrated when choice and freedom were ripped away from Arizona women and someone who will fight every day to protect our values. We’re just getting started.” Twitter, 8/25/22
“We didn't have a car until I was in high school. I grew up in affordable housing….When we want to tackle issues like education, you need someone who's been doing it, who's been involved and who gets the job done." R.J. Hansen, Arizona Republic, 5/5/22
BACKGROUND + EXPERIENCE
Hodge is a business and community leader with a proven record of getting results for Arizona families . He running to flip Arizona’s 1st District from red to blue. He’ll be facing David Schweikert, an entrenched GOP incumbent whose ethics violations for misusing campaign and taxpayer funds continue to haunt him. Schweikert has served in Congress since 2011.
Hodge was born in Tempe, Arizona. He earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Hodge’s experience includes working as a business consultant, as the national engagement director for LINK Strategic Partners, and chair of the Booker T. Washington Child Development Center. He has been a board member for Best Buddies Arizona and an advisory board member for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He is the former president of the Tempe Union High Schools Education Foundation. Hodge was a recipient of the NAACP Roy Wilkins Service Award and the City of Tempe MLK Diversity Award. He was vice chairman of the Arizona Democratic party and narrowly lost a bid for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (Phoenix) last November.
ON THE ISSUES
Hodge is a problem-solver who is committed to helping small businesses, non-profits, and governments find solutions to their most pressing issues, like combating the COVID-19 pandemic or expanding access to high-quality public education.
Through his community service, Hodge has seen firsthand the issues facing Arizona families. In Congress, he will be a champion for voting rights, income inequality, public education, and health care.
Examples of his stance on various issues, as found on the Hodge campaign Website, include:
Protect our voting rights from those who want to take us back to the era of Jim Crow.
Address income inequality and its root causes head-on, so our economy works for everyone, not just the 1%.
Fully fund our public schools so every Arizona kid can have the same opportunity he did.
Ensure every Arizonan has healthcare, period.
AZ 01 is a swing district. Redistricting has completely redrawn the maps in Arizona, and the new AZ 01 is largely made up of the old AZ 06, currently represented by Republican Schweikert who won re-election in 2020 with 52.2% of the vote. With the new district map, Democrats would have likely won in 2020 as a Biden +1 district. The new district contains much of the northeast suburbs of Phoenix. It is similar in composition and structure to the “old” District 06 though it is more competitive and slightly larger. In addition, the district now contains central Phoenix and most of the downtown area.
In July 2020, Schweikert was fined by the bipartisan House Ethics Committee after admitting to 11 campaign finance violations. In 2022, The FEC also fined him for campaign finance violations. He faces a lawsuit against a claim he ran homophobic ads against a political opponent. In June 2022, he was endorsed by Donald Trump who called Schwikert “a tireless advocate for Arizona. …. a principled conservative.”
From Hodge’s campaign website
22 sitting members of Congress including: Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn, Adam Schiff, Katharine Clark, Barbara Lee, Eric Swalwell, Ruben Galego and Hakeem Jeffries
36 current and former Arizona elected officials
Unions including: Teamsters Local 104, Electric Workers Local 640, International Brotherhood of Boiler Workers, United Pilots and Food and Commercial Workers Local 99
26 organizations and PACS including: Congressional Black Caucus PAC, Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD, New Democrat Coalition, End Citizens United, National Organization of Women, Equality PAC, Progressive Turnout Project