Arizona’s Economy

Americas economy today, different than just 50 years ago, is almost totally affected or controlled by politics. That means that YOU, the voter, is deciding on how Americas economy will excel or decline every voting period. Yes YOU! The political leaders that YOU select will decide if Americas economy will work for YOU or go against YOU.

2nd Congressional District General Issues

You know where it is at. But the details are; Arizona’s 2nd congressional district is a congressional district located in the U.S. state of Arizona. It contains the southeastern corner of the state, including roughly two-thirds of Tucson. It is the 94th-largest United States congressional district by area (7,838.12 sq. mi).


Sadly “Tucson is at or near the bottom in most economic categories when compared with other Western cities of roughly similar size, a new online tracking website run by the University of Arizona shows. Tucson’s economy is much less diversified than metro Phoenix’s, with a higher reliance on the defense industry and government spending. Tucson also is relatively dependent on trade with Mexico.”

Worst and Most Dangerous Cities in Arizona

The conclusions came after a publication, Roadsnacks, analyzed 54 of the state’s most populous cities (over 5,000 people), they came up with a list of the 10 worst places to live in Arizona. Here are the cities in the 2nd District- Source-

  • Worst in the 2nd District;
    • South Tucson
    • Tucson proper

Most Dangerous in the 2nd District


  • Tucson

“Also, Tucson is especially vulnerable to the hiring or layoff decisions made by corporate executives outside the state. Of the 35 largest public companies headquartered in Arizona, Tucson has only one, a medical-testing company called Accelerate Diagnostics.” (Source-AZCentral- Arizona Republic Published 6:00 a.m. MT June 28, 2018 | Updated 8:09 a.m. MT July 11, 2018)

  • Tucson has an unemployment rate of 6.1%. The US average is 5.2%.
  • Tucson has seen the job market increase by 0.9% over the last year. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 35.7%, which is lower than the US average of 38.0%.
  • Tax Rates for Tucson
    • The Sales Tax Rate for Tucson is 8.1%. The US average is 6.0%.
    • The Income Tax Rate for Tucson is 3.4%. The US average is 4.6%.
  • Income and Salaries for Tucson
    • The average income of a Tucson resident is $20,437 a year. The US average is $28,555 a year. (That is $8,118.00 less a year.)
    • The Median household income of a Tucson resident is $37,149 a year. The US average is $53,482 a year. (That is $16,333.00 per year behind).

As anyone can see, past leadership at all levels have done poorly for Tucson in nearly all areas of “better living”.

Cochise County, AZ

Cochise County has a population of 128,177 people with a median age of 40.3 and a median household income of $45,383. Between 2015 and 2016 the population of Cochise County, AZ declined from 129,647 to 128,177, a 1.13% decrease and its median household income grew from $45,075 to $45,383, a 0.68% increase.

  • The population of Cochise County, AZ is 56.3% White, 34.4% Hispanic, and 3.71% Black. 29% of the people in Cochise County, AZ speak a non-English language, and 94.4% are U.S. citizens.
  • The largest universities in Cochise County, AZ are Cochise College, with 2,135 graduates, University of Arizona-South, with 183 graduates, and N/A, with N/A graduates.
  • The median property value in Cochise County, AZ is $140,700, and the homeownership rate is 67.8%. Most people in Cochise County, AZ commute according to ‘Drove Alone’ survey, and the average commute time is 18.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Cochise County, AZ is 2 cars per household.
  • Cochise County, AZ is the 8th most populated (out of 15) county in Arizona and borders Graham County, AZ; Greenlee County, AZ; Pima County, AZ; Santa Cruz County, AZ; and Hidalgo County, NM. (source- DATAUSA)

2nd District Job Description

Primary job fields of the people in the district include agriculture, ranching, livestock, mining, and tourism. The main irrigated crops are cotton, wheat, corn, grain, sorghum, alfalfa, hay, apples, peaches, cherries, grapes, pistachios, pecans, lettuce, chilies, and other vegetables. The area has a multitude of U-pick vegetable farms and orchards, including several organic farms. Greenhouse tomato and cucumber operations have been completed in the past few years with much success. In Cochise County there is the U.S. Army base Fort Huachuca and numerous military-industrial companies. In suburban and urban areas, Wal-Marts are the most abundant superstores.

Located within the district is Cochise College, a two-year college. The University of Arizona is located within a couple miles of the district border, located in central Tucson. Approximately 2.8% of adults 5 and older have completed education lower than 9th grade; 5.5% have completed education between 9th and 12th grade but have not received a diploma; 17.9% are high school graduates; 26.8% have some college but no degree; 7.5% have an associate degree; 26.1% have a bachelor’s degree; and 13.5% have a graduate or professional degree.

More 2nd District Details

Tourism is an important industry as the district has numerous natural wonders, national forests, parks, and conservation areas. There are multiple caverns (including the renowned Kartchner Caverns) and canyons available for visitation. Hiking, camping, fishing, and boating can be found throughout the region. There are also Apache historical sites, war memorials, museums, tour trains, and mine tours. Golfing is popular, and multiple golf courses are located through the district.

  • Current Representative –
  • Area – 20,219 sq mi (52,370 km2)
  • Distribution – 89% urban 11% rural
  • Population (2015)- 713,631
  • Median income$42,432
  • Ethnicity
    • 85.5% White
    • 2.2% Black
    • 1.7% Asian
    • 14.2% Hispanic
    • 2.2% Native American
    • 0% other

MY INTENTIONS ARE TO ADDRESS ALL THESE ISSUES- In Washington I will look for funds to better support the great 2nd District of Arizona with business and employment. I will bring your tax dollars back to you! It is critical to keep our District diverse and not dependent on one industry or mode of business as the primary economic supporter. Yes Davis Monthan and Fort Huachuca are very important and big employers too. But so are the thousands of small businesses here, the mines, the ranches, the nut growers, the farmers, the wine producers, the small businesses dependent on tourism, the contactors, the education system and employees, the developers, the real estate businesses and so many more. It takes ALL of them to make a strong economy in Pima and Cochise County. Government is a large employer too and I support a small effective efficient government for our District. Government must be here to SUPPORT all of the businesses in the great 2nd District of Arizona. They are NOT here to control all of us.

I have owned and operated 9 successful small businesses (6 were retail) and currently still operate a small business called Arizona Ammunition in Dragoon (a manufacturer). I 100% understand the pressure put on EVERY business both large and small. I have administrated million dollar budgets and thousands of employees too. In 45 years I have never been over budget…ever!

For all of YOU I will work with local Chambers of Commerce, labor unions, business associations, County and City Commissions, Mayors, and Commissions, business leaders, Trade Associations, Unions, and similar to hold regular forums, training classes, and workshops for business owners and business employees (yep them too) to help them better understand the current and ever changing market in the 2nd District. I have the skill, understanding, and fierce determination to help. I have owned and operated 9 successful small businesses, I have administrated very large operations too. I know what to do and I will do it! I do not need on the job training like others do!



Specific Issues;

  • Tucson’s specific issues- (map and pictures of Tucson)
  • Cochise Counties specific Issues- (Map of Cochise County)
  • 2nd Districts Infrastructure- (Show map of the 2nd District of Arizona)
  • Roads
  • Bridges- (pictures of bad roads and bridges)