Candidates for Legislative District 12

House of Representatives (two seats available)
Senate (one seat available)

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Travis Grantham (House), Jake Hoffman (House), and Warren Petersen (Senate).

*The Democratic primary was canceled*


Basic Information


Travis Grantham (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

Community of Residence: Gilbert

Business: Aviation/ Aerospace

Occupation: Entrepreneur/ Air National Guard Officer I Pilot

Education Background: B.S. Arizona State University in Agribusiness/ Undergraduate Pilot Training, United States Air Force

Brief summary of employment history: United States Air Force 1999 - Present; International Air Response 2004 - 2018; Arizona House of Representatives 2016 - present.

How long have you lived in the District? 12 years


Jake Hoffman (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

Community of Residence: QUEEN CREEK

Business: RALLY FORGE

Occupation: PRESIDENT & CEO

Education Background: MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Brief summary of employment history: SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, FORMER CORPORATE DIRECTOR, FORMER CHARITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

List of community organizations you belong to: ROCKPOINT CHURCH, LOCAL REPUBLICAN PARTY, QUEEN CREEK TOWN COUNCIL

How long have you lived in the District? APPROXIMATELY 11 YEARS


Warren Petersen (Senate) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

Community of Residence: Gilbert, AZ

Occupation: Real Estate Broker

Education Background:

Gilbert High Graduate

Bachelor's Degree, ASU

Juris Doctorate ASU, Cali Award Recipient, Willard H. Pedrick Scholar

Brief summary of employment history:

20 years in the Real Estate Industry

List of community organizations you belong to: Boy Scouts, NRA, Precinct Committeeman, SEVRAR

How long have you lived in the District? 3rd Generation Resident of Arizona


Give three (3) of your qualifications/skill sets that make you a leading candidate for the Arizona Legislature. Explain why these qualifications make you a better candidate than your opponents.


Travis Grantham (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

Three qualifications or skill sets that make me a leading candidate for the Arizona Legislature are my entrepreneurial background, military service and state government experience after serving two terms in the Arizona House from 2016-2020. Unlike any other candidate in this race, I have dealt with an increasingly complex and diverse business environment while maintaining my readiness as a Lieutenant Colonel and Pilot in in the Arizona Air National Guard and while serving our state in my elected capacity. The experiences I bring to the table are valuable in nearly every aspect of the day to day challenges that come with serving in the Arizona Legislature.


Jake Hoffman (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

AS A HUSBAND, FATHER OF FIVE, SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, FORMER ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AND CURRENT TOWN COUNCILMAN, I BRING THE EXPERIENCE OF HAVING MADE COMPLEX, PRAGMATIC AND PRINCIPLED DECISIONS IN ALL ENVIRONMENTS.


Warren Petersen (Senate) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

Proven Record and Legislative Experience: As a result of my voting record I have been named legislator of the year by small business organizations like NFIB. The state GOP awarded me the Champion of the Taxpayer of the State Senate and I have the highest lifetime score for Constitutional voting with the American Conservative Union in the State of Arizona.

I have served as Commerce Chair, Vice Chairman of Appropriations and currently as the House Majority Leader. I have also served as a member of the Ways and Means, Finance and Ethics committee. I have a proven record of helping small business owners. I’ve carried priority legislation for the Gilbert Chamber including HB2147 to address unemployment fraud and I helped pass legislation to curb frivolous lawsuits. I’ve carried several bills for the governor to close down inefficient departments, eliminate or streamline licensing and add business advocates to boards and commissions that regulate the business industry.

Business experience: I have worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years. I own a small business. I make a payroll, I hire people, I deal with red tape. The real estate industry was devastated during the great recession. Half the industry was wiped out. I was blessed to be able to weather the recession. But a big reason I did was because we made wise and conservative fiscal decisions. These are traits I have taken to the Capitol.

Dedication and hard work: It’s not easy to get meaningful legislation passed. It takes dedication, hard work and courage. When I ran HB2147 the media was brutal, the ACLU was on the attack, and the unions were furious. I stayed the course and we got it all the way to the governor’s desk. I’ve consistently been recognized by business organizations as a hard worker.


What is your vision for the State in 20-30 years?



Travis Grantham (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

Arizona can and will be the most vibrant and diverse economy in the United States in 20-30 years. The groundwork being laid now by a fiscally conservative legislature and governor has created an environment attractive to established businesses and startups alike. I see Arizona having a larger population, better schools, a thriving state university system and the infrastructure required to attract and maintain large and small diverse industries that want to come here now. Additionally, Arizona can continue to maintain a relatively low rate of taxation which will ultimately grow the tax base by attracting more taxpayers who are willing to invest in our great state and ensure they succeed.


Jake Hoffman (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

MY VISION IS THAT ARIZONA REMAIN THE FREEST STATE IN THE NATION, IMPROVE ITS TAX LANDSCAPE (BOTH PERSONAL AND CORPORATE) AND BECOME A LEADING STATE FOR JOBS, WAGE GROWTH AND QUALITY OF LIVING.


Warren Petersen (Senate) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

District 12 has been a leader in education, employment, and growth. I believe in the next 20-30 years District 12 will continue to be a top destination, not just for Arizonans, but for people all over the United States. The state can be a hindrance to this or a catalyst. The legislature, working with the Ducey administration, has focused on ensuring vibrant and strong local communities by investing heavily in education, protecting business owners rights and getting government out of the way. I get to meet with a lot of business owners. I have been told that the actions I have been taking to cut red tape and help businesses are working and they feel freer to pursue their goals and achieve their dreams. Arizona has been a leader in growth and opportunity.


What are the top two (2) priorities you would push to accomplish during your term as a member of the Legislature and why do you believe these are important to accomplish?



Travis Grantham (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

The top two priorities I would push during my next term as a member of the legislature would be a continuation of regulatory reform for businesses and a continued reinvestment into our states education system while ensuring taxes remain as low as possible. By shrinking regulations, Arizona has and will continue to allow businesses to come into the state and flourish. This in turn has broadened the tax base which should create an environment in which more taxpayers are paying less taxes overall. The benefits of this type of environment are two fold in that the state is then able to spend what is needed on vital functions of government such as the K-12 school system and infrastructure while burdening taxpayers less with a lower income tax and fewer fees and assessments on those doing business in Arizona.


Jake Hoffman (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

THERE ARE MORE THAN 2 THAT MATTER TO GILBERT AND QUEEN CREEK RESIDENTS. A FEW OF MY TOP PRIORITIES WILL BE TAX REFORM, ARIZONA’S LONG-TERM WATER POLICY, ROAD/HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE, AND PRESERVING OUR GOD GIVEN FREEDOMS. EACH OF THESE ITEMS IS INEXTRICABLY IMPORTANT TO THE CONSTITUENTS I WOULD BE SERVING. CREATING A MORE TAXPAYER FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT STIMULATES ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOBS, IMPROVING WATER POLICY CREATES ASSURANCES AND CERTAINTY FOR OUR CITIZENS, ROAD/HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE AND CONNECTIVITY, AND PRESERVING OUR GOD GIVEN FREEDOMS ENSURES EVERYONE CAN LIVE, WORK, PLAY AND WORSHIP AS THEY CHOOSE.


Warren Petersen (Senate) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

My focus has been on cutting red tape, protecting individual rights and making sure our citizens have access to great educational opportunities and jobs. These are important because it is critical that we get out of the way of businesses and individuals and let them create, innovate and prosper. A strong economy ensures we can pay for all the priorities of government including education, infrastructure and public safety. Arizona has great educational opportunities. My daughter graduated from high school with over 30 college credits. Students in Arizona can attend one of the top high schools in the country. No other state has three of the top ten high schools like Arizona does. And when you consider how states like Texas, California dwarf us in population that is quite an accomplishment.


What do you believe is the preferred way to accomplish funding for education (at all levels) and what should the role of the State be in that funding?



Travis Grantham (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

As stated in my previous answer, funding for education (at all levels) is one of my top two priorities. I believe the preferred way of accomplishing this is to continue to create a business friendly environment in our state that will continue to attract large and small companies alike. As Arizona’s economy and tax base grow, the overall burden of taxation can and will decrease on the individuals who live and produce here. There is no reason Arizona shouldn’t be in the top 5 states when it comes to both earning and providing a quality education.


Jake Hoffman (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

ARIZONA REPUBLICANS HAVE DONE AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB ADDRESSING THE EDUCATION FUNDING SITUATION IN ARIZONA—CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT THAT HAS ALLOWED FOR A NEARLY HISTORIC HIGH IN PER PUPIL FUNDING AND THE LARGEST TEACHER PAY RAISE IN ARIZONA HISTORY. AS A FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, I HAVE ALWAYS ADVOCATED FOR FUNDING PRIORITIES FOCUSED ON STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND CLASSROOMS. I BELIEVE THAT WE MUST CONTINUE TO IMPROVE OUR EDUCATION FUNDING LANDSCAPE, WHILE PROVIDING FAMILIES THE GREATEST EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM POSSIBLE.


Warren Petersen (Senate) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

This has been a focus of the Ducey administration and something we have made significant progress in. The vast majority of the budget will go to k-12 education, we passed prop 123, did 20% teacher pay raises. This session we hit the constitutional cap for K12 funding. We are at an all time high in actual dollars at $11,000 per pupil and we are on track to exceed all time highs even when adjusting for inflation. At the same time we have record low government spending as a percentage of personal income. In other words, under conservative leadership we are at record K12 funding and record low government spending. Due to word limit please read my op ed in the Arizona Republic for more on this



How would you propose to deal with Health care costs in Arizona and affordability for all?



Travis Grantham (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

Access to affordable healthcare is one of the most important issues facing our constituents today. Making it easier for healthcare providers to perform their services is key and regulatory reform throughout our healthcare industry will continue to make those services more accessible. Allowing competition between providers in Arizona, promoting a strong, vibrant and diverse economy and keeping taxes low all contribute to the citizens ability to not only have access to but also to be able to afford high quality and comprehensive health insurance.


Jake Hoffman (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

HEALTH CARE REPRESENTS MORE THAN 17% OF OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY. IN ARIZONA, ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE THINGS WE CAN DO TO REDUCE THE COST OF HEALTH CARE IS GET GOVERNMENT OUT FROM BETWEEN DOCTORS AND PATIENTS. ARIZONA SHOULD CONTINUE TO ENACT AND ADVOCATE FOR HEALTH CARE POLICY THAT INCREASES ACCESS TO CARE, PROVIDES THE GREATEST ABILITY TO PURCHASE PRIVATE INSURANCE ACROSS STATE LINES, AND PROVIDE THE GREATEST COST TRANSPARENCY POSSIBLE.


Warren Petersen (Senate) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

The health industry is probably the most regulated industry in the country. It is an illusion to believe that forcing people to pay for other people's healthcare after it has been run through a government bureaucracy will result in lower costs. In the words of Reagan, government is not the solution to the problem, it is the problem. We need to promote free market ideas like offering insurance across state lines to drive costs down. We also need to expand our dual enrollment programs in high school so we can graduate doctors and nurses at a younger age to get more health professionals into the field. We need to increase transparency in pricing so that people can get better cash prices if they are under insured. Insurance plans should have flexibility in providing different levels of coverage so people can choose a plan best for them.



If elected to represent the District, who would you consider to be your stakeholders and how would you propose to represent them?



Travis Grantham (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

If elected to represent the district for a third term, I will continue to consider all of the citizens of both Gilbert and Queen Creek to be my stakeholders. I have always approached politics and making policy from the perspective of every individual I represent and how my decisions, votes or ideas may affect them both personally and financially. Whether someone owns and operates a business in legislative district 12 or is a stay at home parent in the district, the policies, practices and laws of the state can have wide effects on how that individual lives and functions in their everyday life. My interest is to make our state as free and as prosperous as possible while maintaining a healthy balance and relationship between all of state government and the stakeholders / citizens.


Jake Hoffman (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

THE STAKEHOLDERS IN LD12 ARE THE CITIZENS AND BUSINESS OWNERS WHO INVEST THEIR TIME AND ENERGY CREATING THE MOST VIBRANT COMMUNITIES IN ARIZONA. FROM THE NEIGHBOR DOWN THE STREET, TO THE PUBLIC OFFICIAL ON THE TOWN COUNCIL OR SCHOOL BOARD, TO THE SMALL AND LARGE BUSINESS OWNERS WHO CHOOSE TO LOCATE WITHIN GILBERT AND QUEEN CREEK, MY PROMISE TO ALL OF THEM IS TO LISTEN INTENTLY, DILIGENTLY ADVOCATE ON THEIR BEHALF, AND ALWAYS SERVE THEM HONESTLY. MY FULL LIST OF PROMISES TO MY CONSTITUENTS IN ON MY WEBSITE AT WWW.JAKEHOFFMAN.COM.


Warren Petersen (Senate) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

My stakeholders are first and foremost the citizens of my district. I will represent them by keeping my campaign promises to vote as a fiscally responsible and business minded conservative.


What experience do you have with complex budgets?



Travis Grantham (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

My experience with complex budgets has been in both the private sector and in government. In the private sector, I was a partner in and served in a midsized corporation that operates aircraft globally dealing with both foreign and domestic governments and entities. In government, I have participated in and helped to oversee complex budgets in defense dealing with flying hour programs and defense related issues in the United States Air Force. Additionally, while serving my first two terms in the Arizona House of Representatives I was involved closely with the ongoing state budgeting processes.


Jake Hoffman (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

AS A FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AND CURRENT TOWN COUNCILMAN—SERVING THE PAST TWO YEARS ON THE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE—I HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH VERY LARGE BUDGETS TOPPING NEARLY HALF A BILLION DOLLARS.


Warren Petersen (Senate) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

I have a lot of experience working with budgets in government and the business world. In my own business I have to worry about income and expenses but it is not nearly as complex as our state budget. As the Majority leader I am one of three members who crafts the budget for the body. I am closer to the budget process than most legislators. This coupled with my experience of passing many state budgets has provided me with a skill set that few legislators have.


How would you propose to interact with the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and how do you see your respective roles on issues that may come before the State Legislature?


Travis Grantham (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

I would propose interaction with the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce on a personal level with both leadership and members on a regular basis both during and off season with regards to the session of the legislature. Being able to sit in front of the various chamber members and answer questions from them directly has proven invaluable during my prior terms. It affords all of us the opportunity to discuss issues that are important to local businesses. The chamber sponsored events that I have attended so far with a moderator and questions from the crowd have been some of the most helpful and informative meetings I have been able to attend with regards to meeting with constituents in LD12 and hearing their concerns.


Jake Hoffman (House) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

COMMUNICATION IS A TWO WAY STREET. THE GILBERT CHAMBER SERVES AS AN INVALUABLE CONDUIT BETWEEN THE HARDWORKING BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN GILBERT AND THOSE WHO REPRESENT THEM IN GOVERNMENT. I WILL PROACTIVELY REACH OUT TO THE GILBERT CHAMBER LEADERSHIP, AS WELL AS, BE AVAILABLE WHEN THEY REACH OUT TO ME. I HOPE TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THE GILBERT CHAMBER SO THAT WE CAN HELP LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR OUR CITIZENS TO BUILD THE BEST COMMUNITY POSSIBLE.


Warren Petersen (Senate) - *Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce*

I have always had an open door policy. Constituents often mention to me that they appreciate how accessible I am. Even when my schedule becomes extremely intense I do all I can to make myself available to anyone that would like to speak to me. I have instructed my assistant to schedule a meeting with anyone that wants to meet with me.