Representative T.J. Shope (R) District 8
Total Accepted: $2,244.36
Average Per Year: $1,122.18
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T.J. Shope is a resident of Coolidge and has long been active in the community. Born in Florence in 1985, Shope has lived in Coolidge for the overwhelming majority of his life and is a 2003 graduate of Coolidge High School and 2005 graduate of Central Arizona College. In 2008, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Arizona State University. Elected to the Coolidge Unified School District Governing Board in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, he was voted to be the board's vice-president upon taking office in 2009 and in 2013, was elected the board's president. He serves as the Vice President for the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance. Shope was recently elected in the newly drafted Legislative District 8 as one of the two members of the Arizona House of Representatives. He credits his election to the grassroots work of his volunteers and his family's long time roots in community service and business in the Coolidge, Florence, and Gila River Indian Community areas. Shope is the proud son of Coolidge Mayor Tom Shope and Luz Shope and he helps them run their family business, Shope's IGA Supermarket, in Coolidge. He is an active member of St. James Roman Catholic Church and its Knights of Columbus organization.
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