Meet Congressional Dist. 1 candidate Shawn Redd

Shawn Redd

Shawn Redd

Shawn Redd

Age: 34

Years in Arizona: 10 years in Arizona

Occupation: President, Redd/Lichee Corp. A Navajo Corporation specializing in economic development on the Navajo Nation. Operator of Redd's Laundry of Dilkon, AZ which serves the local Navajo and Hopi residents.

Education: I am a graduate of Montezuma Cortez High School in Cortez, Colorado (1998). I grew up in my Dad's Chevrolet, Dodge and Chrysler dealership in Cortez. My Father was a single parent after my Mother passed away when I was a baby, he mentored me my entire childhood and prepared me to go into business for myself.

Elective and Advisory Experience: 2000-2008 NAPA Auto Parts, Owner/General Manager, Shiprock and Gallup, New Mexico. After the success of my first store in Shiprock, NAPA encouraged me to develop another location in Gallup. However, financing issues developed between myself and the bank and these issues led to the closing of both stores. This eventually led to litigation, whereby a settlement was reached between the bank and myself.

2003-2009 - Consultant to the Navajo Nation, Office of the President and Vice President, focusing on Economic Development issues as well as developing the Navajo Office of Motor Vehicles to issue Tribal License Plates. During this time my company partnered with the 3M Corporation of Tucson, to administer the NOMV program. Political turmoil on the Navajo Nation led to an end to the project.

2001-Present - Redd's Laundry of Dilkon, AZ. In 2001 The Navajo Nation asked me to develop a laundromat in a new shopping center where they were building in the small reservation town. Since, another firm had backed out of the project, I decided to utilize my experience and assist in the project. Through some creative financing, I was able to develop the store and it remains a vital part of the community serving both the Navajo and Hopi Nations today.

I have never run for political office before this campaign. However, I have been very active working with the Navajo Nation Tribal Government for the last 20 years.

Civic Affiliations: Commonly known civic organizations are not a part of the Navajo Nation community and thus participation opportunities are few.

Question 1: Federal law that created Arizona and gave it 10 million acres of federal land to support schools, college and universities requires they "shall forever remain under the exclusive control" of the state. Do you believe that the passing of Proposition 123 is in the spirit of that law? Please explain.

Answer: I certainly understand the arguments made by Arizona State Treasurer Jeff Dewitt but I do not presume to be a better jurist than Attorney General Mark Brnovich. I am sure that AG Brnovich gave the argument due consideration and he has decided it is legal and thereby in the spirit of the original intent.

Such a large expenditure and commitment of funds greatly concerns me but I accept it as a legal and lawful action.

Question 2: From terrorism, to tolerance, and the second amendment, the recent tragedy in Orlando hit on several sensitive issues we face each day. Which concerns do your constituents regularly bring to you - and what are you able to say to them?

Answer: Most of the constituents in AZ CD1 are staunch supporters of the 2nd amendment and oppose any additional gun control measures that would restrict this fundamental right guaranteed to us by the Constitution. I have committed to my constituents to fight on their behalf to uphold the 2nd amendment.

After Orlando, we have seen additional attacks abroad that were brought to an end by people who were able to return fire and eliminate the threat. Many of my constituents strongly believe lawful concealed carry rights by people prepared to defend themselves and others is one of our only deterrents for future attacks.

Question 3: To some people, the Affordable Healthcare Act is far from affordable. Despite that, there are those who say it is necessary, and that the bugs will eventually be worked out. What do you think is the solution, for your communities, the state and for the country?

Answer: I strongly oppose the Affordable Healthcare Act and support its repeal. I believe in States rights and believe that health care should be left under the jurisdiction of individual states. However I do support reducing restrictions that prevent insurance companies from offering their plans and products across state lines.

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