Calling herself an "unapologetic conservative," former GoDaddy exec Christine Jones has filed the necessary paperwork to run for governor in Arizona.
Jones, 45, the former chief legal counsel and vice president at GoDaddy, is reported to be running without public funding in the August Republican primary.
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She said as governor of Arizona, she would fight for gun rights, border security, and to eliminate federal intrusion into school policy.
"Let's encourage job growth by getting the government out of the way. Let's strive for excellence in education by applying Arizona standards, not federal standards. And importantly, let's enforce immigration law with no amnesty," Jones said during a news conference in Phoenix, The Associated Press reported
. "If you stand up to the federal government ... you can actually make a difference."
Jones doesn’t support the Common Core standards for educating public school children, although the standards are supported by current Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, the state’s education department, and the Arizona business community.
She is also a strong supporter of Second Amendment gun rights.
"You are ready for a leader that is not a career politician, someone who will lead with no strings attached," she told supporters, the AP reported. "I am an unapologetic conservative, I am a fierce defender of the Constitution, and as your governor, I assure you I will lead with untethered ideas."
Television ads have already begun airing for Jones in the Phoenix market. Several other prominent Arizona Republicans have also entered the crowded GOP primary.
Jones was GoDaddy’s chief counsel in 2002, leaving the Internet hosting company in 2011 when Go Daddy Group Inc., GoDaddy’s parent company, was sold to private investment groups for $2.25 billion. Jones is still an investor and consultant for the company based in Scottsdale.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Jones had nearly 42,000 “likes” on her Facebook page, announcing she had more than 17,000 signatures for her filing petition.
Jones is touting her forensic accounting experience as it relates to her fiscal conservative credentials as well as her defense of the Constitution.
“It really is important to fiercely defend the Constitution and to remember that we were founded on a set of principles that gave us freedom,” she said on her website
. “If you just slice a little sliver away, the whole fabric will erode.”
In March, Gov. Brewer announced she wouldn’t seek a third term.
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