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PRESS RELEASE: Jevin Hodge appointed to replace Salman in LD8 House seat


January 31, 2024

PHOENIX – Tempe business and community leader Jevin Hodge has been appointed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to replace former Representative Athena Salman, who resigned to pursue other opportunities on January 1. Hodge will be sworn in on Friday afternoon.


Hodge is a Tempe native, raised by his single mother (Tempe City Council Member Berdetta Hodge) in public housing. A graduate of George Washington University, he now works as Director of National Engagement, Partnerships, and Innovation for the consulting firm LINK Strategic Partners. He also serves as President and Chairman of the Board for the non-profit Booker T. Washington Child Development Center, the longest-running Head Start program in the state. Most recently, Hodge came close to unseating longtime incumbent Republican Congressman David Schweikert in 2022.


"The American Dream is alive and well.  I am living proof," said Hodge. "Growing up, my family didn’t have much.  We lived in public housing and we needed government assistance just to get by. Slowly, our lives got better. My mother always told me to never forget where we came from - and to make sure we found a way to give back. I am humbled by this appointment and grateful to all who supported me. Now, it’s time to get to work. My door is open to anyone who wants to make a difference for Arizona."


"Jevin Hodge has worked hard and risen to become one of the most dynamic and impactful young leaders in our party," said House Democratic Leader Lupe Contreras. "We are honored and excited to welcome Jevin – along with the energy and fire he brings to everything he does – to our caucus."


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