Deep Roots in the District
Tiffany and her family’s history in the district stretches back over 100 years. From her grandmother dating an Arizona Ranger, to her husband’s family settling in northern Arizona in the territorial days and breaking farmland in southern Arizona in the early 1900’s, she has a deep understanding and love for the land and citizens of AZ-01. Unlike many candidates who run for this seat and lose, Tiffany and her family have generational roots with people and places all throughout the district.
Tiffany grew up in Arizona City, a small local community in AZ-01. As a young girl she attended Toltec Elementary School. At the time it was a brick, one room, schoolhouse which her future in-laws built and donated as a school for children in the area back in the early 1900s.
She then went on to attend Casa Grande Union High school. During her time in high school she got her first taste of politics when she interned for former U.S. Representative Jim Kolbe during the Reagan revolution in his Casa Grande office. It was here that she first got a taste for helping people in rural Arizona that would affect her career and life choices for years to come.
After marrying her husband, Rodney Shedd, and beginning a cotton and wheat farming operation with him she graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona which a Bachelors in Elementary Education. She began teaching bi-lingual kindergarten at Curiel Elementary School in Eloy, AZ
After teaching for a time she decided to pursue her dreams of going to law school and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona. As a young lawyer she helped businesses and citizens in her local community, she even helped to craft the deal that allowed the city of Casa Grande to acquire her old historic high school building and turn it into their current day City Hall.
A Citizen Advocate for Rural Communities and Businesses
Tiffany’s passion for her rural community has led her to become engaged in a variety of issues throughout the district in her lifetime.
She fought harmful policy and large environmental lobbyists when she was an active participant in revising Arizona’s pesticide buffer zone laws relating to agriculture. The changes she advocated for were signed into law by Governor Hull. Many farms were saved and countless businesses in rural Arizona have benefitted from the property rights damaging law she fought and replaced. She wrote an inspirational article on it, “How to be a Kitchen Table Lobbyist,” encouraging other citizens to get involved in the legislative process, that was featured in Progressive Farmer.
She served as a Pinal County Farm Bureau Board Member as well as on the Legislative Committee of the Arizona Cotton Grower’s Association. She promoted cotton and agriculture as President of the Casa Grande Valley Cotton Women.
Tiffany returned to her childhood school when she was elected to the Toltec Elementary School Board in 2004, no longer a one room schoolhouse, Tiffany helped the school cut costs and improve education. She fought to give teachers more freedom in their classrooms and to preserve local control and parental rights. She additionally served the homeschool community by teaching high school level Constitutional Law and Art and coordinating a large homeschool group.
During the Obama administration Governor Brewer recognized her ability to fight against overregulation and appointed her to the Pinal County Agricultural Best Management Practices PM-10 Task Force so she could make sure unelected bureaucrats did not impose expensive and non-productive regulations on Arizona farmers that would cause their already thin profit margins to become non-existent.
Tiffany helped to resolve the Pinal County Extinguishment Credit crisis when she served on the Local Water Group for Pinal Active Management Area that created a solution that brought multiple interests to the table and satisfied the water needs of agriculture, municipalities, and future development.
In 2016, she was recommended by the State Bar of Arizona and appointed by Governor Ducey to the Pinal County Committee on Trial Court Appointments. Since serving on the committee she has participated in vetting and selecting judges who are then appointed by the Governor to serve on Pinal County Superior Court.
Work with Charity Throughout the District
Tiffany serves on the board of the Santa Cruz Valley Historic Museum whose mission is to preserve the old schoolhouse that Tiffany went to school in when she was a child. Once completed the school will be a museum that works to preserve the history of the greater Eloy area.
She has supported the local arts community including the Casa Grande Main Street Program, individual artists, and the Casa Grande Historical Society through volunteer and charitable giving and is a member of American Women Artists.
Teaching the next generation how to exercise their 2nd amendment rights is something Tiffany and her husband have devoted time and resources to. By building a youth shooting range on their farm they have built one of the largest youth shooting sports programs in the country, Tiffany herself is a SCTP and 4-H certified pistol and shotgun coach in addition so supporting countless other shooting and hunting organizations.
Support in the District
Tiffany has shown early strength with the people that matter, the voters in her district. Her first quarter numbers more than doubled the first filing numbers of other candidates from rural Arizona. This early strength shows that people in the district are ready for a candidate with deep roots and strong ties to the people and organizations that they care about.
Tiffany already has a long list of Republican and Independents who have committed to helping her in the election.
Tiffany has a strong family behind her. Her husband, Rodney, and three children, Steven 22, Summer 17, and Samantha 11, along with a strong campaign staff illustrates that she has a team of people who are ready and willing to help her through the campaign.