I NEVER THOUGHT I'D RUN FOR OFFICE.
Running for political office was never something I saw myself doing. In middle school, I ran for student council. I lost in a tie-breaking coin flip. Second only to Supreme Court intervention, this is the worst way to lose an election. Nevertheless, after watching this legislative session, I can't help myself. Arizona can and must do better.
I am the mother of three school-aged children and a stay-at-home attorney. I was raised in LD 15 and was educated in our terrific public school system. I left Arizona in 2003 to attend Notre Dame Law School, after which I practiced as an Assistant State's Attorney in Indiana and Illinois. While working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, I worked financial crimes and public corruption, prosecuting unscrupulous politicians who used their position to get rich at the public's expense.
When you prosecute politicians for a living, you tend to lose interest in running for office.
In 2011, I moved back to LD 15. I've spent my time teaching at Arizona Summit Law School and advocating for better education and maternity care within our state. During this time, I have also run a part-time law office focusing on Special Education and Birth Law issues. Last year alone, my firm donated over 500 hours of legal work to children, mothers, and birth workers throughout Arizona. I also donate my time to non-profit boards. As the Secretary of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented, I have spent countless hours with our elected officials educating them on the need to fully fund gifted education. As you know, gifted programs in K-12 school had not been funded since fiscal year 2009. During my time working on these issues, I couldn't help but be struck by other elected officials' unwillingness to work together and engage in constructive dialogue about the issues facing our district and the state.
Arizona can and must do better.
We need someone in office from LD 15 who shares our values of transparent government, fully funded education, and accountable representation. We need someone who can bring our district together and is willing to work hard to make it happen. Let's work together to do better for our district and state.