Meet the Candidate: JoAnna Mendoza (Arizona)

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Candidate Name:

JoAnna Mendoza

Photo provided by the campaign.

Candidate’s Preferred Pronouns

She/Her/Hers

What office are you running for?

Arizona State Senator Legislative District 11

With which party are you running for office?

Democratic Party

Election Date

August 4, 2020 Primary / November 3, 2020 General

Why are you running for office?

I won’t pull any punches. Running for office is hard, especially as a working mom of a young son. But this is why there are so few working women and mothers with young children in the Arizona Legislature. Only 39% of the Arizona legislature are women and less than that have children under the age of five.

Moms understand the struggle of having to juggle responsibilities at home, pursue a career, and work to improve our communities. Moms like me understand the challenges that working families face each and every day. Unfortunately, those are the voices that are missing at the Capitol.

I’m running because I can’t imagine my son growing up in a world that doesn’t value him. I’m running because we deserve representation that will place the needs of people first. I’m running because the needs of our rural district have been neglected for far too long. I’m running for those who don’t have a voice, for those who don’t feel represented, for those that have been forgotten. I’m running for you-for us!

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?

Arizona stands on a tipping point this year. We have the opportunity to flip both our State House and our State Senate and end the attacks on our public schools, environment, and women’s rights. We need elected representatives who truly understand the needs of Arizonans and are ready to fight for positive change at the Capitol.

We must begin by having difficult conversations and finding common ground. I will be a champion for our rural communities and will work to improve our public education system, increase access to healthcare services, preserve our natural environment and water resources, and ensure that our veterans, servicemembers, and their families are supported.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?

Elected leaders must demonstrate through their own examples and walk the talk. If we say that we are willing to work across the aisle, our actions should align with our words. We must be willing to engage, agree to disagree if necessary, and find common ground so that we can move forward.

Who is your hero?

The underdog!

What are your hobbies?

In the last couple of years, I haven’t had much time for hobbies. But I love DIY projects. I love to create things.

What is the most recent book you read?

Why Courage Matters by the late US Senator John McCain.

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

I have one 4-year-old active little boy named Aidan.

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

Like our social media pages, share content, donate $11 for LD11, volunteer to block walk and phone bank.

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?

How do you balance motherhood, work, and the running for office?

Answer: I’m a single mom of an active 4-year-old little boy, who has to work full time while running for office. My days begin at 5am with long days ending well after 11pm. Every waking moment is spent juggling motherhood, work, and the campaign. On days when I can’t get a babysitter my son joins me attending meetings. I believe this has had a positive effect on the democratic clubs in the district. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a lot of hard things- I’m a retired Marine. Some days I don’t know how I have managed to get things done. But I do because I’m fighting for the future that our children deserve and they are worth it.

Candidate Social Media:

Website| Facebook | Twitter

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