Opinion: Vote Vega for Tempe’s Kids

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With three open seats in this important City Council election, I’m asking you to cast one vote for Genevieve Vega. I was raised in Tempe, I graduated from Tempe High, both of my sons graduated from McClintock, I’ve worked and volunteered in Tempe, I’ve been elected to the Tempe Union High School Governing Board, and I’m the proud Campaign Chair of Genevieve Vega for Tempe.

Of all the candidates running, Genevieve is the only candidate with children currently in our public schools.  With a McClintock freshman and an Aguilar special needs second-grader, Genevieve brings a unique perspective to our City. Not only does she fully understand the challenges we face in our high schools, but she also knows the struggle and success of raising a child with special needs. When she asked me to be her Chair and told me why she was running I knew families in Tempe would get a strong ally with Genevieve.

As if being a great mom isn’t enough, Genevieve also earned her Executive MBA and started her own business.  In her business, she knows what it’s like to bring stakeholders together, plan for growth, carefully budget, and implement solutions.  As a minority woman business owner, she’s a great role model for young people who aspire to be their own boss. And with deep family connections in business, labor, military, and academia, she can also advocate for the path that suits the individual because Genevieve knows that college isn’t always the best fit for every young person.

I got to know Genevieve through her community service.  Whether she was helping others get elected, registering voters, advocating for human services as a Tempe Community Council Board Member, or volunteering her time, Genevieve has been serving Tempe long before she ever decided to run for office. Genevieve participated in Challenge Day last year, which connects community members with young people, teaches them to accept others for who they are, and to “Be the Change”.  I know she’ll continue to model her core value of service with integrity.

With Genevieve, you have a woman committed to represent underserved populations, who has spent years listening to the needs of the community, and who truly believes that a Councilmember’s job is to connect the community’s needs with the resources of the City.

I hope Genevieve will earn your vote by March 13. Please visit VegaForTempe.com for additional information. Make a PLAN to VOTE! Mail your ballot back by March 7 or you can drop your ballot off or vote in person at the Tempe Library or City Hall Ballot Centers March 3-13. See www.Tempe.gov/election for more details.

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