ELECTION: There is a choice in LD21

In his recent op-ed, appointed LD21 State Senator Rick Gray promises his constituents everything, but in reality conveys worn words, not action.

Gray says he wants to bring the Arizona Department of Education’s Zip Code Project to our community but that the department has limited resources. Well, in fact, Gray actually voted to cut revenues that could have provided the resources needed.

Senior citizens are another of Gray’s catchall causes. He says he’s working to assist seniors in poverty, but he opposed Medicaid expansion which offers health insurance to seniors over 65, and people in poverty, and even sued the state, which is us — the taxpayers — to reverse it. There is a choice!

I am backing independent candidate Kathy Knecht.

Kathy owes her allegiance to her constituents, not a distant political party. She is an independent with a long list of “can-do’s,” because she can get the job done. She’s a real champion for kids and schools, and worked hard as a volunteer school board member to deliver quality education for all kids in PUSD despite “limited resources.”

She has served seniors on the board of Benevilla, which addresses the needs of seniors and their caregivers. Kathy has broad bipartisan support and has been endorsed by highly respected West Valley leaders who are Republicans, Democrats and independents.It is time for a change.

Let’s elect Kathy in November and let’s watch her deliver on promises made. Because Kathy has a history of believing that promises made are promises kept.

Judy Jondahl


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