Jo Grant, an Oro Valley resident, worked as a legislative coordinator for more than 20 years for the Southern Arizona until retiring. She’s served on the Amphitheater school board and was appointed to that in February 2013. Grant is running because she wants her grandchildren to have a quality education and be able to get a job once they finish school. Her top three priorities, if elected, are education, economic development through jobs and veterans. Grant believes that “our young adults need to be educated and trained to go into the workforce and get our economy going. They all tie together.” As for veterans, Grant wants to make sure they are taken care of.
Grant believes that the region is doing well in providing and creating jobs for people—jobs that will keep people well employed. Moving forward, Grant wants to see public officials address public education, specifically in regards to an increase in funding and the maintenance of high-quality schools. Grant says that the schools’ funds keep getting cut and that that needs to stop. Grant has worked on one campaign, her husband’s, when he was running for the school board. The primary focus for Grant right now is to get elected. From there she will focus on what her first action as an elected official would be. Grant has received endorsements and has many volunteers who are supporting her.