Women like me were not born into a life of politics. And, as all of us, I faced my own challenges:
- When I was seven, my biological father abandoned me and my three sisters, never to be seen again. My mom experienced the social stigma of being a “divorcee” and my best friends parents would not let be her friend as a result. I worked hard to never make my mother cry as I had seen her tears and angst far too much during that time in my life. My compassion for others was apparent at a young age.
- I survived a United Airlines plane crash within a year that killed and/or injured all on board.
- I was born in a town where ones zip code determined her/his destiny. The town was working class. My schools were not excellent but I was fortunate to be raised by a mom and grandparents who valued public education. As a result, so did I. I worked hard in school because my mom told me I needed to go to college so I could always support myself in the event of life changes.
- I worked in agricultural fields between ages 12 through 21 and stuck up for my Native American and Latino friends that faced unfairness and discrimination. I valued justice and fairness for all.
- I suffered from a chronic/severe illness for 40 years that affected me the majority of days. Doctors treated but could not cure the disease. In 2011, I discovered a new approach that showed promise. I was accepted in a clinical trial that involved a 18 hour brain surgery. It worked for me!
Despite of all of these enormous challenges I was persistent and persevered.
These were my lessons in life.
These were significant events who have made me who I am today.
In my adult life, I have been fortunate to have been a member of the working class as an Educator in High School Teaching, as an Intervention Counselor, Consultant and Principal.
- I taught classes and dedicated myself in making a positive difference in the lives of adolescents.
- I was passionate about advocating for the underdog to the highly successful and everyone in between.
- I have always believed in changing priorities and systems that are not working for people and know we can always do better! I have always been completely dedicated to those pursuits.
- My life has caused me to be determined, focused and hopeful. I was effective as a leader and change agent...always as a member of an effective team.
I was fortunate to live in a time and place of opportunity.
Today, it is different for most people in Arizona.
After decades and decades of the same Political Party in Power in Arizona, we must ask ourselves,
...just whom has Arizona been working for during all of these years?
Currently in Arizona we are seeing that:
- Water is getting more and more scarce. And, ordinary citizens like us do not have a voice for change.
- Everyday gets harder and harder for workers, making it a challenge to make an honest living.
- Rent, food, gas, utilities and taxes take more and more from our paychecks every month. Most of us are only one emergency away from financial catastrophe.
- Our unemployment rate in LD11 is between 4 and 6%, (AZ Department of Labor, 2019). More and more of us work more than one job as it is necessary because great jobs are rare.
- For some, Healthcare is more expensive and covers less while income stays the same. Increasing numbers of us can not afford or access healthcare.
It is increasingly clear that the changes the incumbent a Senator has been making have not been for us. We deserve someone in the legislature who WILL work for us!
It is clear to me that we need to elect someone in Arizona’s Senate that the working class, the retired, families, veterans, the disabled and those less fortunate can afford. Our challenges are about people
and corporations who have considerable money versus the majority of us who only have money enough to make ends meet. -We have lots of people. They have lots and lots of money.
It is time we realize that our state is failing to meet our needs. Meanwhile the incumbent state senator that was elected to represent us takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from sources of Dirty Money, Special Interests, Political Action Committees, Corporations, Rich Individuals and a state and national system that is stacked against us. He lives in an affluent retirement community and does not live like the rest of us live. He is out of touch and does not relate to the majority of us. He does not understand and care for us.
He cannot possible be our state senator anymore
because he does not care to represent our needs.
What we need now is a CHANGE.
What our district needs is a thoughtful and effective leader who cares about people. Who is able to hit the senate floor running -capable of collaborating with stakeholders and fellow lawmakers, researching and authoring bills, negotiating in committees and representing our needs. Someone with a proven record of effectiveness in public service. Someone who can deliver for people like us.
Linda Patterson is that person.
Linda understands that we need adequate water, clean air, healthcare that works for us, excellent public schools and the need to solve climate change. Our children need to be able to stop practicing for school shooters and focus on their educations and life after high school We need low cost/employer sponsored job training that provides veterans and workers with the jobs that support them and their families. And, for some, we need a university system that provides for an education required for different kinds of situations.
We need to prioritize our state and federal money to work for ALL of us! And now.
It will take Linda Patterson as she is a courageous leader, a compassionate friend and has a proven record of public service from which she was recognized as highly effective at working for the interests of people...for over 30 years!
It will take an individual who can gets things done. An accomplished individual
who has demonstrated progress in urban and rural communities like
Casa Grande, Marana, Oro Valley, Maricopa City, Toltec,
Pacheco, Red Rocks, Arizona City and Saddlebrooke.
We can do better for District 11 and we can do so very soon.
We are only one vote away from electing an Excellent Senator for US!
In August and in November vote
Linda Patterson 4 State Senate, LD11.
CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN
A New Leader.
A New Vision.
A New Direction.
A Better State Senator.
Posted on 03 Jan 2020, 21:17 - Category: Message from Linda