After running unopposed in the primary election, Democrat Nancy Young Wright will look to defeat Republican candidate Ally Miller in the General Election for a seat for Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 1.
Wright, a 31-year Tucsonan, has spent the last 29 of those years as a resident in the district in which she now hopes to be elected.
Wright’s previous experience in politics includes serving three years in the Arizona House of Representatives, where she represented Northwest Tucson.
“While at the legislature, my first priority was advocating against deep cuts to Arizona’s public schools and universities,” she said. “I worked successfully across the aisle on bi-partisan bills involving foster care, local fire districts, law enforcement, and animal welfare.”
Wright also served 10 years on the Amphitheater Unified School Board, and was involved in advocacy for taxpayers, students, and teachers.
“I fought to lower administrative overhead, reduce class sizes, raise teachers’ pay, improve transparency, and to retain art, music, and physical education programs,” she said. “We restored First Amendment Rights and corrected policy deficiencies in regards to employees, land use policies, and governing board operations. Finally, we lowered the tax rate.”
Wright refuted a claim by Miller that she opposed the construction of Ironwood Ridge High School.
“I voted at each juncture for the high school to move forward,” she said. “I don’t believe I would have been re-elected to the school board twice by significant margins over all other candidates if I had worked against the school. As the only board member with children attending an overcrowded Canyon Del Oro High School…I was motivated to see a new high school built as soon as possible.”
In her current political endeavor, Wright said she will maintain a focus on education, as well as job creation.
“We have to create lasting, high-quality jobs,” she said. “We need to improve our attraction and retention of quality employers, and we need to grow our own local talent. We should expand our partnerships with the University of Arizona in the area of bio-tech, solar, and other research and development.”
Wright added that education is economic development, and said businesses need an educated, skilled work force.
“Employees are attracted to areas that offer excellent public schools,” she said. “We need to work together as a region with the county, city, towns, and tribes to create a better future.”
In addition to jobs and education, another priority of Wright’s will be road repair.
“We need to repair our roads and plan for the transportation needs of the future,” she said. “We need to discuss how to handle the traffic that will be generated by the 40,000 plus homes planned for the Arroyo Grande project north of Oro Valley. We need to protect the spectacular natural resources we have in District One and the rest of the County. This category includes the promotion of parks, playing fields, bike lanes, and hiking trails.”
Wright said she is the best candidate for the position because of a solid track record in the area of problem solving by working across party lines.
“I offer a balanced vision and approach that is not aligned with any specific extreme off-shoot of a political party,” she said. “I do my research and I don’t accept easy answers. I’m a hard working person who goes the extra mile.”
If elected, Wright plans to hold regular outreach meetings in each area of the district, conduct town halls, and employ practical means to communicate with constituents.
“I will be a full-time, accessible supervisor,” she said.
In looking to win on Nov. 6, Wright recently joined Republicans Mike Hellon and Stuart McDaniel in filing a complaint with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office regarding three Independent Expenditure Committees and their close relationship with her opponent, Ally Miller.
The groups spent thousands of dollars in the primary election on Miller’s behalf and used the same political consulting firm, Tagline Media. If she is found guilty of violating the law, Miller could be personally liable for a civil penalty of three times the cost of the literature or advertisement that was distributed in violation of the law.
“This appears to be a serious violation of campaign laws,” said Young Wright. “I hope the Secretary of State takes this issue seriously and diligently pursues the investigation of Ms. Miller. These complaints have been filed on behalf of the voters of District One.”
Miller has not commented on the accusations, but Tagline Media has denied any wrongdoing.