Judith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University, while working full time. While working on her Master’s Degree, Judith worked part-time as a network administration for a small law firm, and taught word processing programs at the Arizona State Computer Institute.
Grew Up In Chicago
The second of seven children. Judith has two grown daughters, Jennifer and Amy, and a granddaughter, Jessica. Judith was divorced from her childrens’ father after leaving Chicago and then widowed when her second husband died in 2000.
Three Uncles Served in the Military
Three of Judith’s uncles served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Her uncle, Tom, was a B-17 pilot who flew 35 missions over Germany at the end of the end of the war in Europe, and then went out for fighter pilot training and was killed. He was only three months short of his 21st birthday.
Moved to Arizona in 1970
Judith relocated to Arizona in 1970, and worked a variety of jobs, and then was trained as a legal secretary. During her work with attorneys, Judith volunteered for Hospice of the Valley, being present with clients who were in the last stages of their lives. Judith also volunteered with Andre House, a homeless shelter, preparing Friday night dinners for residents.
Part of the team that impeached Evan Mecham
While employed by Brown & Bain, a prestigious law firm in Phoenix, first as a legal secretary and then as in-house computer trainer, she was able to work with a flex schedule which afforded her the opportunity to complete her college education. Judith was also part of the team at Brown & Bain that prosecuted impeached Arizona governor, Evan Mecham.
Parks & Recreation Board Member
In June of 2017, Judith was appointed as a member of the City of Peoria Parks & Recreation Board. Her term runs through 2021.
The first recipient of the Humility Award
In 2004, Judith was honored as the first recipient of the Humility Award by Sierra Tucson, one of the nation’s premier residential substance abuse treatment centers. Judith received this award for her work as an advocate for her work with people struggling with substance abuse.
Authored a number of articles
Judith has published a number of magazine articles including The Arizona Republic (A Difficult Hill to Climb; A Cycle of Life; Reflections on Motherhood) and The Catholic Sun. (Catholics and Divorce), among other publications.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Judith was licensed as a Professional Counselor in 2004 by the State of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health, when licensure was first instituted. Judith achieved certification as a Mental Health Counselor after graduation and began her professional counseling private practice. At the same time, she served as a volunteer counselor for the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, creating weekend seminars, workshops, and facilitating support groups.
A leader in work and the community
In 2002, Judith was hired as Counseling Director at The Franciscan Renewal Center, and continues there overseeing a group of licensed professional counselors who volunteer their time to provide traditional professional therapy as an outreach to the community. She also is certified by the State of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health as a Clinical Supervisor.
Our elected representatives have for too long played checkers with benefits owed to veterans and their families. These benefits are owed to veterans and their families, the men and women who shed blood, sweat, and tears in defense of this nation and its Constitution. In order to truly have the best fighting force on the planet, I want to make sure we aren’t sending our troops into harms way without clear justification and to ensure that these same men and women are taken care of when they arrive to kiss American soil and their loved ones.
Quality healthcare is a right that belongs to every American. I am in support of H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, otherwise known as Single Payer national health insurance.
Single-payer national health insurance is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands. Under a single-payer system, all residents of the U.S. would be covered for all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug and medical supply costs.
Upon Congress’ passage of the AHCA last May, Physicians for a National Health Program, a nonprofit research and education organization of 21,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals, said: “This vote shows that House leaders are not only out of ideas on health care, but out of touch with their own constituents. In polls and at town hall meetings, Americans consistently demand Medicare for all, the only plan that is universal, sustainable, and proven to work in every other industrialized nation.”
I will join with 112 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives who support H.R. 676, which would provide immediate, comprehensive coverage to all Americans.
Education is the key to future individual success and our country’s fundamental promise that no matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve the chance to make the most of our talent and hard work. We must ensure every American child receives an education that delivers the skills a strong middle class demands. Quality education, preschool through college, should not be available only for the wealthy.
I will work to make sure all students, in Arizona and across our country, regardless of economic status, receive a quality college or vocational education that will help them get ahead without outrageous debt. I will work to make federal student loan rates affordable, free and open textbook accessible, and, especially, investigate deceptive practices of many for-profit colleges. The very future of our State and nation depends on the education we provide our children today.
We can no longer allow dark money to buy and rule our elections. I will fight to overturn Citizens United and for stronger disclosure laws so that the people know who is working so hard to influence our country’s elections in order to line their pockets to the detriment of all Americans.
I want to work for our Country to move in a direction that allows us to have publicly-funded elections like so many other advanced democracies around the globe. We must not let America devolve into an oligarchy.
America has been on the front lines of world conflicts for generations in support of freedom and liberty. After a misguided war in Iraq, we now are witnessing the consequences of those actions unfold all throughout the Middle East. It is the prime example of why we must use our diplomatic power, along with our allies, to avoid costly and long term conflicts.
I believe we should debate a new, more specific and streamlined Authorization for Use of Military Force, which would allow us to debate sending our troops into harm’s way and avoid doing so prematurely. We cannot establish stability in any region unless we take advantage of the diplomatic relations we have spent years building across the globe. It is imperative that we use these relationships to foster peace while reserving our military might as a last resort. We have to understand that young people with little to no mobility, especially economic, who are stuck in conflict zones provide a breeding ground for extremist ideology and that America should use its global leadership in ways that allow us to leverage our own strengths in pursuit of showing young people around the world new ways to participate in the global economy and in their own societies.
I believe any attack on America, whether it be physical or through cyber warfare, should be met with swift, thought-out action. We are now living in an era where we can become virtual victims of a foreign power trying to destabilize our democracy or infrastructure through the use of computer intrusion. We must make cyber security a priority and protect our ability to carry out our duties as participants in the greatest experiment in human history, American democracy. The integrity of our elections, from local to national, is of the utmost importance and without it we lose our identity.
NATO is a strategic alliance that we’ve spent decades cultivating since 1949. These alliances provide protection not only for us, but for our close friends in Europe as well. I want to strengthen these relationships and assure our allies across the pond that they have our support and we will continue to work with them to tackle threats, both old and new.
Equal Pay for Women
Women with the same qualifications and experience as men MUST be recognized and compensated. More than fifty-six percent of all women participate in our country’s workforce today and an increasing number of women are the primary wage earners for their families. It is time to place equal value on their work. Judith is committed to collaborating on both sides of the political aisle to bring equality for women in the workforce through education opportunities and job training, which will strengthen Arizona families and help restore a strong middle class.
The Department of Defense considers climate change to be one of hte biggest national security threats America faces. I agree. Arizona is especially susceptible to major droughts and other natural forces like heat waves and wildfires that can be exaggerated by global warming. Now is NOT the time to sit idly by as other nations take this threat seriously. Acknowledging the threat that climate change poses to us will allow us to move to renewable energies and end our antiquated reliance on fossil fuels, spurring major job growth. Being able to effectively plan ahead will give us the opportunity to be proactive, not reactive. Also, it will enable us to protect our food and water supplies and ensure we are prepared for the changes in climate that are coming.
After running businesses, raising families, and becoming anchors in our communities, seniors have contributed much to the fabric of our society. Each generation of Americans drives continued growth and progress, and we must honor all that our seniors have done for us by protecting the benefits they have earned. I believe that a lifetime of hard work should earn a secure and comfortable retirement. I’m going to work to provide relief for retirees who have suffered dramatic losses in their retirement income, protect employee pensions, and ensure that we protect Social Security and Medicare.
Budget, Debt and Deficit
Our federal budget, with its deficits and accumulating debt, is one of the most important issues we face today. American businesses and families work hard to spend wisely, to plan for the future, and to invest in a more promising tomorrow. I believe American government should be governed by the these basic principles without politically manufactured crises that threaten the stability of the American economy.
When it comes to our fellow LBGTQ citizens, I want them to know they have my unqualified support. Who someone loves has no impact on my ability to live a happy and healthy life. It is our duty as Americans to see to it that no one is discriminated against, regardless of orientation. I believe we have not gone far enough in regard to protecting the LBGTQ community and, as an elected official, I intend to fight equality and well-being.
Connect With Judith
P.O. Box 44843
Phoenix, AZ 85064