Candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District 4.
We Did It!
Our primary challenge was a SUCCESS!
We needed 795 people to write-in my name on their primary ballot, and we received 5,204!
This confirms that my name will be on the November ballot and we can win this!
I am running for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors because it is probably the most important elected office that no one has heard of. The board of supervisors governs over all 60 county departments, some of which are elections, public health, animal welfare, jails and air quality. The five people on the board set policy and budgets for Maricopa County.
Do you know why every Arizonan won’t be automatically receiving a mail-in ballot in the midst of this pandemic? The board of supervisors voted against it.
Wonder why the county is sitting on millions of dollars of county Cares Act money that is supposed to be spent helping citizens and small businesses during the Covid crisis? The current board chooses not make the effort to find ways to use those desperately needed funds to serve the citizens of the county.
Why would the county do nothing to regulate the environmental pollution caused by Hickman Farms? Because Clint Hickman is the chair of the board, so the board refuses to even hear the citizens’ complaints.
These are but a few of the many frustrations and conflicts of interest I have become aware of. I decided that Clint Hickman should not run unopposed in November.
Why I'm Running
About Suzanne Story
Suzanne Story is a high school English teacher with twenty years of experience teaching and guiding young adults, as well as shaping and innovating learning in District 4. A lifelong learner, Suzanne attended Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, the University of Phoenix where she earned a Master's degree in Education, and has recently been working towards a Master of Arts in English through Northern Arizona University. Suzanne cherishes her family and her community, and is excited to make a positive difference for Maricopa County.
The Campaign Hits Full Steam!
August 9, 2020
Suzanne is the Democrat Party candidate for the Board of Supervisors in District 4.
Dedicated to equity, transparency and the responsible stewardship of our county resources, Suzanne believes in honest communication and the essential values of integrity and fairness. Suzanne Story stands firmly against conflicts of interest by public office holders.
Please help support Suzanne in her campaign for district 4 and against the deep-pockets republican incumbent.
What is the Board of Supervisors?
The board is similar to that of the City Council, except its jurisdiction includes all the county and unincorporated areas.
County government in Arizona is an arm of the state government.
Its authority is provided by both the state constitution and the state legislature.
The County Board of Supervisors are elected to four-year terms and provide guidance to the County Administrator and various county departments.
A representative from a district is called a Supervisor.
Currently, Maricopa County has five (5) districts and five (5) Supervisors.
Together, the five (5) district representatives, or Supervisors, form the Board of Supervisors.
This is where they represent your area of town to County government.
Board members set the county tax rate and approve the county budget.
More about the BoS
The mission of Maricopa County is to provide regional leadership and fiscally responsible, necessary public services so that residents can enjoy living in a healthy and safe community.
Maricopa County oversees municipal services and funds nearly 15,118 positions to serve the public in areas of public health and health care; transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance; flood control; law enforcement and courts; education; parks and recreation facilities; libraries; animal control; economic and community development; elections; water conservation; and county elected officials [i.e. County Assessor, County Attorney, County Sheriff, County Treasurer].
In addition to appointing vacant county and legislative offices as well as other boards and commissions, the Board’s authority also extends to zoning changes, passing resolutions, and ordinances and regulations as authorized by state law.
The Board of Supervisors hires the County Manager.
The County Manager essentially runs Maricopa County, based on Supervisor policies.
Issues & Political Concerns
Suzanne Story upholds many core values, one of them being the fight for social justice where it is needed. We need to live in a society where people do not merely support progressive change, but actively create the change they wish to see. Read on to learn more of the issues facing Suzanne Story and how they plan to overcome them.
Suzanne Story is truly passionate about public health, as it is one that impacts every man, woman and child in Maricopa county. Arizona has long trailed behind other states when it comes to public health, but Suzanne seeks to change that. The Board of Supervisors controls the county public health budget, and Suzanne Story aims to ensure full funding for the citizens.
Arizona was once admired for the purity of its air. Now, we are regularly warned not to go outside due to air pollution. Suzanne Story is proud to push for change in Arizona's policies regarding pollution and green energy. Over 4 million people live in Maricopa county, so it is up to the Board of Supervisors to lead when it comes to the environment. If you would like to find out more information about this issue, as well as others, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
As a veteran educator, I am passionate about fully funding education and finding new and innovative ways to serve the public. Education is truly the root of a just society and can be the great equalizer when we ensure that all students and adults have access to high quality instruction and resources.
Problems with Egg Farming
Factory farms are problematic for multiple reasons, from animal cruelty, to prison labor and worker injuries, to environmental pollution. There has been movement recently in the Arizona legislature to prohibit the most confining hen cages, but IF that passes, it won't address the other problems. The only way to truly address the problems being caused by Hickman's Family Farms is to get Clint Hickman (vice president of sales) off the Board of Supervisors and to replace him with someone dedicated to solving these problems.
Plant-based foods are designed to replicate animal-based foods, but made entirely of plants. The creation of plant-based foods, like those made by producer JUST, uses 98% less water, produces 93% less greenhouse gases, and harms no animals. Furthermore, farms that grow plants do not produce the noxious environmental pollution common to factory farms.
As Supervisor, I would push to bring Plant-based food producers to Maricopa county.
Animals are complex creatures that experience the world with a wide range of emotions and needs. Although progress has been made in some areas, such as as the criminalization of animal cruelty, ground has been lost in elsewhere, such as the loosening of restrictions on trophy hunting. We should continue to work towards a world where people coexist compassionately with animals.