Meet Our Candidates: Genevieve Vega for Tempe City Council

Reproductive health care access has been under attack, both nationally and statewide, but Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed candidates who have shown strong commitment to reproductive justice. The Tempe general election will be held on March 13, 2018, with ballots mailed to registered voters on February 14. Make your voice heard in 2018!

In the upcoming Tempe special election, there are six candidates vying for three open City Council seats. Tempe residents will also cast their votes for three separate ballot initiatives. For the first time in the city’s history, all registered voters will receive their ballots by mail. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (PPAA) has endorsed two Tempe City Council candidates: Genevieve Vega and Lauren Kuby.

“I knew I could be a strong advocate for families like mine.”

As a small business owner and consultant, Genevieve Vega has spent her adult life serving the city of Tempe. In addition to working as a professional business consultant, Ms. Vega serves on the Tempe Community Council and the Phoenix Suns Charities 88 Board of Directors. She is “unapologetically pro-choice,” and she is proud to have received endorsements from both PPAA and Arizona List. Ms. Vega has also been endorsed by Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell; current council members Lauren Kuby, David Schapira, and Randy Keating; and a host of other community leaders. If elected, Ms. Vega will be the first Asian-American council member to represent Tempe.

On February 11, 2018, Ms. Vega took the time to be interviewed by PPAA, offering insight into her background and the motivations behind her candidacy.

Tell us a little about your background.

Service is core to who I am. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for a Green Beret, who in the Vietnam War rescued a wounded and orphaned Vietnamese girl. He decided to adopt that girl, the first Vietnamese adopted in the U.S., who graduated from ASU. She’s my mom, and raised me as a single mom until I was 9. She and my stepdad live in Tempe today. My husband Dave and I chose Tempe as the place to raise our family — we have a special-needs second grader and a freshman in public schools. I’m a two-time Sun Devil with an executive MBA and I run my own consulting business helping businesses with training and development for growth. Continue reading

PPAA Endorses David Schapira for State Senate

Editor’s Note: To learn about Planned Parenthood Arizona’s involvement with sex education curricula at Tempe Union High School District, please read this Q&A with Jodi Liggett, PPAZ’s director of public policy.

schapiraPlaned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed David Schapira for State Senate in Legislative District 17.  District 17, which covers a large portion of Tempe and a portion of South Scottsdale, is being labeled a “swing district” and thus, voter turn-out and support for David Schapira is critical.

A native Arizonan and state legislator since 2006, David Schapira is a former high school teacher and current member of the Political Science faculty at ASU. Along with his wife, Rosemary, he serves as the owner of, a care package delivery service that caters to area college students.

A student of Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, Schapira received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2001.  He previously served as an aide to Senator Tom Daschle and campaign manager for Terry Goddard’s 2002 run for Arizona Attorney General. Continue reading