City Council candidate profile: Laura Pastor

Laura Pastor
Photo courtesy of Laura Pastor

Laura Pastor, a former public school teacher and daughter of U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor, will be competing among many other candidates in this year’s election for Phoenix City Council on August 27.

Pastor has expressed her passion for district four and the people who live there. Growing up there herself has given her the benefit of finding the right solutions the city needs to overcome the challenges they are currently dealing with.

Her history with the community includes a list of organizations where she has been an active member to better the neighborhoods and education systems. Pastor has taught at local public schools with her main focus on at-risk youths who reside within the “tougher neighborhoods.” Pastor has also spent her time serving as a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board since 2012. She is an active member of the Maricopa Transportation Advisory Board, as well as the O’Connor Speak Out and Mi Familia Vota advisory boards. Beforehand, she was a member of the Encanto Village and Phoenix Union Foundation Board.

A resident of district four since she was nine, Pastor believes if she was elected as a representative, she could use her passion to finding solutions that better the community.

“As a candidate, I have listened to hundreds of people as I’ve walked door to door … Nothing else matters if we don’t do everything we can to keep our children safe,” Pastor said. “My first priority has to be public safety. I will work hard to not just keep the police officers and programs that we have, but to add more officers and expand those programs.”

Pastor said she plans to focus on adding businesses and jobs if elected, as a way to expand the economy and pay the public safety bills.

If elected, one of the main issues Pastor plans on addressing immediately is the city budget. Pastor said without an immediate solution to the budget, the city will lose a list of necessities in regards to keeping families safe. This includes a ladder company, at least 99 police officers, after-school programs and domestic violence response teams.

Paul Lopez, Phoenix resident and long time friend of Pastor, said with Pastor’s knowledge and long history of community involvement, he feels confident that she will find solutions to the current issues.

“Jobs are a high priority for Laura, in which she has an ongoing focus toward the continued planning and development of midtown Phoenix,” Lopez said. “Laura will be leading and supportive every step of the way.”

“Laura has the mature leadership traits that will allow her to lead the district forward,” he said. “Laura believes we must judge our city not by its highest-performing areas, but by how we are doing in our most challenged areas.”

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