You Know Kathy Knecht
- Peoria School Board since 2007
- President Arizona School Boards Assn. 2016
- Former Exec. Director, Leadership West
- Lifetime "Blue Blazer" Volunteer for Luke AFB
- Member, WESTMARC Workforce and Ed. Committee
- Former 4th and 5th grade Teacher
- Girl Scout Leader, 15 years
- West Valley Arts Council
- ASU Community Advisory
- Peoria Education Foundation
- Benevilla Senior Care
- New Life Center (domestic violence)
- Arizona Town Hall
- Arizona Broadway Theatre
- Peoria Chamber of Commerce
“So now what?”
The goal of ending the status quo in Arizona politics is as timely and as critical as ever. I want to extend my longtime service to our community and repair some of the damage done to public education, local control, and voters' rights in Arizona. I intend to run as an independent and maintain my reputation as a leader who puts people and doing the right thing first. Yes, it's breaking the mold, but, as the saying goes, insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. No substantive change in the makeup of our legislature clearly means there will be no change in the trajectory of our state: a deficit, a teacher crisis, corruption, ignoring local control by bullying cities and towns into submission, and hyper-partisanship which ends in either extreme legislation or gridlock.
Our campaign is neither obsessed with “keeping the West Valley red,” nor “turning the West Valley blue.” Our vision is so much bigger and better than that: a representative state government that answers to the people, not a political party and not out-of-state special interest groups. Imagine the freedom to just do the right thing! I do all the time.
Our agenda is future-focused. It’s not about pandering until the next election cycle. We can work together to improve our quality of life today, AND create a legacy of prosperity, health and empowerment for ourselves and our grandchildren.
I respect and admire plenty of partisans, but let’s be honest. I don’t know many everyday people that are thrilled with everything their party has done, or everyone their party has promoted over the past several years. This is my Declaration of Independence: Vote for character and ideas instead of party. You’re allowed to, you know; this is America. It’s as radical an idea as the idea of America itself.
Serving Everyone. Accountable to YOU.
After more than a decade serving as a public school board member and community leader with numerous interests and broad experiences in the West Valley, I've decided to use my skills and energy to serve as Arizona State Senator in Legislative District 21. Because I have been a registered Independent for the last 22 years, have innumerable friends and allies on both sides of the aisle, and have effectively served stakeholders in a non-partisan way, I am running as an Independent. Yes, that may make the journey more challenging. But, the time is right. People today are eager to vote for good people over party. If you know me, you know I am always true to myself and my commitment to doing the right thing. I've never shied away from a challenge.
Republican? Democrat? Yes, you can vote for an independent! This is America!
I care about people. And, I'm disgusted by "politics as usual." My longtime, non-partisan service on the Peoria School Board and a variety of non-profit boards has rewarded me with the opportunity to serve students and teachers; military families; arts, civic and leadership development organizations; seniors; victims of domestic violence and local businesses.
Let’s change the status quo!
I would love to meet with you and your friends! I’ll even bring the cookies and the coffee. Please call me to chat or to set up a gathering.
Make no mistake. This is a local election, but the stakes are high for all of Arizona. We welcome support from across our great state!