meet julie

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I am a 4th generation Arizonan. My great-grandfather immigrated to the United States and became one of the first Japanese to begin farming land in Arizona. My husband of 17 years and I have 5 kids together and 2 grandchildren. I know Deer Valley first hand. My children have attended DVUSD schools for the last 16 years; 7 of my nieces and nephews also grew up in the District.

After graduating from Grand Canyon University, I taught as a special education teacher in Paradise Valley Unified School District. I then started my own small business and co-founded a non-profit. I made my initial foray into public advocacy in 2016 when the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) renovated a facility next to Adobe Mountain School for its re-entry center. I teamed up with my running mate, Ann O’Brien, to advocate for change in North Phoenix and represent the community as a leader of BlockWatch Phoenix North. I succeeded in my mission and stopped the DOC from placing homeless sex offenders near my community, home and children. I later helped draft 3 bills that were subsequently signed into law during the 2017 legislative session. Since then I have worked on other community issues concerning development of North Phoenix and fire response times, working with city leaders and Phoenix Fire officials to successfully bring E55 to the 85085 community. 

I am a fierce advocate for our public schools and I operate in a constructive, respectful, and factual manner. I always come to the bargaining table with real solutions. I will bring my experience and success as a teacher, wife, mother, entrepreneur and children’s advocate to the Deer Valley School Board.