When I was 16 years old, long before I enlisted in the Marines to serve our country, I served my local community as a Guardian Angel. We performed unarmed safety patrols through some of Tucson’s most dangerous neighborhoods. I was still in high school at the time, but my sense of service compelled me to volunteer with this unique organization. I was attracted to and impressed by the truly selfless service the Guardian Angels provided to the community. It was actually pretty dangerous. And it was almost always thankless. (No wonder I later wound up in the Marines!)
Looking back, it is clear to me that this was always my quest: To help; to make things better; to protect the vulnerable; to uplift the oppressed; and to serve. These are the reasons I am running for office. I am running to restore the concept of “public service” to public office. Public service must always mean selfless service. This is my unwavering belief and, should you elect me, my unwavering commitment to you.
(More on the Guardian Angels here: http://guardianangels.org/)
I am pleased and honored to announce my intent to run for Arizona House of Representatives in 2018 to represent LD24 (central Phoenix & south Scottsdale).
Having served 15 years as an enlisted Marine, I am unafraid to stand up and fight for the rights of others. In fact, my passion for advocacy is why I became a lawyer.
During my terms serving on the executive boards of the District 24 Democrats (2014-2016) and the Maricopa County Democratic Party (2016-present), I gained an understanding of the complexities of the Legislature as I strengthened my sense of political advocacy.
For far too long the division between our “politicians” and their inability to progress our state forward has harmed us all, especially in the areas of education and the economy. As the son of public school teachers (and as the product of an Arizona public education), I know well that the foundation of any thriving community must include a robust and well-funded public school system.
If we want to attract strong companies and better jobs to Arizona, we must do better. I have the experience to bring people together toward common goals and unity, and I have the drive to help get this done!
I will fight to advance our shared values that I believe are the bedrocks of an inclusive and just society. I look forward to a positive campaign, meeting my neighbors, and tackling challenges.
-John Barwell, Candidate for Arizona House of Representatives