Juan Mendez is a first generation American and a native Arizonan who is invested in his community and in improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. He attended Tolleson Union High School, received his associate degree from Phoenix College, and then graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Justice Studies from Arizona State University.
Juan’s passion for politics and social justice is reflected in his commitment to building strong communities. On the City of Phoenix Human Services Advisory Committee, Juan worked with fellow community leaders to recommend improvements to senior and family service centers and programs for the homeless. Now with the Tempe Community Council he educates and engages the community to connect those who care with those in need. From 2009 to 2013 he ran the local nonprofit program Arizona Community Voice Mail where he helped connect the homelessness to jobs, housing, information and hope. He also is a graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XXVI bringing together individuals in our community to engage and challenge one another, learn more about the ins and outs of Tempe and, most importantly, make a real difference in our community.
Juan ran for office to represent the voice of the working class. He brings to the legislature an understanding of the value of public education and the passion of a citizen who is invested in his community. His legislative priorities include bringing sanity and purpose back to the state budget, by recognizing that private success is dependent on public investment. Juan also aims to restart the American dream of upward mobility for everyone, regardless of privilege, by restoring compassion to our health care system and through strengthening our public schools and universities.
After having fostered the environment for a healthy and educated workforce and a budget that accounts for the rising costs of everyday living expenses, college education, and healthcare, Juan will work to attract new industries to our communities in order to fuel real sustainable economic growth.
Juan is also an avid rock climber, hiker and advocate for the environment.