Nancy Young Wright has extensive experience in the public and community sectors with a strong focus on youth, education, and conservation issues.
Young Wright’s priorities for the Supervisor’s race are:
• Job creation and economic development.
• Restoring our roads and improving our infrastructure.
• Promoting strong, responsive law enforcement.
• Promoting strong public schools.
• Protecting Pima County’s water and natural resources.
She served in the Arizona House of Representatives representing Tucson’s Legislative District 26 for three sessions from 2008 through 2010, serving on the Education and the Water and Energy Committees. Her first priority was to protect funding for Arizona’s public schools and universities. She fought against cuts to services for disabled citizens and the mentally ill. She started two bi-partisan caucuses at the state legislature: one on water and one on animal welfare issues. Known as a “common sense” legislator, Young Wright worked across the aisle to help children, taxpayers, and animals. She successfully worked with Republicans on a bill requiring a legible notice to tax payers for fire district annexations and on a transparency omnibus bill that required charter schools to post their budget on line before adoption. Her bill regarding sibling visitations for foster children had strong bi-partisan support and was signed into law by the Governor. She worked with several southern Arizona Republicans on bills to help curb puppy mills and animal cruelty and to add animals to orders of domestic protection.
Nancy served 10 years on the Amphitheater Unified School District Board, including two as Board President. While at Amphitheater, she fought to lower administrative overhead, reduce class size and improve transparency. She successfully worked with state legislators to pass legislation revising the Open Meeting Law to ensure an open “Call to the Audience” and to end so-called “Evergreen” rollover contracts for school administrators.
• She volunteered with her daughters’ classrooms, PTOs, Girl Scouts and with CDO HS Band Boosters.
• She chaired Oro Valley’s first Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, where she championed parks, play equipment, bike lanes, and natural areas.
• She was a member of the Pima County Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan Steering Committee and was active on a number of land use issues such as Honey Bee Canyon and Canoa Ranch.
• She volunteered with the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) to assist with adoptions at the Pima Animal Care Center.
• Nancy has a MFA from the University of Arizona and a BA from New Mexico State University.
• She enjoys gardening, “antiquing” and supporting educational, historical, arts, environmental, and literary causes in Arizona.
• Currently, she serves on the Board of the Southern Arizona Historical Society. She is a member of St. Mark’s UMC.
Her Awards include:
• Sky Island Alliance Public Service Award 2011
• Grey 2K USA Greyhound Leadership Award 2011
• University of Arizona College of Education Alumni Appreciation Award
• 2010 ASA Student Advocate Award 2010
• Humane Society of the US Humane Legislator Award 2010
• Friend of Cities and Towns Award 2010
• Arizona Arts Council “Arts Hero” award 2009
• Arizona Afterschool Association Legislative Champion Award 2009
• Friend of Cities and Towns Award, 2009
• AWASA Friends of Animals Award, 2009
• Amphitheater Unified School District Appreciation Award for 10 years of service
• YWCA Women on the Move 2007, 2009 2011
• Arizona Newspapers Association Freedom of Information Award, 2000
• Greater Tucson Leadership Program Graduate 1996