Meet Patrick Morales
My name is Patrick Morales, and I am running for the open seat at the Arizona House of Representatives for Legislative District 26. I wanted to share with you a little bit about myself and my commitment to improving equity in Arizona.
I have had the honor of serving on the Tempe Elementary School Governing Board for the last five years. During my time on the school board, I have fought to increase equity in our schools so that every child, teacher, and worker can succeed. Education and equity are important to me because I was raised by educators who have shown me first hand the importance of education and access to it for everyone.
My mom immigrated here from Mexico and has worked as an English teacher for several years. She earned her bachelor’s degree when I was ten years old. I saw first hand how education was the key to the American dream she had always hoped to have. It was because of her hard work that I have committed my life to ensure everyone has access to public education and that equity thrives in our communities every day.
The Progress We Have Made
During my time on the school board, we have solidified several policies to uplift our communities and fully support our students, educators, and parents.
Beyond the success of the Tempe Elementary School Board, I have worked in community advocacy for nearly a decade. This work has included advocating for Pre K-12 policy and higher education statewide initiatives, healthcare for all, a $15 minimum wage, protecting the environment and our Grand Canyon, and comprehensive and humane immigration reform.
I served on the Arizona School Board Association’s board of directors as the President of the Hispanic and Native American Caucus and currently serve as the Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus for the Arizona State Democratic Party.
Why I am Running
I am running to represent the district because, for far too long, Arizona politics has held us at a standstill, and we can no longer afford to maintain the status quo. It is time to get things done at the Arizona Legislature. I have a proven track record of working on multiple issues with groups throughout Arizona. My family and I love this community and Arizona as a whole. We want to ensure that it is a place that is inclusive and works for everyone.
I am proud to be running as a clean elections candidate, which means I am pledging not to take donations from special interest groups and corporations. Our campaign is a people-powered campaign accepting small-dollar contributions.
I humbly ask for your support and for you to join our campaign.