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About Nancy

Nancy Young Wright is a fourth generation southwesterner whose grandparents and great grandparents homesteaded in New Mexico. Her family operated a small business for more than 90 years. Nancy and her husband Allen have lived in District One for over 30 years. Their two daughters attended Amphitheater schools. Nancy earned a BA from New Mexico State University and an MFA from University of Arizona. She is a graduate of the Greater Tucson Leadership Program.

Honesty. Advocacy. Transparency.

Young Wright has extensive experience in the public and community sectors with a strong focus on youth, education and conservation. She served 10 years, without pay, on the Amphitheater School Board, including two years as Board President. There she was known for her advocacy for taxpayers, students and teachers. She fought successfully for lower administrative overhead, reduced class sizes and improved transparency. She worked with state legislators to strengthen the Open Meeting Law, to ensure an open "Call to the Audience" and to end the so-called "Evergreen" rollover contracts for school administrators. Young Wright served for three sessions in the State Legislature representing LD-26 (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, and she fought against cuts to services for disabled citizens and the mentally ill. Known as a "common sense legislator," she started two bipartisan caucuses, one on water and one on animal welfare issues, and worked with Republicans on successful bills including:

  • Requiring legible notice to taxpayers for fire district annexations.
  • A transparency omnibus bill requiring charter schools to post their budgets online before adoption.
  • A bill ensuring sibling visitation for children in foster care.

An Award-Winning Community Volunteer

Nancy's volunteer service includes:

  • Board member, Southern Arizona Historical Society
  • Chair of the first Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Advisory Board; championed the need for more youth facilities, bike lanes, trails, and natural areas such as Honey Bee Canyon.
  • Member, Pima County Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan Steering Committee.
  • Classroom, PTO and Band Boosters volunteer when her daughters were in K-12.
  • Co-leader, Girl Scout Troop 157; active in helping troop achieve their “Gold Award” status.
  • Adoption volunteer with the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) to assist with adoptions at the Pima Animal Care Center.
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 and 2011
  • Arizona Newspapers Association Freedom of Information Award: 2000

©2012 Nancy Young Wright
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