karen watts

City Councilmember Karen Watts is a Yuma native whose family presence in the Yuma  community dates to the 1800’s. She had the privilege to raise a family of her own here while  having the opportunity to play an active role in serving her community. Councilmember Watts was the 2020 Deputy Mayor of Yuma and took a leadership role in the battle to fight  against the COVID-19 Pandemic by promoting public health protocols and outreach.  Karen first received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Arizona,  working in critical care nursing for nine years. She then proceeded to become a Family Nurse  Practitioner at Arizona State University in 1994. Since then, she has had experience working  with diverse populations of patients from different walks of life within the medical field. She  has served as a flight nurse, a primary care provider for adults and pediatrics, a provider of  hospice care, a practitioner in treating substance abuse patients, and a sexual assault nurse  examiner. In 2007, Karen took on the role as businesswoman, opening her own medical  practice as there was a great need in the growing community. In 2011, Karen was inducted  into the Amberly’s Place Directors Hall of Fame for her service to the victims and their  families. Councilmember Watts is running for Mayor of Yuma because of her dedication to  public service and the need to have new leadership that supports climate action, public safety,  and building a sustainable city for the future of Yuma.