Laura Pastor

Laura grew up in a household of schoolteachers, so I know the importance of education. My mother was the first in her family to attend college and, today I work with families who are working hard to help their own children become the first family members to go to college.

The latest figures, though, show that only 37 percent of Phoenix-area adults 25 or older have an associate’s degree or higher. That ranks 18th of the nation’s 20 largest metro areas. Further, fewer than 30 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

If we are to be successful in the 21st century, we need a better-educated workforce. Experts say that, within ten years, nearly two-thirds of all jobs will require some type of postsecondary degree or certificate.We have to do better. And we can.

As District 4 Council member, I will be a leader for fostering partnerships and collaboration between the City and institutions of higher education. As a Councilman, Mayor Stanton laid the groundwork for the downtown ASU campus, the U of A medical school and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. His work is a reminder of how effective a dedicated councilmember can be. Beginning next year, I intend to fill that role on the council.