Kesha Hodge Washington

YOUR Advocate for District 8

YOUR Advocate
for District 8

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BREAKING NEWS: 

 

Wow!  After a dead heat for first place in the November general election, Kesha is heading into a runoff on March 14, 2023.

 

Kesha is extremely proud to announce that she has been endorsed by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, U.S. Congressman Greg Stanton, and former Attorney General Terry Goddard!  

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About Kesha

Kesha Hodge Washington has been active in the City of Phoenix, District 8, for over twenty years. She has and continues to volunteer and serve in many areas, from voter registration and civic engagement to providing food and basic necessities to individuals in need. The current issues facing District 8 require an intentional, strategic, and comprehensive approach.

She moved to Arizona from the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1999 and has been active in Phoenix ever since. The daughter of a mechanic and a bookkeeper, Kesha is a first-generation college graduate who earned her bachelors degree from the University of the Virgin Islands and her law degree from Arizona State University College of Law.

Kesha is a former Assistant Attorney General who practiced law in Phoenix for 20 years. After graduating from law school, she clerked at the Arizona Court of Appeals for Honorable Cecil B. Patterson and then as a senior law clerk to Honorable Maurice “Mo” Portley. She served as Assistant Attorney General working to protect children in physically and sexually abusive environments, was later appointed Special Deputy Attorney General to investigate and prosecute election law violations by former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and routinely provided free representation to tenant families and individuals facing eviction. Kesha also successfully represented consumers getting ripped off by big insurance companies who—after collecting years of premiums—refused to pay out the promised benefits.  Her twenty years of experience in law firm, government practice, and in-house settings has given Kesha valuable insight on how to effectively achieve results.

Kesha has always been determined. She has put that determination into action in courtrooms and in her work to raise scholarship money for high school and college students, mentor young women, and provide free legal services to those in need. Kesha is active with a number of organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Cottonfields Homeowners Association, and the American Bar Association.  

Kesha is a professional problem solver, lawyer, consensus builder, and a passionate leader committed to the constructive development of our community. Never one to sit on the sideline, Kesha believes in leading by example and is ready to zealously advocate for District 8 and bring a fresh perspective and innovative solutions to Phoenix City Council.

Kesha's Priorities

On Phoenix City Council, Kesha’s priorities will center on intentional, strategic, and comprehensive approaches to:

  • Increase funding for community initiatives that support education at all ages

  • Encourage residents to serve on City boards and commissions

  • Ensure residents have a “voice” in the decision-making process of our City, by having an “open door” relationship

  • Fight to make Phoenix a more equitable city where everyone is treated fairly and safely in everyday life

  • Champion to make Phoenix a hub for higher-wage jobs, by supporting investments in and partnerships for free or low-cost educational and training/retraining opportunities for high skilled and better paying jobs

  • Support policies that further economic growth, partnership arrangements, small business and entrepreneurial assistance, and in the appropriate cases, property use, tax credits, and/or grants

  • Attract and support new businesses and corporations to Phoenix, with a reasoned balance of corporate and small business development and retention

  • Collaborate with city, community, and business leaders/organizations to ensure balanced and mutually beneficial economic and regulatory policies that support small businesses, attract jobs, and drive higher wages and opportunity for all Phoenicians

  • Advocate keeping Phoenix taxes low

  • Lobby for more amenities (such as hospitals, grocery stores, healthier restaurants) and further economic development (like new entertainment options) in District 8

  • Advocate for allocations from the upcoming bond initiatives in a manner that addresses these inequities, particularly in the historically disenfranchised and overlooked communities

  • Work to get homeless individuals and families into housing, with access to the services they need through the creation of new emergency shelter facilities with sufficient beds to address the thousands of unsheltered individuals staying on city streets or encamping in the public right of ways

  • Ensure there are specific pathways in conjunction with private/public partnerships to address the issues of homeless individuals who are severely mentally ill, dealing with substance abuse, and other circumstances that complicate the provision of services

  • Advocate for the accelerated increase of affordable and workforce housing opportunities in the city, through public/private partnerships, direct acquisitions, incentives for certain projects, and redevelopment/reimagined use of city-owned properties

  • Expand the number of housing vouchers available for low-income individuals

  • Provide assistance to residents facing foreclosure and/or evictions

  • Educate landlords and tenants about the rental assistance program and streamline the same to include direct communications with the landlord to reduce evictions

  • Support below market, workforce, multi-family, creative housing mixes (zoning changes, tiny houses, container homes, etc.) and infill housing to increase the housing supply

  • Amend Zoning Ordinance to include affordable housing incentives and the allowance of accessory dwelling units in target areas

  • Update the older infrastructure to account for the population growth and modernize some for efficiency

  • Extend the installation of cool pavement throughout the City

  • Repair the roads/streets that are in bad shape

  • Expand the existing roadway and freeway system to alleviate traffic and increase roadway safety

  • Increase features that would support more pedestrian/bicycle travel, like additional pedestrian walkways/bridges

  • Install sidewalks in all areas, where feasible, and plant trees and/or install strategic shade canopy coverage along the sidewalks to promote pedestrian mobility without reliance on a vehicle

  • Enhance amenities and offerings/activities at public parks (particularly older locations) to maximize usage and enjoyment

  • Install additional parks and open spaces to balance higher density projects

  • More consistent maintenance of the parks and allocate existing funds to expand parks/schools in the lower income communities

  • Invest in our safety services to hire and retain additional police, fire and EMTs to meet the demands of our growing city

  • Improve response time with effective and strategic presence

  • Focus on adequate staffing and retention programs and comprehensive training and preparation

  • Invest in education (such as de-escalation and nonviolent intervention) for public safety personnel to ensure that the interactions are more positive and beneficial to all involved, bridging the gap between citizens and law enforcement

  • Increase on-the-job resources such as mental health support

  • Address public safety concerns with evidence-based solutions to address root causes by meeting the basic underlying needs

  • Advocate for funding appropriate resources for community-based initiatives and services that address the underlying problems that generally lead to police interaction

  • Support avenues that foster accountability and transparency to restore community trust and strong community relationships

  • Help residents identify ways to curtail their demand and usage, by encouraging the use of low-water/indigenous plants in landscaping, pool covers to reduce evaporation, incentivizing residents to transition from flood irrigation to more conservative means when possible, providing free or low-cost water audits to users, and promoting the upgrade to low flow fixtures inside the home through partial or full grants to qualifying residents

  • Increase public awareness of the crisis and foster a sense of community and individual responsibility for addressing

  • Ensure that City facilities, parks, and public spaces efficiently use water

  • Work to address the District 8 neighborhoods dealing with toxic waste sites, contaminated groundwater, and the highest asthma rates in the state.

  • Prioritize the implementation of a comprehensive climate action and adaptation plan

  • Pursue energy efficiency and renewable energy usage throughout our city

  • Transition the City’s fleet and public transportation system away from fossil fuels

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Voter Information

Early Ballots Mailed

February 15, 2023

Election Day

March 14, 2023

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Calendar of Events

September 14, 2022 , 3:30pm

The Raven Golf Club
3636 E. Baseline Road
Phoenix AZ 85042

September 26, 2022, 6:45pm

Hanai Coffee + Beer + Wine
3648 W. Southern Avenue, Unit 148
Phoenix, AZ 85041

September 28., 2022 , 6:00pm

Candidate Forum
Garfield Historic Neighborhood
Phoenix Alwun House Foundation
1204 E Roosevelt
Phoenix, AZ 85006

October 3, 2022, 11:30am

Phoenix Community Alliance Council
Candidate Forum
Details Forthcoming

October 3, 2022, 6:00pm

Meet the City Council Candidate
South Mountain/Laveen Chamber of Commerce
Laveen Education Center
5001 W Dobbins Rd
Laveen, AZ 85339

October 8, 2022, 11:00am


2022 SRP PIC Picnic
SRP’s Event Headquarters – PERA
1 East. Continental
Tempe AZ 85281

Connecting On The Campaign Trail