Jacob Martinez

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Jacob Martinez is currently pursuing a B.S. in Political Science and Justice Studies and Certificates in International Studies at Arizona State University. Martinez works full-time as a Commercial Corridor Manager and part-time as a Security Forces Member for the US Navy. He is on the Board of Directors for Mesa Historical Museum and Arizonans for Gun Safety and the Advisory Board for the City of Mesa Parks and Recreation [1, 6]. 

In addition, Martinez served on the Mayor’s Youth Committee, Dobson’s School Improvement Advisory Committee, Mesa Public Schools Bond and Override Committee, and the Arizona Department of Education’s School Safety Task Force [1]. He is the youngest person to run for Mesa City Council, running for the first time in 2019 at 17 years old [4].

Key Issues

Budget

Martinez supports being cost-effective and keeping administrative costs low. He wants to ensure classrooms receive adequate funding [1]. 

Curriculum

Martinez supports reducing classroom sizes and giving teachers more PLC time for quality lessons. He wants to integrate technology into the curriculum and increase “blended” learning. Lastly, he wants to build relationships with local businesses and trade schools to assist graduates [1].

Miscellaneous

Martinez supports providing training for staff and increasing awareness of mental health resources [1].

Parental Involvement

Martinez wants to ensure students and families are aware of the Mesa College Promise [1]. 

Endorsements

Latino Political Action Committee Del Rio Salado; SOS Arizona; Mesa Education Association; United Mesa Firefighters; AZLSBA 2030 Project; Jenn Duff (Mesa Vice Mayor); Francisco Heredia and David Luna (Mesa Councilmembers); Dennis Kavanaugh (Former Mesa Councilmember); Kiana Maria Sears (Mesa Public Schools Board Member); Mitzi Epstein and Melody Hernandez (Arizona State Representative); Anthony Amphonepong (CEO, AZ Asian Chamber of Commerce); Rudy Apodaca (CEO, East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce); Phil Austin (Mesa Attorney, Community Leader); Sarah James (Tempe Union Board Member); Brian Garcia (Tempe Union Board President); Stephanie Parra (Phoenix Union Board Member); Devin Del Palacio (Tolleson Unified Board Member); Lindsay Love (Chandler Unified Board Member); Nicole Leyba (Founder, We Run Mesa); Bill Pierce (Community Leader); Anita Peters (President, Mesa Historical Museum); Augie Gastelum (Founder, Patchwork Community); Diego Rodriguez (Former Arizona State Representative); Ryan Winkle (Former Mesa Councilmember); Ben Smith (Former Mesa School Board Member)

Sources

1 Martinez for Mesa Public Schools
2 Facebook
3 Twitter
4 AZ Central
5 East Valley Tribune
6 Linkedin