In less than a month, the Globe publisher and entrepreneur has gathered at least half the petition signatures needed to get on the ballot
GLOBE, Ariz. — Since announcing her intent to run for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 8 as a clean elections candidate less than a month ago, Linda Gross, a resident of Globe and the owner and publisher of community-based newspaper Globe Miami Times, has collected at least half the signatures she needs to get on the ballot and a third of the five-dollar contributions and seed money required by clean elections.
“The response from my community, Globe-Miami, and the precincts in LD8, has been really positive,” Gross says. “I’m both humbled by and excited for the people who are in this race with me, from community members and precinct members to fellow candidates.”
As a community journalist and publisher, Gross has previously stayed out of politics. However, this past year, she felt compelled to make a change.
“After the 2016 election, I was at the Women’s March in January, the March for Our Lives in February, and I decided it was time to stand up and get in the game rather than observe and report on it,” Gross says.
“Publishing the paper has been very rewarding for me, since it has allowed me to be fully engaged with my community, but I’ve seen the values that I thought were embedded in the U.S., like rule-of-law, fact-based journalism, and the value of all voices being heard, diminish,” she adds. “Now, I want a seat at the table to hold the line on our values and ensure that all voices are heard and respected.”
Legislative District 8 stretches from San Tan Valley to Globe-Miami, and as far south as Oracle. Gross has visited with more than half the precincts in the district.
Gross has been actively involved in community issues and economic development for the last 12 years. She served as a board member of the United Fund of Globe-Miami, a fundraising organization which assists non-profits in the region, from 2013 to 2017. In 2011, she helped lead a successful grassroots effort to stop a private prison from locating in Globe.
Gross has scheduled a meet-and-greet in Mammoth on May 9. She will speak in Globe at the Retired School Employees Luncheon alongside Arizona incumbents Frank Pratt and David Cook on May 11, as well as a meet-and-greet hosted by the Democrats of Cobre Valley on May 12, appearing alongside opponent Carmen Casillas, Sharon Girard, candidate for the Arizona Senate, and Deedra Abboud for U.S. Senate.
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