My name is Betty Guardado and I’m proud to represent you on the Phoenix City Council.
I grew up in a working class family. My father worked as a butcher until I was 11 years old, when he had an accident that left him disabled. At that time, my mother went to work cleaning houses and I took care of the household – cooking, cleaning, and caring for my two younger brothers.
While working as a housekeeper at a hotel, I became involved in the hospitality workers union there. I quickly began helping organize my fellow workers to fight for our priorities. After much success as an organizer, I moved to Maryvale in 2007 and became the director of organizing for my local union. As the director in Phoenix, I conducted campaigns and negotiated contracts for thousands of hotel and food-service workers around Maricopa County. I also helped lead successful independent voter turnout campaigns to elect several Phoenix City Council members – developing young leaders and empowering our youth.
While I am proud of the career I built outside of public service, it has been the honor of my lifetime to transition to my new role as a Phoenix City Councilwoman. Since taking office we have taken a team Phoenix approach to governing. With collaboration between our neighborhood leaders, stakeholders, and our local government we have been able to build a vision for District 5.
In just the first year we have focused on strengthening communities, beautification of our neighborhoods, economic investment, and raising the standard of living for our working class families. Additionally, we have worked hard to build bridges with our school districts to create educational opportunities at all levels. I recognize that talk is cheap though and what matters most is our actions, which is why I have joined and am active on more City Council committees than any other Councilmember – Public Safety & Justice, Land Use & Livability, Transportation, Infrastructure, & Innovation, and I am the Co-Chair of the Latino Cultural Center. Each one of these Committees oversees the issues that are most critical to my District and I am working everyday to bring more results home for all of us.
My husband and I have lived in the Maryvale part of the district for the last twelve years – where we are raising our two children. It would be my honor to continue to serve you on the council – fighting for the opportunities and resources needed for a thriving West Phoenix.