PAID FOR BY CLARK 2020

APPROVED BY CLARK 2020

MEET JOYCE CLARK - YUCCA DISTRICT

CAREER

Joyce was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a dual B.A. in U.S. History and English. Upon graduation she worked for the Department of the Army in Germany. After returning to the United States she taught high school U.S. History, was marketing manager for a local aviation firm, and owned and operated a local book store. She spent 20 years as a professional potter and during a portion of those years was President of the CLAY organization. She co-founded the Craftsmen’s Gallery located at Heritage Square in Phoenix.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

She is a past board member of the Maricopa Association of Government’s Open Spaces Committee, the National League of Cities Public Safety Policy Committee, the Luke Air Force Base Restoration Advisory Board, the Back to School Clothing Drive Association, Theater Works and Westgate Kiwanis.

LONG TIME GLENDALE RESIDENT

Joyce and her husband have lived in Glendale for over 50 years. They raised a family in Glendale and their children attended William C. Jack and Mensendick schools. All of their children have either retired or still have careers in public service in law enforcement, fire fighting and oncological nursing.

CITY COUNCIL

In 1990 the city instead of electing councilmembers city-wide adopted the district system and in 1992 Joyce was elected as the first councilmember to represent the Yucca district. She served in that capacity until 1996 when her Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. For the next four years Joyce rearranged the family’s lives as all moved into a new home so that she could care for her parents until they passed.

CITY COUNCIL

In 1990 the city instead of electing councilmembers city-wide adopted the district system and in 1992 Joyce was elected as the first councilmember to represent the Yucca district. She served in that capacity until 1996 when her Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. For the next four years Joyce rearranged the family’s lives as all moved into a new home so that she could care for her parents until they passed.

CURRENT SERVICE

Joyce’s current service on city council has resulted in the opening of a West Branch library at Heroes Park located at 83rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. With city council approval Joyce initiated and chairs the Council Subcommittee on Business. Its mission is to make Glendale even more business friendly. Joyce is currently serving on the Council Government Services Committee and the Council Code Review Committee. For 2019 she was elected by her fellow councilmembers to serve as Vice Mayor.

ACCESSIBILITY

Joyce’s council career has always had as a priority solving constituent complaints and concerns. She insures that she is readily accessible to all by publishing her home and cell phone numbers as well as her personal and city email addresses.

FUTURE GOALS

Joyce considers her service as the Yucca district councilmember a privilege and an honor. She is grateful for the trust of the voters of the Yucca district. Her future focus continues to be to secure the completion of Glendale’s Heroes Community Park. She would like to see the Recreation and Aquatics Center constructed and the water feature installed. She continues to pursue ways to reduce the cost of local government while increasing revenue streams in the interest of every taxpayer and to see more job creation for Glendale’s residents.

BLOG WRITING

In the election of 2012 Joyce was defeated and began blogging in 2013 about issues in Glendale. To this day she still maintains her blog, www.joyceclarkunfiltered.com. She has had nearly half a million visits to her blog.  In 2016 Joyce ran against the incumbent councilmember and retook her seat as the Yucca district councilmember where she serves to this day.

HOBBY

Joyce and her husband have a large Koi pond and spend hours lovingly tending to the fish and their environment. They spend many hours on their patio enjoying watching the antics of the wonderfully colored Koi fish.

WRITE-IN CANDIDATE

In 2000 Joyce was late in making a decision to run again and ran as a write-in candidate against the incumbent and won. She is the only write-in candidate in the state to have beaten an incumbent councilmember. Joyce then won reelection in 2004 and 2008.