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Leadership for a Better Mesa


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Mesa’s Values Build Community

Restorative Justice

Community Focused Solutions
Builds Accountability to Community
Reduces Repeat Offenses

Civic Education

Empowered Citizens
Trust-Based Community Justice
Reduce Fear of Justice System

Public Service

Partnership with Communities
Serving Community Interests
Direct Community Engagement

“Building a better Mesa starts with building trust and safe neighborhoods through education, public service, and community focused restorative justice.”

Leadership for a Better Mesa

Public Accountability

As a public servant, the Justice of the Peace must be accountable to the public after taking office. This requires regular community engagement, openness to criticism, and willingness to change policy and procedure to accommodate community needs.

Restorative Sentencing

Our justice system does not serve our community. It must emphasize victim restoration and accountability focused interventions.

Community Justice

“Justice” is nothing more than a slogan if our approach to justice does more harm than good. Achieving just outcomes demands consideration of the broader impact interventions have on communities.

Informed Communities

The Justice of the Peace must be an ally to the communities the office serves. To achieve this, an effort must be made to inform communities of the role of Justice of the peace in promoting public safety and community interests. 

About Elaissia

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Elaissia Sears is an Arizona native and a proud product of Mesa Public Schools. She is an active member of her community, having served as a mentor to international students, the Youth & Education Assistant for Phoenix Sister Cities, and as staff at the Arizona House of Representatives. She is a global professional who has had the privilege of representing Arizona as a student ambassador through Congress to Germany, and was later selected for an internship with the U.S. State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

She graduated from Arizona State University, and has a B.A. in Global Studies, a minor in German, and certificates in Political Entrepreneurship, Women and Gender Studies, and International Relations. As a strong advocate for education, Elaissia taught English in rural communities in the Dominican Republic and South Korea, and now works as an assistant 4th grade teacher. She also is a social entrepreneur and non-profit founder who focuses on issues of food insecurity and lack of education funding. In the future, she aspires to work in youth incarceration.

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