Voter Voices: Valley mom wants radical changes from leaders in COVID-19 and education

Posted at 6:06 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 23:17:31-04

Elizabeth Joseph is passionate about being healthy.

"I care so much about health, I get emotional, talking about other people's health," she said.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit and she was laid off from a job in sales, she turned her long-time passion into a full-time business, Be More Clean, a colonic and nutrition spa in Scottsdale. Her focus is on vegan and holistic living and she says politics aren't really her thing.

But with the arrival of COVID-19, health and politics have collided.

Joseph says she is disappointed that leaders at every level aren't having a larger conversation about the nation's overall health in fighting and preventing COVID-19.

"How come one politician hasn't mentioned boosting immune system? How are they banning and shutting down businesses-ask us to wear a mask-but no one has mentioned vitamins or saying don't eat fast food at this time? How come that's not mentioned?" she said.

She says she's more motivated to participate in local elections rather than presidential because, "I have a better chance of having my voice actually heard."

One of the things she is hoping will be changed locally, is a loosening in mask mandates.

"We're constantly exposed to viruses. So yeah, I think if you're sick, heck yeah, sure, wear a mask. But I don't understand why we're still mandating and shutting things. I'm just confused," she said.

Joseph also worries about the future of education for her 4-year-old son.

But her concerns are less about how it is funded and more about what is being taught.

"Why aren't we teaching people how to build their own business in school? Why aren't we teaching gardening and farming? Like even woodshop is actually like kind of scoffed at a little bit. But like, that's a valuable skill," she said.

With just over a week before the election, she is still researching which way her ballot will go.