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JoAnna Mendoza is a retired United States Marine. Use of her military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform do not imply endorsement by the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense.

Hi, I’m JoAnna!

Just a Kid from Eloy

I am native Arizonan who grew up in Eloy, Arizona. I come from a family of farmworkers and grew up in poverty. I worked in the cotton fields from a very young age, until I could legally get job at the age of sixteen. I remember standing in line at the community center to get our rations of powdered milk, canned goods, and cheese. Thank God for the community food pantry. I was the kid that started school late because my parents couldn't afford to buy school clothes and didn't own a jacket during the winter months. My siblings and I layered long sleeve shirts during the winter and would run to school, just to keep warm.

I am a living example of how public education can change the life of a kid growing up in poverty. And I am the product of government assistance programs like section-eight housing, food stamps, and Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona's Medicaid program.


At the age of seventeen, I answered the call to serve my country and joined the US Navy. I served one enlistment honorably, before, answering the call to serve again, in the United States Marine Corps. I retired from the Marine Corps finishing out a 20 year military career. I've been forward deployed to a combat environment-twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. I've made Marines and Marine Officers, as a Drill Instructor and led hundreds of Marines. I have served all of my adult life, holding a variety of roles and titles in professional military service and community settings.


I am the kid people didn't expect to make it out of the barrio because the odds were stacked against her. But I did and now I am back to make a difference in the district in which I grew up in. I have never forgotten where I came from or who I've been fighting for. Committed to changing our district in a positive way, I will not stop fighting until we have achieved unity, progress, and the future we deserve.