WATCH Juan Padres, Candidate for Pima Supervisor, District 3

Juan Padres

In this Zoom broadcast by Democrats of Greater Tucson on May 4, 2020, Juan Padres discusses poverty in Pima County, quality early childhood education, workforce development, economic development, and protecting our most vulnerable.

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Juan Francisco Padrés is a native of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Juan came to Tucson in 1999 to attend the University of Arizona where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and later his Master’s of Business of Administration at the UA’s Eller College of Management. Juan has experience working in the private sector in two Fortune 100 companies, as a Business Owner and Entrepreneur, and in city government as an Economic Development and International Trade Specialist.

Most recently Juan worked as the Public Affairs and Business Development Manager for TuSimple, a technology company that specializes in artificial intelligence and autonomous trucking.

Currently, Juan is back at work as an entrepreneur and small business owner. He runs a trucking company that specializes in “Hot Shot” services between Tucson and Mexico, primarily for the maquiladora industry as well as local courier services. Juan is also currently in the business of importing and distributing craft beer from Mexico.

Juan is a very active member of the community. He currently serves as President of the non-profit Tucson-Mexico Sister Cities Association, and serves as a Commissioner in the Pima County Small Business Commission. Juan has also served on the Pima County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Southern Arizona Logistics Education Organization (SALEO), Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC), and the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Emerging Leader’s Council (ELC). Juan is a Flinn-Brown Fellow and was a 40 under 40 honoree in 2016. Juan is married to his wife Maria Paloma, and has two daughters, Paloma and Rebeca, and a beagle named Bruno.

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  1. I want to thank you for making this available to those that do not do ZOOM. It is fabulous to be able to have access to it. Thank you. BTW I never heard of Mr. Padres but i was very impressed by his presentation, so thank you!

    • Sanda, Zoom is not the safest mode of virtual reality right now. Some of us were on an LD 9 town hall zoom event last week, and a criminal posted obscene porn images on it, which traumatized, disgusted us. So now I’m hesitant to go back on a Zoom open meeting. Most have strict passcodes, but not all of them. The FBI were contacted and maybe they will be able to find out who that criminal was from his/her computer terminal.

      • Exactly that’s why I refuse to use ZOOM. You know I am afraid of them taking over my computer and asking for ransome. But I am so grateful that this is available so we can still have access to what candidates are saying. I never heard of this guy, but I liked so much how prepared he was and what he had to say! So, THANK YOU!

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