Tolleson Mayor Adolfo Gámez and Legislative Representative Mark Cardenas recently visited with fifth and sixth-grade student council members at Arizona Desert Elementary School.
Gámez, mayor for 16 years, asked each council member what they would like to be when they grow up. Gámez told the students what it was like growing up for him working in the fields with his family. The mayor encouraged students to “open” their eyes and know when someone is opening a door for us. “I was lucky enough to see that one of my teachers opened a door for me so I took that opportunity,” states Gámez.
Cardenas shared his experiences in the Arizona Legislature. Student council members learned the process of making a bill and signing it into
law. They learned what a law is. Council members introduced the bill, made amendments to the bill and then each person voted on the bill. Votes were counted and the bill was signed into law. Before becoming a member of the State House of Representatives, Cardenas served his country in the Army. He attended UCLA.