A former Phoenix city councilwoman passed away on Saturday at the age of 39.
In a statement Monday afternoon, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said, "Jessica Florez cared passionately about our city, having served in dozens of leadership roles, the most important one being her public service as a District 4 city councilwoman in 2003."
Stanton said Florez also was a key strategist on all three of his campaigns for city council in 2000, 2001 and 2005.
"Jessica Lynn Florez, 39 of Phoenix passed away Saturday, June 1st. Jessica was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico on July 1st, 1973. Jessica was vivacious, visionary, enterprising and full of life. Jessica moved to Phoenix in 1995 after attending Westminster College on a soccer scholarship. Accomplishments and experiences included, Aide to Mayor Skip Rimsza, City of Phoenix Mayor's Office, Community Relation's Coordinator for the Phoenix Suns, Managing Partner of Grupo N Advertising, District 4 Phoenix City Councilwoman, and Publisher of "AZ Taste Magazine." Jessica was a Valley Leadership Class XXI graduate, a Hispanic Leadership graduate, Adelante Hispanic Leadership advisory board member, Phoenix Suns "Night Hoops" board member, Phoenix Fire Department PAL board member, Charter 100 member, and an active advocate and a consultant to the Maricopa Community College's Achieving A College Education (ACE) program. In the year 2000, she earned her MPA from Arizona State University. She is survived by her mother, Ernestine Mora, of Albuquerque, her father, Joe Florez of Carlsbad, and siblings John and Cindy Florez of Albuquerque, Joseph A. Florez Jr. and Irma Florez-Meyers also from Carlsbad.. She is also survived by her beloved weimaraner, JADE. The Florez family would like to thank Michael Lieb and family, Ronnie & Angie Lopez and family, Greg and Nicole Stanton, Pat Cantelme, Michelle Angle, Elissa Mullany, Enrique Lopez-Lira and Sherrie Murphy. Services will be held on Wednesday, June 5th at Mountain Preserve Reception Center, 1431 East Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, 85020 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Jessica Florez "ACE" Scholarship Fund, 2419 West 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281, or Westminster College Women's Soccer. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary."
"Jessica's life ended way too early, but we will never forget her or her passion for Phoenix," Stanton said.
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