Originally Published: November 9, 2017 5:53 a.m.
PRESCOTT — A retired FBI agent, Jo Craycraft of Prescott, has announced she will be running for the Arizona State Senate in Legislative District 1. Jan Manolis of Prescott, a retired information technology director, also stepped forward to run for the Arizona House in LD1.
Both women introduced themselves as candidates at the Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting in September, with intentions of formally filing for office this month.
Craycraft, an FBI agent with a law degree who also worked in counterintelligence in Los Angeles, said she felt called to run for office because she wants to represent the interests of the people of the district. As state senator she supports promoting job creation, living wages and school funding.
Craycraft started her police career in Tempe, working on the force from 1975-80, then worked as an officer in Los Altos and San Jose, California, and as a private investigator before joining the FBI as a Special Agent in 1987. She retired in 2007. Craycraft has a Law degree from Santa Clara University, and was admitted to the California BAR in 1985. She also earned an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, and a bachelor’s in psychology and criminal justice from Ball State University.
Manolis began her career in information technologies after graduation from high school and held technical and managerial positions within the Information Technology field. She spent 18 years as technical services manager, a supervisory leadership role for the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, until her retirement in 2014. While continuing to focus on her career, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business and dual master of science degrees in information technologies and business administration.
Manolis later held a position as adjunct faculty member of the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA from 1999-2006. She was a senior systems consultant for computer associates in Los Angeles from 1988-95. She also served for six years in a volunteer position as vice president, board of directors, for Solheim Lutheran Home, a continuing care retirement community. She moved to Prescott in 2014.
In addition to serving as Treasurer of Arizona Federation of Democratic Women, Manolis also serves on the Board as Secretary for Democratic Women of the Prescott Area and is a member of the Yavapai County Democratic Party. She is running to promote affordable and accessible health care, education funding, sustainable energy and water conservation.
Jan enjoys photography, cooking, hiking, playing tennis and golf. An avid dog lover, she has four standard poodles that keep her active.