KINGMAN — Just because Jennifer Esposito didn’t win the election for Arizona House of Representatives in 2018 doesn’t mean she’s still not passionate about Arizona and the welfare of the people.
One June 30, Mayor Jen Miles made a proclamation mandating all people older than six to wear a mask when they enter a place of business that serves the public. She made the decision the day after Governor Doug Ducey closed bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubing operations. He also extended the start date for the upcoming school year to August 17 and prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people. Miles’ mask proclamation will be in effect today until August 1.
“There has been a diverse set of response to the proclamation,” said Miles. “I’ve had numerous people contact me with sincere gratitude. Others have expressed anger and resentment. My ask is that regardless of your position, please maintain civility as we move through an unprecedented pandemic. Our behaviors influence the outcomes and can save lives, she continued.
While some citizens support Miles, others, like Esposito, are taking matters into their own hands.
She has organized a peaceful anti-mask protest for the upcoming Independence Day holiday. She feels Ducey and Miles have usurped the power to make proper laws by issuing orders and proclamations by fiat.
“Mayor Miles and Governor Ducey are acting like power-drunk petty tyrants,” said Esposito. “They are trying to interfere with the free exchange of goods and services by consulting adults.”
“I have a good friend who is a trauma nurse,” said Esposito. “She explained to me months ago why only medical professionals should wear masks. She cautioned me about the very real health issues associated with the type of ineffective and improper mask wearing being practiced by the general public,” she continued. “After conducting my own research, I determined that it’s not appropriate or healthy for me to do so. If masks worked, then why would we need social distancing? If social distancing worked, then why would we need masks?”
Esposito said the data has clearly identified those who are truly at risk, such as people over 80 years old and those with health-related issues such as diabetes, COPD, obesity or those with a compromised immune system.
The event will take place Saturday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Locomotive Park in Kingman. She will be protesting the mask-wearing mandate and collecting signatures to recall Ducey.
“I will not be muzzled to give someone else the illusion of safety in a world where there are statistically greater dangers,” said Esposito. “Freedom’s the answer, what’s the question?”