Jess moved to Manchester in 2002 to study a Bachelors Degree in Photography at The University of Manchester. After her graduation, she worked for a number of local organisations as a support worker for people with mental health issues; particularly focusing on helping them to develop confidence and skills using media and photography.
When her son was born, she took time out to be a full time parent and, simultaneously, to help support her mother who was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia.
Jess currently lives on the border of Whalley Range and Old Trafford with her partner, son and step-son; having lived and worked in Whalley Range and Fallowfield for several years before having to move out of the area to find affordable and suitable accommodation when her son was born.
Now, Jess balances her caring responsibilities with running a small business selling plants, homewares and gifts, as well as campaigning on a range of local issues based on her own experiences and those of her family and community.
As a renter, Jess knows from personal experience the problems of high rents, bad landlords and short term tenancies, coupled with inadequate controls and checks from the local council.
As passionate campaigner for the NHS based on her own experiences; Jess knows how important our public services are to the welfare of Manchester residents and campaigns hard to give doctors, nurses and health workers what they need to do their jobs.
As a small business owner, Jess is concerned by the numerous challenges facing other small businesses. She is opposed to planned business rate rises and will fight for small traders and Manchester's local economy.
For the past 9 years, Jess has had an allotment in East Manchester where she has worked hard to secure funding for the site and help maintain this key resource for the local community.
She was also previously heavily involved in the Anti Fracking movement at Barton Moss which encouraged her to join the Green Party and become an active member. Jess stood in the 2015 general election representing The Green Party in Wythenshawe and Sale East.
Jess can be a real voice for Manchester and a vote for Jess Mayo is a vote against the status quo.
Only Jess is against the Tory cuts and will oppose a dangerous Tory Brexit.