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Laura Conover has served as an advocate for the Tucson community and criminal justice reform for the past 20 years. She was raised in Tucson, attended the University of Arizona, and has been volunteering for the Democratic Party and Democratic Candidates since she was a high school student. Since graduating from the University of Arizona Law School in 2005, Conover has dedicated her career to helping the Southern Arizona community by defending the poor, advocating for victims, and fighting for justice in local and federal courts.
Jeanne Casteen serves as the President of the Creighton School District’s Governing Board of Education; she was elected to by her peers on the Board after serving for 6 years and being re-elected twice to the School Board. For her commitment to excellent public schools and her advocacy on behalf of the Creighton School District in particular, Jeanne has been recognized with awards by the Arizona School Board’s Association and the Arizona School Public Relations Association. Professionally, she has spent over a decade teaching exclusively in Title 1 Middle Schools (those with lower socio-economic resources).
Julie Gunnigle is the mother of three school-aged children and a practicing attorney who also runs a part-time law office focusing on Special Education and Birth Law issues. She is running with her felony prosecution experience on a platform of sentencing reform, bond reform, ending cash bail, and eliminating private prisons. Criminal justice reform is important to Julie because it is at the core of her experience as a prosecutor in Cook County. As a local Arizonan, she wants to rid Maricopa County of the continuous corruption, rather than focusing on prosecuting low-level drug offenses like the current county attorney.
Sharon Bronson is the current Pima County Board of Supervisors representative for District 3. She was first elected in 1996 and has served 5 terms. As a County Supervisor, Sharon has worked hard to implement economic development strategies that provide high-wage job growth, reduce economic disparity, and improve regional livability. Sharon is also a strong proponent for criminal justice reform that provides equal protection under the law for all people.
As a native Tucsonan, educated through TUSD schools and the University of Arizona, Adelita is committed to improving the quality of life in Pima County. She is currently a member of the TUSD School Board and was recently elected to her 5th term. Adelita has worked with youth and their families for the last twenty-five years and has the experience and dedication to fight for the right for each child to achieve academic excellence and the opportunity to succeed.
Whitney believes everyone should have equal access and opportunity to define their American Dream. Whitney was drawn to study government and the influence it has over our lives after witnessing her mother’s activism to improve worker rights as a child. Whitney has spent her career advocating for sustainable policy solutions on behalf domestic and sexual violence survivors and their families. She has a proven record working with advocates to close systematic gaps to end cycles of violence and poverty.
Throughout her 45-year career in law and in her forty years in Coconino County, Patrice has worked with numerous community organizations that advocate for social and economic justice; economic development; open spaces; sustainability, and conservation; and has worked to maintain the quality of life here in northern Arizona. A graduate of NAU and the U of A, public service and community engagement are Patrice’s cornerstones.