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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.
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.
After serving in the Arizona House of Representatives representing LD24, Lynne Pancrazi was elected to the Arizona State Senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD4. She has dedicated herself throughout her life to teaching and education. As a legislator she served to better the quality of education in the state of Arizona. In 2016 after two terms in the Senate, she ran and won for County Supervisor. As a supervisor, she has led the struggle on water issues in the Yuma basin.
Currently the chair of the Coconino Board of Supervisors for the third time, Lena Fowler has served for 12 years as a supervisor. She made history in August 2011 when she became the first Diné chairwoman of the board. She was elected again as chair in late February 2016 and then for the third time this June. Lena is a founding member of the Tuba City Concerned Citizens, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation and served as President of the Association for Indian Self-Determination in Healthcare where she helped organize healthcare contractors to implement P.L. 91-638 on the Navajo Nation. Fowler currently is working with the city of Page and the Navajo Nation on ways to diversity and revitalize the Page-Lake Powell economy.
Patty Hansen was first elected Coconino County Recorder in 2012, after serving in elections administration for 24 years in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Arizona. She has been a strong advocate for opening up the voting franchise and speaking out about the voter suppression laws in Arizona and nationwide. She has worked vigilantly against voter suppression efforts, whether on the state level (such as voter ID laws) or the national level (such as the elimination of pre-clearance rules). She is seen as a leader nationally and has been invited to serve on committees for the Election Center and the federal Election Assistance Administration.
A native of Flagstaff and fourth generation resident, Liz’s history and knowledge of Northern Arizona has been an invaluable asset to the Board and to her District residents during her six terms on the Board of Supervisors. Liz has been the leader of discussions on water issues on the state level and in Northern Arizona, where emphasizing the need for regional solutions led to the development of he the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council.
Suzanne Story is a dedicated and innovative educator who has devoted twenty years to shaping and supporting Arizona’s youth. Inside and outside of the classroom, Suzanne has always been an outspoken advocate for innovative problem-solving. In her role on the board of supervisors, Suzanne will dedicate herself to listening to her constituents and finding ways to improve Maricopa County for all its citizens. Suzanne is particularly passionate about issues facing juveniles within our criminal justice system, as well as the need for public transportation that reaches the west side of the valley. Suzanne believes that the way to achieve a better Maricopa County is through transparency, responsibility and innovative problem-solving.
Judy Begay is a lifelong resident of Coconino County and also a lifelong supporter of Democrats. Served as a public school Board Member for 16 years in Tuba City. Experience in oversight, including management and supervision of health programs; School administration; Facilities Management, including roads and infrastructure and public Housing. Graduate of NAU in Business Administration – Management. Graduate of UOP – Masters in Organizational Management. Served as adjunct faculty at DINE college teaching Business Classes. Served on several non-profit organization boards. A rancher and farmer. Native American -Speaks fluently and writes the Navajo Language.
Sarah Benatar was appointed to this office by the Board of Supervisors to fill out the term of the previously elected Treasurer and and was elected in 2016. She has been an active member of the Flagstaff community serving in leadership of the Community Information and Referral Services and the Flagstaff Housing Authority Board.
Gabriella Cázares-Kelly (she/her) is a proud, dues paying, #RedForEd public school educator, community organizer and candidate for Pima County Recorder. She is one of four women who founded Indivisible Tohono, a grassroots, community organization that provides opportunities for education and civic engagement for members of her tribe: the Tohono O’odham Nation. She is extremely politically active in Tucson and Statewide and believes in the need to infiltrate, create or transform spaces to include Indigenous voices and issues.
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.
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.
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.