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As the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Katie Hobbs has lead and continues to lead the Arizona Democratic Caucus in their tough fight against extremist legislation that harms women, children and families. As a Senator, she has passed important legislation expanding health care, protecting domestic violence victims and stopping cuts to education.
Kathy Hoffman is a dedicated educator who is committed to improving educational achievement for all of Arizona’s students. Her passion for education arrives from personal experience in a diverse array of settings including bilingual education, special education, and volunteer work.
An East Coast native residing in Sahuarita, Andrea Dalessandro has dedicated her life to civic, community, local and regional service. She was first elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives in 2012 by the voters of LD2.
Representative Sally Ann Gonzales has a long history of public service. Prior to her election to the House in 2010, she served in the state legislature from 1997-2000, and in the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council from 1992-1996.
Lisa Otondo was elected to the Senate in 2016 after serving two terms in the House of Representatives. As a second-generation Arizonan born and raised in Yuma, she comes from a large Basque family with deep farming roots.
Arizona Native Jamescita Mae Peshlakai was first elected to the state legislature in 2012. A combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Jamescita served in the US Army for 8 years.
Victoria Steele is an award-winning, accomplished motivational speaker, teacher, and trainer. For 25 years she was a radio and television journalist, and is a is a twice-elected former Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, serving from 2013 – 2016.
Lela Alston has represented central and east Phoenix, and south Scottsdale in the legislature since 2011. She strongly believes in public education and she credits Arizona’s kindergarten through university educational system for making the difference in her ability to help others.
Representative Rebecca Rios was elected to represent LD27 in 2014, and currently serves as the House Democratic Leader. She has a long personal and family history of public service.
Rosanna Gabaldón was elected to the State House in 2012. In her first two sessions at the legislature she has worked to ensure that Southern Arizona’s interests were heard.
Alma Hernandez was born and raised on the south side of Tucson, and is a proud product of Sunnyside Unified schools. She is an outspoken activist who has worked a variety of issues, from education to women’s rights, criminal justice reform and health care.
Dr. Geraldine Peten was appointed to representative Legislative District 4 in August 2017. She is an educator and administrator with over 20 years of experience leading and improving primary and secondary schools in Arizona.
State Representative Charlene Fernandez is the Democratic Whip of the Arizona House of Representatives from the 4th Legislative District. She was first elected to the state House in 2014. Charlene has been making her mark on Arizona politics for more than 25 years.
Pamela Powers Hannley was elected to the Arizona House in 2016. A mother of 2, small business owner, nonprofit founder and proud progressive Democrat, Pamela has called Tucson home since 1981.
A first term state representative, Kirsten Engel arrived at the legislature in 2017 as a strong advocate for funding public schools, expanding career and technical education, reducing college debt, and investing in clean energy.
Jennifer Pawlik is a native Arizonan who’s served for 17 years as an educator in public elementary schools. It was during her time as a classroom teacher that she realized that if positive change was going to happen in Arizona’s public education system, she would have to quit complaining, get involved and fight for it.
Jennifer Jermaine is a small business consultant and co-founder of Stronger Together Arizona, a nonprofit promoting progressive change in Arizona in the areas of civil rights, quality education, affordable healthcare and environmental protection.
Mitzi Epstein was elected to the State House in 2016. A computer systems analyst and small business owner, she is focused on listening to her community and working collaboratively to improve the quality of life for Arizonans. Mitzi’s legislative priorities includes protecting public education and growing the innovation economy.
In 2004, Jen Longdon was paralyzed in a random drive-by shooting, changing the trajectory of her life overnight. Before the shooting, Jen was a successful businesswoman and provider to her family. As LD 24’s representative in the State House, Jen will fight back against extremist policies and fight for our community.
Representative Isela Blanc is a community organizer with over 15 years of experience advocating for children and families. She is running for re-election to the State House so that she can continue working on behalf of the children and families of LD 26.
State Representative Athena Salman was elected to the House in 2016, and is recognized as a progressive leader fighting for the full spectrum of human rights and a free society. A native Arizonan, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with degrees in Economics and Political Science in 2011.
A first-term State Representative and native Arizonan, Kelli Butler has deep roots in their North Central Phoenix community. As a mother and long-time volunteer at her children’s public schools, Kelli has dedicated herself to making her community a better place for children and families.
Raquel Terán is a mother, wife, community organizer and lifelong Arizonan. For the last twelve years she has been a vocal and active community advocate.
Heather Macre came to Arizona in 2008, and immersed herself in both the local political scene and in conservation efforts. Heather was elected to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board in 2014.
Jennifer Martin is a life-long Arizonan. She currently serves as a water expert for the Sierra Club and works on water quality, flow and depth to groundwater monitoring and habitat restoration around the state as well as policy analysis and advocacy.
Phoenix native Laura Pastor is a fifth-generation Arizonan who graduated from St. Mary’s High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Arizona State University. Laura is a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Board, where she has been a strong advocate for strategic planning for the District.
Adelita Grijalva is a Tucson native and Pueblo High School alumni. She was the youngest woman ever elected to the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, and is currently serving her fourth term.
Corina Madruga was elected to the Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board in 2014, and is in her second year of service as Board President. She’s earned two degrees in business administration, and is an alumni of the Valle del Sol Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Katie Paetz currently serves the Osborn Board as its President. An experienced teacher, for 12 years she’s worked in Arizona schools. In that time she’s been a staunch advocate for student growth and excellence in our public schools.
Stephanie Parra is an experienced educator committed to improving public schools in Arizona. She is a first generation American citizen, born and raised in Yuma, and is a product of Arizona public schools.
Leila Counts is a dedicated educator, small business owner, TUSD parent, and the descendant of a long line of Arizona educators. She’s a passionate advocate for educational equity, inclusion, diversity and equal access to an excellent public education for all.
Lindsay Love is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Dedicated to social justice issues, she works closely with teens and adults who have experience trauma, and endeavors to create safe spaces for marginalized voices.
Naketa Ross is a long-time advocate for the wellness of Arizona families and children. She will use her education and advocacy experience to ensure every student at Phoenix Union High Schools is given the opportunities they need to reach their potential.
Elora Diaz is an Arizona native and a first-generation college graduate who is dedicated to serving her community. She is committed to ensuring that every child, regardless of where they come from, has the opportunity to choose their own future.
Consuelo Hernandez is a proud graduate of the Sunnyside School District, and is proud to call the Sunnyside community her home.
Fern Ward has been a proud Laveen resident since 1982, and is committed to making her community the best it can be.
Mayor Evans believes in a balanced approach to the stewardship of community resources and is passionate about creating opportunities that allow for civic engagement, civil discourse, community revitalization and genuine sustainability and advancement for Flagstaff citizens.
Ginny Dickey is bringing her decades of local experience including two terms as a Councilwoman and FHUSD Board Member to the office of Fountain Hills Mayor.
Jen Duff is a Mesa native and a longtime leader in the Mesa community. As a City Council Member Jen will represent the voices and values of District 4.
Joyce Jones-Ivey is a retired nurse who proudly served patients for 42 years. She is running for the Oro Valley Town Council to keep the town community oriented, fiscally sound, and environmentally and financially sustainable.
Alexis Hermosillo is a proud fourth-generation resident of the City of El Mirage. Alexis currently works for a public transportation company in the Maricopa county area, and previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a district representative for Congressman Raúl Grijalva.
In 1996 Solange Whitehead came to Scottsdale, intended to stay for “just six months”, fell in love and never left. She is running for Scottsdale City Council to preserve the charm and quality of life of her community.
Janice Hudson first visited Sedona fifteen years ago and knew it was where she was meant to be. Since moving to Sedona with her husband and their dog, Duffy, she has become an active community member.
City Councilmember Karen Watts is a Yuma native, born and raised, who’s family presence in the Yuma community dates back to the 1800’s. She has had the privilege to raise a family of her own here while having the opportunity to play an active role in serving her community.
Councilmember Leslie McClendon was born and raised right here in Yuma. She has been married to Bob McClendon Jr for 32 years and has raised four very talented children and is now getting to enjoy her eleven grandchildren.
Sharon Bronson, was first elected to office in November 1996. She represents District 3, a sprawling district of 7,403 square miles that includes all of western Pima County and shares more than 130 miles of international border with Mexico.
Wenona Benally is a Harvard Law School graduate with a master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Master’s of Law from the James E. Rogers College of Law
Pat Dennis is the former Mayor of Peoria who moved to Avondale in 2010. She served on the Peoria City Council for 16 years, four of them as Mayor until she moved to Avondale in 2010. She is serving as Chair of the Avondale Parks and Recs Commission and is on the Library Advisory Board and the Municipal Arts Commission.
Susan Benjamin has spent her career of 31 years in public education, as a teacher, principal and the Director of Special Education. She is the proud mother of 2 sons and grandmother of 2 granddaughters. She knows the best outcome for our students requires highly qualified teachers, a commitment to the needs of each child and strong ties to families and community.
Ann brings her experience representing schools while at the Cochise County Attorney’s office and her values and objectivity on critical issues as the first woman to be elected to the Superior Court Bench in Cochise County.
Beki Quintero is running for re-election to the Sunnyside Unified School Board. She is a lifetime resident of the Sunnyside community and a graduate of Sunnyside High School.
Monica Gallardo Pimentel knows that school board races impact our children, their well being and their future every day. She is running for school board to ensure the students, teachers and families of Glendale Elementary School District have a true voice on the school board.
Ylenia Aguilar is a candidate for the Osborn School District Governing Board.
Formerly an English teacher, Barbara LaWall moved steadily up the ladder until 24 years later, she had the office’s top job — Pima County attorney — the first woman elected to hold that position.
F. Ann was reelected for her sixth term as Recorder in 2012. In 2002 she received two Special Recognition Awards. In 2004, Rodriguez received the Arizona Democratic Party’s second place “Democrat of the Year” award. Rodriguez has given her time to the community by being a part of several boards, such as Kids Voting and Parent Aid Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Kristel Foster was the highest voter getter in the Tucson Unified School District’s Governing Board race, in an eleven candidate field, and was elected as a first-time candidate in 2012.
Patty Hansen was elected Coconino County Recorder in 2012, after serving in elections administration for 24 years. She began her election administration career in 1987 when she was appointed to be the Deputy Election Commissioner for Lancaster County, Nebraska. In 1991 she was appointed by the Governor to be the Lancaster County Election Commissioner and she served until 1999.
A native of Flagstaff and fourth generation resident, Liz Archuleta’s history and knowledge of Northern Arizona has been an invaluable asset to the Board and to her District residents during her five terms on the Board of Supervisors.
Sarah Benatar was appointed to this office by the Board of Supervisors to fill out the term of the previously elected Treasurer and is running for her first full term in office. 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.
As a Tempe Union Alumna, Berdetta Hodge, serving as the president of multiple parent-teacher organizations, as a financial committee member for the Tempe Union High School District and the Tempe Elementary School District, Berdetta knows her district.
A product of Arizona’s public schools, Lynné Almy has taught in the Maryvale schools working every day to ensure that the students in her classroom are successful.
Monica Trejo is a native Arizonan. She attended Arizona State University, joined Teach for America-Phoenix and taught special education in Tolleson.
Jamie Whelan is a professor of education and a leader in the LGBT community at Northern Arizona University.
Alexandra Arboleda has dedicated her career to solving Arizona’s water and natural resource challenges. The depth and breadth of her experience as a water attorney give her a unique and diverse understanding of the issues related to management of Arizona’s Colorado River supplies.
Shirley Scott was elected to the City Council in 1995. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Pima Council on Aging, Pima Prevention Partnership, and on the Advisory Committee for Tucson Clean and Beautiful.
Regina Romero was elected to serve on Tucson City Council in 2007, representing Ward 1. Romero was the first Latina woman elected to City Council, and the first woman to represent to Ward 1.
Senator Cajero Bedford was re-elected to the Arizona state senate by voters in the new LD3. Before having the opportunity to serve Tucsonans at the state level, Senator Cajero Bedford was a business owner and a director of sales and marketing for the tourism/hotel industry. Understanding the importance of public service, Senator Cajero Bedford became the second generation in her family to represent southern Arizonans at the state Capitol.
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 received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education. Pancrazi has dedicated herself throughout her life to teaching and education.
Determined to get everything she could out of life, Stefanie graduated from college in four years with a double major. After the events of September 11th, she dedicated a year of service to our country with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps).
Barbara grew up in the Copper Corridor, gained hard working values in a multi-ethnic mining community. As she raised her family in the same town she grew up in, she opened a travel agency and worked as the Salvation Army Extension Unit Director for the Copper Corridor and surrounding area.
Debbie attended R. E. Simpson in the Alhambra Elementary School District and Orangewood Elementary School in the Washington Elementary School District. During her years at Washington High School she was involved in a variety of activities at both school and church. She became involved in Student Council during her Junior and Senior year, graduating in 1969.
As a South Phoenix native, I believe that our community should expect more. High expectations from my family, teachers, and friends were critical to my educational and professional success, helping me be the first in my family to complete a Master’s of Education. With over 11 years experience in Higher Education, I have had the privilege of working with students from working class communities like ours
Angela’s commitment to revitalizing the Arizona economy, raising our education standards and increasing access to affordable healthcare are why she is running for Sedona City Council.
Tempe has been Lauren’s home for more than 25 years. It is a city that may be considered part of the “Greater Phoenix metro area,” but those who live there know that Tempe is special: an urban community with the feel of a small town.
Councilmember Celia Barotz was elected to the Flagstaff City Council for a four-year term in May 2010 and served as Vice Mayor from 2010 to 2012.
Flagstaff City Council – Flagstaff became Eva’s home in 2000. With an academic background in economics and marketing, she started her professional career first working for Southwest Windpower and later for Northern Arizona University.
Karin Uhlich serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Economic Integrity, a non-profit research and advocacy organization. Prior to moving to Tucson, Uhlich served as Congressional Aide to U.S. Representative Howard Wolpe and Executive Director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan.
Senator Linda Lopez was re-elected to a second term in the Arizona state senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD2. She was subsequently chosen by her peers to serve as assistant minority leader. After living in Indiana and California as a child, Linda earned her BA in Women’s Studies and an MA in History from the University of Arizona.
Nancy Young Wright was elected in 2008 to represent District 26 of Arizona. She is a strong advocate for education, environment, arts, and humane treatment of animals. Young Wright has served on the Amphitheater Unified School District Board, and became president in 2004.
Councilmember Karla Brewster was elected to a four year term on the Flagstaff City Council in May 2008 and re-elected in May 2012. A native of Oregon, Karla lived most of her life in the Phoenix area until moving to Flagstaff in 1998 where she enjoys working with people and diversity. She earned degrees from Arizona State University, B.A. in Education, and University of Northern Colorado, M.A. in Education.
Christine Rhodes has been serving the citizens of Cochise County as County Recorder for 38 years. In 2012 she was re-elected for another term.
Sylvia Lee, PhD, proud graduate of Pima Community College (PCC) and former PCC Campus President, was elected in 2012 to the Pima College Board from District 3. After obtaining her Associate degree from PCC, Sylvia transferred to the University of Arizona where she earned a Baccalaureate degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Counseling.
In November 2010 Kyrsten Sinema was elected to District 15 State Senate. She sits on the Senate Appropriations, Rules, Judiciary and Government Reform Committee. Prior to her election see served three terms in the House of Representatives. Sinema is an alumna of Arizona State University.
Leah Landrum Taylor was re-elected to the Arizona state senate in 2012 where she was chosen by her peers to serve as the minority leader. She serves on K-12 Education, Natural Resources and Rural Affairs and the Public Safety and Human Resources Committee. Taylor attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and received her Bachelor’s and Master degree in Political Science at Arizona State University.
A graduate from Tucson High School, Paula earned her BA in English from the University of Arizona. A strong advocate of the Democratic Party, Paula worked to build up the Democratic Party in Tucson and Pima County.
Sara Presler was elected Mayor of Flagstaff in 2008, and was re-elected in 2010. Presler received her Bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in English from Northern Arizona University. After earning her Law degree from Michigan State University, she returned back to Flagstaff to serve as a public defense attorney.
Beth Brizel was elected to the Kyrene School Board in 2010 and will serve until 2014. She plays a critical role in the formulation and approval of policies that guide the operation of the school district.
Sharon Wolcott represents Council District 1 in Surprise Arizona. Wolcott received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Education from Indiana University. Before moving to Arizona, Wolcott represented District 57 in Minnesota in state house and Senate.
Meg Burton Cahill is a ceramic studio artist, a community activist, and the proud mother of a son who is a Navy SEAL. She graduated from Arizona State University obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and a Master Degree in Public Administration.
Amanda Aguirre has been involved for more than 25 years in public health education and administration with a strong emphasis in U.S.-Mexico border health issues and has lived in Yuma for the past 23 years. She possesses a life-long commitment to education since she was raised by parents who were both elementary school teachers.
A resident of Sierra Vista, Pat has decades of public service on her resume. Pat’s decades of experience as a budget and manpower analyst have prepared her well to ensure that the state has a balanced budget while protecting families and education. She is focused on getting real results from government programs.
A Tempe native and graduate of Tempe Union High School, Martha has gravitated to community issues. In 2003, Martha decided to run for and won a seat at the House of Representatives for District 13, where she has lived since 1971.
Rae Waters served District 20 in House of Representatives of Arizona. Waters graduated from northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. Rae was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey; she has lived in Arizona for 42 years and graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Janet Napolitano was elected Arizona’s 21st governor in 2002. During her administration she focused on education, economy, and the environment. Prior to this election Napolitano was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as U.S Attorney for District of Arizona. She was later elected to be attorney general for Arizona, and became the first woman to hold this position. Napolitano resigned from office in 2009 to accept the appointment as U.S Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Jackie Thrasher was elected to Arizona House of Representative for District 10 in 2007. At this time she was awarded Legislative Partner Award from the Arizona Business and Education Coalition. Thrasher her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, and went on to teach in the Phoenix area.
Lena Saradnik was elected to Arizona House of Representatives in 2006. In 2004 Saradnick was elected to Democratic Precinct Committee person. Prior to her involvement as a Legislator, Saradnick was a former University of Arizona Director of Special Projects-CHIP/Program in Integrative Medicine, International Tourism Marketing.
A retired farmer/rancher, Marsha received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwest Missouri State University (With Honors), a Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University (With Distinction), and has completed some Graduate work toward a second Master’s degree in Political Science at ASU.
Theresa Ulmer was elected as Arizona State House Representative in 2007 for District 24. Originally from Nebraska, Ulmer’s childhood instilled in her the importance of community. She is also an active member of the Yuma County Democratic Party, and the Precinct Committee for the County and State party.
Kirkpatrick was born and raised on an Apache Indian reservation near McNary, Arizona. She is a graduate of Blue Ridge High School, the University of Arizona, and the University of Arizona College of Law. In 1980 she became Coconino County’s first woman deputy county attorney, and she later served as city attorney for Sedona.