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Dr. Peten, with 30+ years of experience in education, rising from teacher to superintendent to construction supervisor to consultant, is helping to address Arizona’s educational crisis. Her top priorities are education, access to health care, a safe and clean environment, living wage jobs, and affordable housing; and reducing mass incarceration so that Arizona is number one in Education not Incarceration.
Charlene Fernandez is the Democratic Minority Leader in the Arizona House of Representatives from the 4th Legislative District. She was first elected to the State House in 2014 and has been making her mark on Arizona politics for more than 25 years. Charlene is known as a leader on education policy, and in 2016 was named Legislator of Year by the Arizona Parent Teacher Association. She has also been an ardent foe to the private prison system in the state supported by Governor Doug Ducey. She has challenged the governor’s staff from her seat on the Appropriations Committee to justify the need to provide more prison beds.
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.
Prior to being elected to the Arizona house in November 2016, Pamela Powers Hannley, MPH had a long career in public health, health promotion, behavioral research, and communications. Most recently, she was the managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, one of the world’s most influential internal medicine journals. In the Arizona House, Powers Hannley is the ranking Democrat on the House Regulatory Affairs Committee and also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee and Ways and Means Committee.
Representative 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. Raquel mobilized Arizonans to rally against the injustices faced at the hands of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and SB1070 author Russell Pearce – resulting in Pierce’s recall and Arpaio’s re-election defeat. She currently serves for Legislative District 30.
Mitzi Epstein was elected to the State House in 2016 and re-elected in 2018, 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. Prior to running for the legislature, Mitzi spent years working at the community and state levels to promote strong schools, youth sports programs, entrepreneurial opportunities, and the arts. She was elected to the Kyrene Elementary School District Governing Board in 2004, and worked successfully with education professionals to improve transparency of operations, while always keeping the focus on student achievement
Growing up in a multiracial family in Arizona, state Rep. Athena Salman developed a deep appreciation for our country’s rich diversity. Her maternal grandparents came from Mexico and Germany because they believe in America’s promise. Her father came from Palestine because he believed in our nation’s potential. Her mother ingrained in her that anything worth having was going to have to be fought for. Rep. Salman’s humble beginnings has led to her reputation of tirelessly working to advance the rights of frontline communities in powerful institutions.
In 2004, Jen Longdon was paralyzed in a random drive-by shooting, changing the trajectory of her life overnight. But in the face of such adversity, Jen triumphed. For 14 years Jen has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and improve the lives of people with disabilities. As LD 24’s representative in the State House, Jen has fought back against extremist policies and fought for our community through investment in education, attracting quality jobs and promoting the health and safety of all Arizonans.
Stephanie Stahl Hamilton is an Arizonan, born in Flagstaff and spending her early childhood years on Navajo Tribal Lands. After completing her Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, Stephanie and her husband Derek made Tucson their home. Most recently, Stephanie was the Regional Lead for Save Our Schools working to successfully defeat the voucher expansion that was signed into law in 2017.
Sharon Girard has spent over thirty years as a Physician Assistant, working with Planned Parenthood, rural and migrant health clinics, and emergency departments. As a State Representative, Sharon will prioritize healthcare for all, high quality public education, and equal rights for Arizonans. A proud advocate for public schools, Sharon will work to increase teacher pay and school funding, and will fight for policies that will grow jobs in LD 8 and across Arizona.
Judy Schwiebert, candidate for Arizona State House-District 20, grew up in Arizona and has spent her life serving our community as a teacher, mom and community leader. Her focus is to restore public education funding so that every child gets the quality education they deserve, ensure quality affordable health care solutions, and build a strong economy so that all Arizona families and businesses can thrive.
Jennifer Jermaine is the current State Representative from Arizona’s Legislative District 18: Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, and Ahwatukee. Jennifer is the Chairwoman for the statewide taskforce investigating missing and murdered Indigenous people and sits on the Government, Elections, and Military and Veteran’s Affairs committees.
Jennifer Pawlik was elected as a State Representative in November of 2018; she is the first woman, and the first Democrat to ever be elected to this seat in Legislative District 17. She is a member of both the House Education and House Judiciary committees. As a career educator, Representative Pawlik’s focus is on educational issues that impact students from preschool through university.
Mayor Coral Evans is a social non-profit and public policy entrepreneur who believes in the concept of thrive-ability as it relates to individuals, neighborhoods and communities. She has over 25 years of extensive, applied experience and knowledge in the design, development, implementation, management, assessment and evaluation of initiatives and programs crafted to assist diverse populations experiencing the systemic effects of poverty. First elected to office 2008, Mayor Evans served two terms (eight years) as a Councilmember prior to her election as Mayor of the City of Flagstaff in 2016. She was re-elected Mayor in 2018.
Andrea Dalessandro has taught elementary, high school, community college and university for over 25 years and is a retired CPA. Since 2008 she has run for the legislature to fight the systemic defunding of public education. She serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Education (K-12) Committee. You can learn more about her on her website here.
In November 2016, Butler was elected to represent Arizona’s 28th district. After election, Butler became a sitting member on the Commerce Committee, the Health & Human Services Committee, and the Technology Committee. Kelli is working to help Arizona remain competitive and attract new business, and for funding be responsibly restored to public education, from pre-K through college.