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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’s 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.
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.