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Celia Barotz was first elected to the Flagstaff City Council in May 2010 and re-elected in 2014. She served as Vice Mayor two separate times while on the council.
Senator Cajero Bedford was re-elected to the Arizona State Senate in 2016. 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 followed in the footsteps of both her father and mother to become the second generation in her family to represent southern Arizonans at the state Capitol.
Eva Putzova was born in Slovakia before Flagstaff became her 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. She also completed leadership programs at Harvard University and Cornell University. Eva is currently running for Congress with the goal to represent working people in Congress not corporations.
Linda Lopez served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009. She then served as a member of the Arizona Senate, representing District 29 from 2009 to 2014. Lopez 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.
Debbie McCune Davis was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 1979 to 1994 and from 2003 to 2006. She then served as Arizona State Senator from 2006 to 2017.
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.
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 the state house and Senate.
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. She served as a member of the Arizona Senate representing the 28th district from January 2006 until January 2013.
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. Cahill was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 2000 until 2006. She served as a state Senator for District 17 until 2011.
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. From 2013 to 2019, Sinema served as the U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 9th congressional district. She has been serving as the senior United States Senator from Arizona since 2019.
F. Ann was reelected for her seventh term as Recorder in 2016. Rodriguez has dedicated 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. She has also worked hard to increase and simplify voting participation.
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. Barbara represented the 23rd District in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. She then represented district eight in the Arizona State Senate from 2011 to 2017.
Barbara LaWall was elected in 1996 as the first woman to serve as Pima County attorney. She has been re-elected since then, most recently in 2016. Since then, she has led the state in creating and implementing innovative programs to protect children, such as the SafeBaby program and the AMBER Missing Child Alert.
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.
Angela’s commitment to revitalizing the Arizona economy, raising our education standards and increasing access to affordable healthcare are why she ran for Sedona City Council. She served as a City Council member from November 2014 to January 2016.
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.
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). Stefanie represented the 10th district in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017.
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.
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.
Kristel Foster was first elected in 2012 and won re-election in 2016. She has a passion for quality education and is dedicated to the students in this community. She has fought for things like LGBTQIA+ rights within school institutions, comprehensive sex education, and increasing multicultural based curriculums. She continues to be a strong voice in the “Red for Ed” movement, advocating for increased funding in our education system.
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.
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.
Representative Isela Blanc is a community organizer with over 15 years of experience advocating for children and families. She has worked on behalf of the children and families of LD 26 since she was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2016.
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.
Wenona Benally was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 2017 to 2019. She is a Harvard Law School graduate with a master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Masters of Law from the James E. Rogers College of Law.
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.
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. After 24 years of service, Scott retired in December 2019.
Rae Waters served District 20 in the House of Representatives of Arizona from January 2008 to January 2011. 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. She also served 12 years on the District Governing Board for Kyrene Elementary School.
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 for the US Army prepared her well to ensure that the state had a balanced budget while protecting families and education. Her focus while serving the public was getting real results from government programs.
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. She served as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011.
Marsha Arzberger was a true advocate for her community when she was in office. As a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, she served as the Assistant to the Director for Special Projects by focusing on higher education research. She served in the Arizona Legislature from 2000 to 2008.
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.
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 the 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.
Jamie Whelan is a professor of education and a leader in the LGBT community at Northern Arizona University. Whelan has lived in Flagstaff for over 26 years and owned several small business while continuing her career as a teacher. She was elected to Flagstaff City Council in November 2016 and was selected by the council to serve as Vice-Mayor from 2016 to 2018. Whelan is currently running for Mayor of Flagstaff.
Jackie Thrasher was elected to Arizona House of Representative for District 10 in 2007. At this time she was awarded the Legislative Partner Award from the Arizona Business and Education Coalition. Thrasher received her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, and went on to teach in the Phoenix area.
Dr. Geraldine Peten was appointed to represent LD 4 in the Arizona House of Representatives in August 2017 and was elected in 2018. She is an educator and administrator with over 20 years of experience leading and improving primary and secondary schools in Arizona.
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.
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. Since October 2002, she has been the owner of a woman recruiting firm that specializes in property management, building engineering, real estate, and construction nationwide.
Ann has been a member of the Bisbee Unified School Board since 2016. She has been committed to offering more education opportunities to the students, from vocational classes to college and on-line classes. She is also invested in a better working relationship with the city and the public, drawing on the residents’ talents and experience.
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. She represented Arizona’s 1st congressional district from 2009-2011 and again from 2013-2017. Kirkpatrick has served as a representative for Arizona’s 2nd congressional district since 2019.
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. Almy graduated from The University of Arizona, triple majoring in History, Economics, and Spanish. She received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Teaching from Arizona State University. Almy has served on the Phoenix Elementary #1 School Board since July 2017.