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Lela was first elected to the Arizona Senate in 1976, serving on the Appropriations Committee for 18-years. After being encouraged by the community, Lela ran for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010 and, after serving 8-years in the House, was returned to the State Senate in 2018. She has been a member of the PUHSD Governing Board since 2008. Her fierce advocacy has made her one of Arizona’s most respected voices for public education.
A fourth generation Arizonan, Rebecca served in the Arizona Legislature from 1995 to 2010 where she was chosen to serve as Democratic Whip and Assistant Democratic Leader. Elected In 2014. from her new home in LD 27, Rebecca was again selected to serve as Minority Whip. She Is a fighter for better education and healthcare and an outspoken advocate on issues of equality and justice for Arizona’s Citizens.
Representative Sally Ann Gonzales has a long history of public service. Prior to her election to the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2018, she served in the state legislature from 1997-2000, and in the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council from 1992-1996. Senator Gonzalez was most recently re-elected to the Senate in LD3 in 2020.
Rosanna Gabaldón is a dedicated public servant and an experienced legislator. Her legislative priorities include water sustainability, public education, and economic development. She believes that our best days are ahead of us, and that it’s going to take cooperative leadership to stand up and make it happen. She has worked diligently on issues pertaining to the environment, notably the Drought Contingency Plan, education, and infrastructure.
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. This upbringing has given her a keen awareness of the issues and challenges facing farming and rural communities.
Victoria Steele was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012 and was elected to the Arizona Senate in 2018. She has worked very hard on legislation focused on the Equal Rights Amendment, indigenous rights, and protections for our most vulnerable populations.
Kirsten Engel was first elected in 2016 and is currently serving her second term in the Arizona House. As a law professor and a mom, Kirsten ran for office to fight for public, career/technical, and higher education funding as well as to bring her expertise in environmental & administrative law to the legislature. As a Representative, she has expanded her work to include a presence in the Criminal Justice Reform Committee as Ranking Democrat of the Judiciary Committee.
Christine Marsh is a Phoenician and graduate of Arizona public schools. After 23 years in the classroom, Christine was honored to be named Arizona’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. Through that experience, she traveled the state to see first-hand the issues that public schools face. While her experiences as a mother, teacher, and foster mother helped her to decide to run.
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. She was re-elected in 2020.