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Rep. Athena Salman – LD 26 House

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. In light of severe…

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Rep. Lela Alston – LD 24 Senate

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. During her current tenure in the Arizona House, she worked to pass bipartisan legislation…

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Consuelo Hernandez – Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board

Consuelo Hernandez is a proud graduate of the Sunnyside School District, and is proud to call the Sunnyside community her home. She holds a B.A. in Global Health from Arizona State University, and knows first-hand the struggles of a young minority students navigating through the college system, being told they cannot succeed. With few resources…

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Kathy Hoffman – Superintendent of Public Instruction

Kathy Hoffman is a dedicated educator who is committed to improving educational achievement for all of Arizona’s students. She currently works as a speech therapist in the Peoria Unified School District and has spent her entire professional career in our public schools. Her passion for education arrives from personal experience in a diverse array of…

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Rep. Dr. Geraldine Peten – LD 4 House

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. Rep. Peten is an educational consultant. She holds two Master’s degrees, and earned her Doctorate of Education at NAU. In the…

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Alma Hernandez – LD 3 House

Alma Hernandez was born and raised on the south side of Tucson, and is a proud product of Sunnyside Unified schools. When she was just 14 years old she was the victim of a violent attack, suffering spinal injuries that still affect her today. In the aftermath, Alma witnessed the criminal justice system and school-to-prison…

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Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales – LD 3 Senate

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. A strong proponent for quality education, health care and children’s, women’s, and employee rights, Sally has sponsored and/or…

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Adelita Grijalva – Tucson Unified School District Governing Board

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. Adelita is firmly committed to improving the quality of life for Pima County residents. She is actively involved in the Pueblo community,…

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Sen. Andrea Dalessandro – LD 2 Senate

An East Coast native residing Sahuarita, Andrea Dalessandro has dedicated her life to civic, community, local and regional service. Elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives in 2012 by the voters in LD2, Andrea’s work as a legislator is driven by her commitment to give the students of Arizona the same educational opportunities that…

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Lindsay Love – Chandler Unified School District Governing Board

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. Lindsay has experience with narrative therapy approaches that allow survivors…

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Solange Whitehead – Scottsdale City Council

In 1996 Solange Whitehead came to Scottsdale, intended to stay for “just six months”, fell in love and never left. She running for Scottsdale City Council to preserve the charm and quality of life of her community. Solange is an electrical engineer, real estate investor, and executive director of the Environmental Fund for Arizona. Her…

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Alexis Hermosillo – Mayor of El Mirage

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. Alexis is a firm believer that knowledge is power. She holds an…

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Rep. Charlene Fernandez – LD 4 House

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. She worked for Congressman Ed Pastor for twelve years, coordinating constituent services…

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Joyce Jones-Ivey, Oro Valley Town Council

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. Joyce grew up in a family of nine siblings. Her parents taught her the importance of honesty, integrity, hard work,…

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Rep. Rosanna Gabaldón – LD 2 House

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. Rosanna is a dedicated public servant and an experienced legislator. She arrived in Sahuarita in 2004 and served on the Towns Parks and Recreation Commission, and…

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Raquel Terán – LD 30 House

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…

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Carmen Trujillo – Phoenix Elementary School District Governing Board

Carmen Trujillo is a working-class mother, lifelong Phoenician, and community advocate. She grew up in Phoenix’s Garfield neighborhood where her grandmother, Helen Trujillo, worked closely with neighbors and the police to develop a safe and sustainable community. Those experiences taught Carmen the importance of community involvement. Since graduation she has worked in Human Services for the…

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Fern Ward – Laveen Elementary School District Governing Board

Fern Ward has been a proud Laveen resident since 1982, and is committed to making her community the best it can be. Fern and her husband, Richard, were among the families who organized Laveen’s first baseball in 1987. In 2013, their family saw the need for a new league and organized the Laveen Baseball League.…

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Jen Longdon – LD 24 House

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. After the shooting she struggled to stay afloat, losing her health insurance while lying in a hospital bed in a coma and confronting poverty…

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Naketa Ross – Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board

Naketa Ross is a long-time advocate for the wellness of Arizona families and children. As a foster care child, Naketa learned the importance of education to empowering young people and setting the groundwork for their future success. Naketa has focused her career on advocating for marginalized youth. The gap in services provided for young people…

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Laura Pastor – Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board

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. Her grandparents and great-grandparents worked in Eastern Arizona’s mining communities, and both her parents began their careers as classroom teachers. For four years, Laura was also a…

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Rep. Kirsten Engel – LD 10 House

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.   Kirsten’s experience in government and public service began long before her 2016 election to the Arizona State House. In addition…

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Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai – LD 7 Senate

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.   As a parent, she is committed to restoring public education funding, working to make healthcare affordable, improving public safety and protecting Arizona’s most…

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Katie Paetz – Osborn Elementary School District Governing Board

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. As board president she’s fought for policy protecting all gender identities, led the process of selecting a…

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Rep. Kelli Butler – LD 28 House

A first-term State Representative and native Arizonan, Kelli Butler has deep roots in their North Central Phoenix community. As a small business owner, in partnership with her husband Ben, Kelli has brought her years of experience navigating changing economic and regulatory environments to the legislature. As a mother and long-time volunteer at her children’s public…

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Katie Hobbs – Secretary of State

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. As a professional social…

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Stephanie Parra – Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board

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. As one of the first in her family to attend college, Stephanie understands the power of a great education. Stephanie holds B.S.…

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Heather Macre – CAWCD Board

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. The CAWCD board oversees the operations of the Central Arizona Project, a 336-mile system of aqueducts, tunnels, pumping plans and pipelines that…

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Jen Duff – Mesa City Council District 4

Jen Duff is a Mesa native and a longtime leader in the Mesa community. In addition to serving as a member of the City of Mesa Zoning and Planning Board and of the Mesa Community College Development Board, Jen is also honorary Board Chair of the i.d.e.a children’s museum and an active member of the…

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Leila Counts – Tucson Unified School District Governing Board

Leila Counts is a dedicated educator, small business owner, TUSD parent, and the descendant of a long line of Arizona educators. She began her career teaching life skills, history and cultural studies to children with behavioral challenges, and it was in this role that she developed her passion for education. She was honored to play…

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