Kristel Foster (i) – Tucson Unified School Board

Kristel Foster was the highest voter getter in the Tucson Unified School District’s Governing Board race, in an eleven candidate field, and was elected as a first-time candidate in 2012. As an educator with more than 20 years of experience, including teaching in both Flowing Wells and Sunnyside Unified School Districts, Kristel has a passion for quality…

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Jamie Whelan – Flagstaff City Council

Jamie Whelan is a professor of education and a leader in the LGBT community at Northern Arizona University. She is running for City Council to give Flagstaff citizens a strong voice on the City Council protecting community character, neighborhoods and open space, insisting on honesty, inclusion and transparency in all city business while advocating for…

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Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford – Senate LD 3

Senator Cajero Bedford was re-elected to the Arizona state senate by voters in the new LD3. 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 became…

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Kiana Sears – Mesa Unified #4 School Board

Longtime resident of Mesa, Arizona Kiana Sears has had a twenty-year career in public service, including advocacy for the “Quality First” program of “First Things First” and extensive community outreach efforts for access to school readiness tools for children in all of Arizona’s communities. Sears’ professional career of public service began as a member of…

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Rep. Rosanna Gabaldón – House LD 2

Rosanna Galbadón was newly elected to the Arizona State Legislature representing LD2 in 2012. Born in Bermuda, Rosanna has lived in Japan, the Philippines and Panama but has lived in Arizona since 1973. She moved to Sahuarita in 2004 from Tucson and served on the Towns Parks and Recreation Commission, and Economic Development Commission. Rosanna…

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Rep. Rebecca Rios – House LD 27

Rebecca Rios was elected in 2005 as Arizona State Senator for District 23. Rios was born in Tucson, AZ, and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Arizona State University in Social Work. Rios served three terms in Arizona House of Representatives. She served on committee including, Appropriations, Public Safety and Human Services, and Appropriations Subcommittee…

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Barbara LaWall (i) – Pima County Attorney

Formerly an English teacher, Barbara LaWall moved steadily up the ladder until 24 years later, she had the office’s top job — Pima County attorney — the first woman elected to hold that position. She was re-elected to this position in 2012. But the school children have not lost a champion. She still considers helping…

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Andrea Dalessandro for Senate – LD 2

Andrea Dalessandro was born in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, the worldwide symbol of freedom and opportunity. The mission of her life has been to fight for increased freedom and opportunity for all the people with whom she comes in contact. Residing in Sahuarita, she has immersed herself in civic, community, local and…

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Jamescita Peshlakai – Senate LD 7

Jamescita Mae Peshlakai is an Arizona native, lifelong Democrat and mother of two.  Peshlakai is a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War and served in the US Army for eight years.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy and a master’s degree in education psychology from Northern Arizona University.  Jamescita served as…

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Berdetta Hodge – Tempe Union School Board

As a Tempe Union Alumna, Berdetta Hodge, serving as the president of multiple parent-teacher organizations, as a financial committee member for the Tempe Union High School District and the Tempe Elementary School District, Berdetta knows her district. She is a passionate advocate for children, families and education for the city of Tempe and wants to serve them…

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Mitzi Epstein – House LD 18

Mitzi Epstein, a small business owner, state PTA leader and lifelong community problem solver, has spent her life working at the community and state levels to strengthen the economy. We support Mitzi because we believe she will bring business and education leaders together to forge strong solutions for Arizona. When she came within 1,100 votes…

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Patty Hansen (i) – Coconino County Recorder

Patty Hansen was elected Coconino County Recorder in 2012, after serving in elections administration for 24 years. She began her election administration career in 1987 when she was appointed to be the Deputy Election Commissioner for Lancaster County, Nebraska. In 1991 she was appointed by the Governor to be the Lancaster County Election Commissioner and…

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Sen. Barbara McGuire – Senate LD 8

As a 3rd generation Arizona native, District 8 has been a big part of Barbara’s life. In 2012, LD8 voters elected her to the Arizona State Senate. 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…

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Liz Archuleta – Coconino County Board of Supervisors District 2

A native of Flagstaff and fourth generation resident, Liz Archuleta’s history and knowledge of Northern Arizona has been an invaluable asset to the Board and to her District residents during her five terms on the Board of Supervisors. Liz has been the leader of discussions on water issues on the state level and in Northern…

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Coral Evans – City of Flagstaff Mayor

Third generation Flagstaff native Coral Evans was first elected to the Flagstaff City Council in May 2004, re-elected in May 2012 and now serves as Vice-Mayor of Flagstaff. Coral believes in a balanced approach to the stewardship of community resources and is passionate about creating opportunities that allow for civic engagement, community revitalization and sustainability…

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Kelli Butler – House LD 28

An Arizona native with deep roots in her community, Kelli and her husband are small business owners who raised their children in their North Phoenix neighborhood attending public schools and state universities. She understands the challenges Arizona faces as our economy is in recovery and believes that Arizona needs to attract new business by restoring…

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F. Ann Rodriguez (i) – Pima County Recorder

F. Ann was reelected for her sixth term as Recorder in 2012. In 2002 she received two Special Recognition Awards. In 2004, Rodriguez received the Arizona Democratic Party’s second place “Democrat of the Year” award. Rodriguez has given her time to the community by being a part of several boards, such as Kids Voting and…

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Carmen Casillas – House LD 8

Carmen is a former Vice-Mayor and Councilwoman for Globe. Arizona. She is concerned about bringing higher paying jobs to rural areas to keep more money in their communities, protecting a strong public education system and providing access to affordable higher education. Carmen is running a single shot campaign in a District which will have a…

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Sen. Katie Hobbs – Senate – LD 24

Katie Hobbs was elected to the Arizona state senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD24. Katie is from Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from Seton Catholic in 1988. She went on to get her Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University in 1992 and her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University…

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Rep. Lisa Otondo – Senate LD 4

Lisa Otondo was first elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives from LD 4 in 2012. She is a second generation Arizonan who was born and raised in Yuma. With a Master’s Degree in International Public Administration who has lived in five countries on four continents and speaks five languages, Lisa has a varied…

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