For the past eleven years Lela Alston has represented LD 24 in the Arizona Legislature: she served eight years in the House and is now in her fourth year in the Senate, where she serves on the Appropriations, Finance, and Government committees. She previously served in the Senate from 1977 to 1995. Throughout her career as a lawmaker, she has championed public schools and universities, advocated on behalf of vulnerable communities, and worked to find common ground with colleagues. She seeks pragmatic solutions to the challenges confronting our state. Lela is a native Arizonan and a proud product of our public school system. As a former teacher, she is passionate about ensuring accessible and affordable public education that prepares Arizona’s young people for 21st Century careers. She also serves as an at-large member of the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board, the district where she taught for 34 years. Other priorities include improving the lives of children and families, working in support of housing for the homeless and low-income families, and defending the civil rights of all of Arizona’s citizens.