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Adelita Grijalva

Tucson Unified School District Board – As a native Tucsonan educated in TUSD schools and the University of Arizona, Adelita has worked with youth and their families for the past 24 years. Adelita has worked as the Director of a Pima County diversion program for juvenile offenders, Pima County Teen Court for the last 18…

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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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Sen. Lisa Otondo – LD 4 Senate

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…

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Meg Burton-Cahill

About Meg 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.  Meg is a graduate of Tempe Leadership; the Western State…

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Elora Diaz – Phoenix Elementary School District Governing Board

Elora Diaz is an Arizona native and a first-generation college graduate who is dedicated to serving her community. She holds two degrees from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership. After graduating from college, Elora joined Teach for America, and taught seventh grade in the Isaac School District. She then…

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Rep. Mitzi Epstein – LD 18 House

Mitzi Epstein was elected to the State House in 2016. A computer systems analyst and small business owner, she is focused on listening to her community and working collaboratively to improve the quality of life for Arizonans. Prior to running for the legislature, Mitzi spent years working at the community and state levels to promote…

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Councilmember Lauren Kuby – City of Tempe

Lauren Kuby is a 29-year resident of Tempe and long-time community leader who advocates for vulnerable populations, worker protections, and climate-change action. In 2014 Lauren Kuby was elected to the Tempe City Council on a sustainability platform intent on sparking collaborations between the City and ASU. Arizona List is proud to endorse her for a…

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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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Kathleen Rahn – House LD 25

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Eva Putzova

Flagstaff City Council – Flagstaff became Eva’s 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. Currently, Eva coordinates university strategic planning and communications to Arizona Board of Regents and other key stakeholders and serves on the…

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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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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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Christine Rhodes

Christine Rhodes has been serving the citizens of Cochise County as County Recorder for 38 years. In 2012 she was re-elected for another term. Christine said, “I will be working really hard to show my constituents here in Cochise County that experience counts. Education and experience are very important to the job of county recorder.…

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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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Jennifer Pawlik – LD 17 House

Jennifer Pawlik is a native Arizonan who’s served for 17 years as an educator in public elementary schools. It was during her time as a classroom teacher that she realized that if positive change was going to happen in Arizona’s public education system, she would have to quit complaining, get involved and fight for it.…

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Debbie McCune-Davis

2014 – House – LD 30. Debbie attended R. E. Simpson in the Alhambra Elementary School District and Orangewood Elementary School in the Washington Elementary School District. During her years at Washington High School she was involved in a variety of activities at both school and church.

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Celia Barotz

Flagstaff City Council – Councilmember Celia Barotz was elected to the Flagstaff City Council for a four-year term in May 2010 and served as Vice Mayor from 2010 to 2012. Celia joined the city council after serving seven years on a wide variety of local boards and commissions, including the Coconino County Planning and Zoning…

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Rep. Rebecca Rios – LD 27 Senate

Representative Rebecca Rios was elected to represent LD27 in 2014, and currently serves as the House Democratic Leader. She has a long personal and family history of public service. Rebecca represented a rural Pinal county in the legislature from 1995-2010, and is the daughter of Pete Rios, former Arizona State Senate President. Rebecca and Pete…

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Janice Hudson – Sedona City Council

Janice Hudson first visited Sedona fifteen years ago and knew it was where she was meant to be. Since moving to Sedona with her husband and their dog, Duffy, she has become an active community member and  a dedicated volunteer with Arizona Crisis Team, the League of Women Voters, and Sedona Women. Janice has over…

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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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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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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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Ann Kirkpatrick

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…

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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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Kyrsten Sinema

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. She received a law degree and a master’s degree in…

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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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Leah Landrum Taylor

Leah Landrum Taylor was re-elected to the Arizona state senate in 2012 where she was chosen by her peers to serve as the minority leader. She serves on K-12 Education, Natural Resources and Rural Affairs and the Public Safety and Human Resources Committee. Taylor attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University,…

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Tammy Caputi – House LD 23

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Lauren Kuby

Tempe City Council – Tempe has been Lauren’s home for more than 25 years. It is a city that may be considered part of the “Greater Phoenix metro area,” but those who live there know that Tempe is special: an urban community with the feel of a small town. It’s second nature for Tempeans to…

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Councilmember Kate Gallego – City of Phoenix

Kate Gallego is an experienced economic development professional with a history of creating good jobs in Phoenix. Kate is the only candidate who has held leadership positions at the City of Phoenix, including serving as one of the two leaders of the ten-year plan. She has represented the business community on the Arizona Commission on…

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