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Laura Pastor

Laura grew up in a household of schoolteachers, so I know the importance of education. My mother was the first in her family to attend college and, today I work with families who are working hard to help their own children become the first family members to go to college. The latest figures, though, show…

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Jennifer Martin – CAWCD Board

Jennifer Martin is a life-long Arizonan.  The daughter of an archaeologist living less than a mile from the Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area, she grew up immersed in Arizona’s amazing natural and cultural resources. A product of the Arizona school system, she attended Apache Junction School District K-12 and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in…

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Lynné Almy – Phoenix Elementary #1 School Board

A product of Arizona’s public schools, Lynné Almy has taught in the Maryvale schools working every day to ensure that the students in her classroom are successful. Now she asking voters for the opportunity to continue that work as a board member for the Phoenix Elementary School District. She cares about on teacher recruitment and…

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Hazel Chandler – LD 20 House

Hazel Chandler is a 40-year resident of Arizona, a grandmother and outspoken advocate for Arizona children. She is passionate about securing a safe future for generations to come, is a long time advocate for quality public education, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Hazel holds degrees in childhood development, management, and public management, and spent decades…

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Lela Alston (i) – Phoenix Union School Board

Representative Lela Alston was re-elected in 2012 by voters in the new LD24 and, at the same, was elected to serve on her local school board. Lela is a Phoenix native, and a graduate of Phoenix Union High School. As a young wife and mother of two, Ms. Alston received her bachelor’s degree from the…

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Theresa Ulmer

Theresa Ulmer was elected as Arizona State House Representative in 2007 for District 24. Originally from Nebraska, Ulmer’s childhood instilled in her the importance of community. She is also an active member of the Yuma County Democratic Party, and the Precinct Committee for the County and State party. As a member of Sierra Vista Presbyterian…

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Susan Benjamin – Phoenix Elementary Governing Board

Susan Benjamin has spent her career of 31 years in public education, as a teacher, principal and the Director of Special Education. She is the proud mother of 2 sons and grandmother of 2 granddaughters. She knows the best outcome for our students requires highly qualified teachers, a commitment to the needs of each child and…

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Katie Gipson-McLean – Phoenix Union High School District, Ward 3

Katie Gipson-McLean is a proud Phoenix Union alumna who graduated from Camelback in 2005. She is a first generation college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in education. Katie worked as a licensed teacher in public high schools for five years before going to law school. In her job as a Public Defender, Katie witnesses the…

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Monica Trejo – Tempe Elementary #3 School Board

Monica Trejo is a native Arizonan. She attended Arizona State University, joined Teach for America-Phoenix and taught special education in Tolleson. Currently she is an instructional coach at a Phoenix elementary school. Monica is committed to work for schools that can move children out of the cycle of poverty and help them reach their dreams.

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Vania Guevara – Phoenix City Council District 5

Vania Guevara is a first-generation Salvadoran American. Growing up, Vania’s parents showed her and her siblings the importance of hard work and helping others. Now Vania is ready to lead Phoenix communities forward as a member of the City Council. Vania’s parents immigrated to the United States after civil war broke out in El Salvador.…

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Sara Presler

Sara Presler was elected Mayor of Flagstaff in 2008, and was re-elected in 2010. Presler received her Bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in English from Northern Arizona University. After earning her Law degree from Michigan State University, she returned back to Flagstaff to serve as a public defense attorney. Presler has had a…

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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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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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Paula Aboud

A graduate from Tucson High School, Paula earned her BA in English from the University of Arizona.  A strong advocate of the Democratic Party, Paula worked to build up the Democratic Party in Tucson and Pima County.  She serves as the ranking Democratic member of the powerful Appropriations Committee and also served on the Health…

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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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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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Ylenia Aguilar – Osborn School District Governing Board

Ylenia Aguilar is a candidate for the Osborn School District Governing Board. Ylenia is a working mother: a professional businesswoman who owns her own company and an active parent in the district who has developed relationships with both teachers and administrators in order to improve educational outcomes for all students at Osborn. In these dual…

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Shirley Scott

Ward 4 – City Council Shirley Scott was elected to the City Council in 1995.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of Pima Council on Aging, Pima Prevention Partnership, and on the Advisory Committee for Tucson Clean and Beautiful.  She has also served on the Budget Advisory Committee and as Chairperson of…

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Isela Blanc – House LD 26

Isela Blanc is a community organizer with over fifteen years of experience working for children and families.Through personal and professional experiences, Isela understands that access to high-quality education and resources help children thrive. She is committed to advocating for high-quality early childhood programs, youth programs, access to community services, and funding education.

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Debbie Nez Manuel – LD 26 Senate

Debbie Nez Manuel is a member of the Tséníjíkiní Navajo clan. She is a social worker, nonprofit founder, avid community volunteer, and is running to be State Senator for LD 26. Debbie grew up in Klagetoh, a small community that taught her to work hard and give back. Debbie took those important lessons and founded…

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Nancy Young-Wright

Nancy Young Wright was elected in 2008 to represent District 26 of Arizona. She is a strong advocate for education, environment, arts, and humane treatment of animals. Young Wright has served on the Amphitheater Unified School District Board, and became president in 2004. Originally from New Mexico, she received Bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State…

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J’aime Morgaine – LD 5 State Senate

J’aime Morgaine is an Army Veteran, three-time cancer survivor, and social justice activist. She was born in Texas and raised in a small rural community in Southern California. After fulfilling her military service, J’aime earned an associate’s degree from Riverside Community College, a bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside, two post-baccalaureate certificates in Family Counseling and…

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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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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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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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Rep. Pamela Power Hannley – LD 9 House

Pamela Powers Hannley was elected to the Arizona House in 2016. A mother of 2, small business owner, nonprofit founder and proud progressive Democrat, Pamela has called Tucson home since 1981. During her first year in the legislature, Pamela voted against all new tax cuts for big corporations, fought for increased funding for K-12 public…

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Corin Hammond – House LD 11

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Brittany Burback – Peoria City Council

Brittany Burback and her family have been Peoria residents for over 20 years. The oldest of seven children, Brittany is a first-generation American, as well as the first in her family to graduate from college and the first to achieve a doctoral degree. Brittany attended Peoria High School and became interested in law and government…

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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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Daria Lohman – LD 23 Senate

Daria Lohman was raised on military bases throughout the United States and England. She served in the U.S. Army for six years, including multiple tours in Vietnam. After receiving an honorable discharge, she worked in various jobs until she decided to complete her formal education. In 1982 she graduated with a B.S. in Physics &…

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