2018 Endorsed Candidates

State Races

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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Kiana Sears – Corporation Commission

Kiana Sears is a community advocate, engaged ASU Sun Devil, nonprofit community leader, and a seasoned public policy professional. Her commitment to service is inspired by her father, a Vietnam veteran, and her mother, a dedicated civil servant in municipal water services for many years. Sears loves the beautiful State of Arizona and believes we…

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January Contreras – Attorney General

January’s entire career has been about defending our communities. A former county prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General, January worked as an advisor to Janet Napolitano. Coming back to Arizona from Washington D.C., she founded Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS), a non-profit that provides free legal services for children, youth and women impacted by…

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City

Councilmember Kate Gallego – Mayor of Phoenix

  Since being elected to Phoenix City Council in 2013, Kate Gallego’s entrepreneurial spirit and extensive economic development knowledge have helped transform Phoenix’s economy and revitalize the city’s transportation system. Kate’s proven track record includes leading the campaign to pass Phoenix’s citywide transportation plan and spearheading the successful Phoenix Equal Pay Ordinance. Kate is passionate…

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Mayor Coral Evans – Flagstaff

Mayor Coral Evans was elected as Mayor in November 2016. Although new to the position of Mayor, Ms. Evans is not new to the Flagstaff City Council. She was first elected to serve on the Flagstaff City Council in 2008 and reelected in 2012. She served as Vice Mayor of the City from 2012-2014. Mayor…

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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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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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Ginny Dickey – Mayor of Fountain Hills

Ginny Dickey is bringing her decades of local experience including two terms as a Councilwoman and FHUSD Board Member to the 2018 race for Fountain Hills Mayor. Since moving to Fountain Hills in 1983, Ginny has been very involved in the community and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. She participated in…

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Lauren Kuby

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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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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Senate

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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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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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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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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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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Christine Porter Marsh – LD 28 Senate

Christine Porter Marsh is an educator who’s spent over 25 years in Arizona classrooms and touched the lives of more than 3,500 students. In 2016 she was honored as the Arizona Education Foundation Teacher of the Year. It’s her dedication and concern for not just her students but all students in Arizona that motivated her…

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Victoria Steele – Senate LD 9

Victoria Steele is an award-winning, accomplished motivational speaker, teacher, and trainer. For 25 years she was a radio and television journalist, and is a is a twice-elected former Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, serving from 2013 – 2016. Prior to entering politics, Victoria was a master’s level professional counselor helping women struggling…

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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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House

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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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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Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford – LD 3 House

Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford has represented South Tucson in the state legislature since 2003. Understanding the importance of public service, Olivia became the second generation in her family to represent southern Arizonans at the state Capitol. She provided her parents, Rep. Bernardo “Nayo” Cajero and Rep. Carmen Cajero, with advice on important votes during the…

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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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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…

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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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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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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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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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Felicia French – LD 6 House

Felicia is a third generation Arizona with a proven commitment to public service. She is a combat veteran, nurse, and teacher with over 32 years of experience. Now she’s ready use her experience and commitment in the Arizona State House representing Legislative District 6. Felicia served in the United States Army for 32 years as…

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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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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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