Our Elected Officials

Meet the women that Arizona List members have helped to elect!

2016

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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Monica Gallardo Pimentel – Glendale Elementary School District #40

Monica Gallardo Pimentel knows that school board races impact our children, their well being and their future every day. She is running for school board to ensure the students, teachers and families of Glendale Elementary School District have a true voice on the school board. Her goal is to make sure students from the Glendale Elementary…

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Beki Quintero – Sunnyside Unified School Board

Beki Quintero is running for re-election to the Sunnyside Unified School Board. She is a lifetime resident of the Sunnyside community and a graduate of Sunnyside High School. As a strong community advocate, passionate about education and promoting opportunities for the youth in her community, Ms. Quintero also works with local businesses to develop key…

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Ann Littrell – Bisbee Unified School Board

Ann Littrell was appointed to fill a vacancy on the school board last year. Ann brings her experience representing schools while at the Cochise County Attorney’s office and her values and objectivity on critical issues as the first woman to be elected to the Superior Court Bench in Cochise County. With a grandson attending Bisbee…

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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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Pat Dennis – Avondale City Council

Pat Dennis is the former Mayor of Peoria who moved to Avondale in 2010. She served on the Peoria City Council for 16 years, four of them as Mayor until she moved to Avondale in 2010. She is serving as Chair of the Avondale Parks and Recs Commission and is on the Library Advisory Board…

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Alexandra Arboleda – Maricopa County CAWCD Board

Alexandra Arboleda has dedicated her career to solving Arizona’s water and natural resource challenges. The depth and breadth of her experience as a water attorney give her a unique and diverse understanding of the issues related to management of Arizona’s Colorado River supplies. Alexandra enjoys seeking creative solutions that benefit all parties in resolving difficult and…

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Wenona Benally – House LD 7

Wenona Benally is a Harvard Law School graduate with a master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Master’s of Law from the James E. Rogers College of Law. Wenona has been active in her communities, both in Tucson and in Northern Arizona supporting Native American women and focusing…

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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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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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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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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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Athena Salman – House LD 26

Athena Salman is a native Arizonan, community leader, and education advocate. In her work as an organizer, she has fought for high quality education, jobs, and strong communities. A graduate of ASU, Athena has worked with student organizing, the Girl Scouts and other educational initiatives. She is committed to leading the state toward improved diversity…

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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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Kirsten Engel – House LD 10

Kirsten Engel is a law professor at the University of Arizona and co-director of the Environmental Law Program.  Mother of an elementary student, she believes in common sense policies that invest in education.  As an expert in water law, she knows how build an environmentally sustainable economy.

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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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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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Sarah Benatar (i) – Coconino County Treasurer

Sarah Benatar was appointed to this office by the Board of Supervisors to fill out the term of the previously elected Treasurer and is running for her first full term in office. She has been an active member of the Flagstaff community serving in leadership of the Community Information and Referral Services and the Flagstaff…

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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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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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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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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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Pamela Powers Hannely – House LD 9

Pam Powers Hannley is a leader in the progressive movement in Arizona. Her goal is to bring sanity and fiscal responsibility to the Arizona Legislature. Pam has her master’s in Public Health and experience working as a small business owner.

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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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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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Sharon Bronson (i) – Pima County Board of Supervisors District 3

Sharon Bronson, was first elected to office in November 1996. She represents District 3, a sprawling district of 7,403 square miles that includes all of western Pima County, AZ. and shares more than 130 miles of international border with Mexico. She has also chaired the Pima Association of Government’s Executive Committee and the local public…

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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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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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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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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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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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Lynne Pancrazi

After serving in the Arizona House of Representatives representing LD24, Lynne Pancrazi was elected to the Arizona State Senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD4.  She received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education. Pancrazi has dedicated herself throughout her life to teaching and education. As a legislator she served…

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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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Rep. Charlene Fernandez – House LD 4

Charlene Fernandez has been fighting to improve our local schools for most of her adult life because she knows education is critical to growing an economy with good jobs. During her two terms on the Yuma High School Board, she was instrumental in implementing standards to ensure that students graduate ready to compete with other…

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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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Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales – House LD 3

A Tucson native, Representative Sally Ann Gonzales received her BA from Arizona State University and MA from the University of Arizona.  She worked as a bilingual classroom teacher and was first elected to serve in the AZ State House of Representatives in 2010.  She also serves on the Governor’s Commission on Violence Against Women. Sally…

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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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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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2015

Regina Romero

Regina Romero was elected to serve on Tucson City Council in 2007, representing Ward 1.  Romero was the first Latina woman elected to City Council, and the first woman to represent to Ward 1. She brings more than 15 years of experience in progressive public policy, job training and neighborhood reinvestment to the Council. How…

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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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2014

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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Corina Madruga

Tolleson Union High School District Board – Corina Madruga is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters and is a long-time west valley resident currently residing in Tolleson, AZ. Growing up, Corina was faced with many challenges including entering the work force at the age of 14, becoming a young mother at the age of…

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Christina Hernandez

Roosevelt School Board – As a South Phoenix native, I believe that our community should expect more. High expectations from my family, teachers, and friends were critical to my educational and professional success, helping me be the first in my family to complete a Master’s of Education. With over 11 years experience in Higher Education,…

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Stephanie Parra

Phoenix Union High School District Board – Stephanie Parra is an educator committed to improving public schools in Arizona. She is a first generation American citizen, born and raised in Yuma, AZ and is a product of Arizona public schools. As one of the first in her family to attend college, Stephanie understands the power…

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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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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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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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Angela LeFevre

Sedona City Council – Angela’s commitment to revitalizing the Arizona economy, raising our education standards and increasing access to affordable healthcare are why she is running for Sedona City Council. Bringing better jobs to Sedona requires a steady stream of better-educated workers. We cannot cut funds to education every time the state budget is tight. Nor…

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Katie Paetz

 Katie Paetz is an Arizona educator with 9 years experience in Arizona Public Schools. Katie teaches music at Rose Linda Elementary School in the Roosevelt School District. Before that, she taught in the Creighton School District (2006). She has a Bachelors and Masters in Music Education from Arizona State University. Prior to running for Osborn School Board…

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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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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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Rep. Stefanie Mach – House LD 10

Voters in the new LD10 elected first-time candidate, Stefanie Mach, to the Arizona State House of Representatives in 2012. Growing up in a military family, Stefanie learned the value of personal responsibility and the importance of civil service to her community at a young age. At seventeen, Stefanie was faced with a traumatic car accident…

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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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Lynne Pancrazi

After serving in the Arizona House of Representatives representing LD24, Lynne Pancrazi was elected to the Arizona State Senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD4.  She received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education. Pancrazi has dedicated herself throughout her life to teaching and education. As a legislator she served…

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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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Rep. Charlene Fernandez – House LD 4

Charlene Fernandez has been fighting to improve our local schools for most of her adult life because she knows education is critical to growing an economy with good jobs. During her two terms on the Yuma High School Board, she was instrumental in implementing standards to ensure that students graduate ready to compete with other…

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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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Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales – House LD 3

A Tucson native, Representative Sally Ann Gonzales received her BA from Arizona State University and MA from the University of Arizona.  She worked as a bilingual classroom teacher and was first elected to serve in the AZ State House of Representatives in 2010.  She also serves on the Governor’s Commission on Violence Against Women. Sally…

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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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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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2013

Kate Gallego

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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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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Karin Uhlich

Karin Uhlich serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Economic Integrity, a non-profit research and advocacy organization. Prior to moving to Tucson, Uhlich served as Congressional Aide to U.S. Representative Howard Wolpe and Executive Director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Once in Tucson she served as and Executive Director of Primavera…

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2012

Sylvia Lee

Sylvia Lee, PhD, proud graduate of Pima Community College (PCC) and former PCC Campus President, was elected in 2012 to the Pima College Board from District 3. She was on Arizona List’s Watch List in this election cycle. After obtaining her Associate degree from PCC, Sylvia transferred to the University of Arizona where she earned…

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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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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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Heather Macre

An attorney who moved to Arizona in 2008, Heather was elected as a first-time candidate to the Central Arizona Water Conservation   District Board. Since coming to Arizona, Heather has involved herself in the local political scene and in conservation efforts. Heather currently works at McCarthy, Holthus & Levine, LLP, and serves on the Phoenix…

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Coral Evans

Third generation Flagstaff native Coral Evans was first elected to the Flagstaff City Council in May 2004 and re-elected in May 2012 and now serves as Vice-Mayor of Flagstaff. In addition to being on council Coral is the Executive Director of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association. Presently Coral is pursuing a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education; she…

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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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Sharon Bronson (i) – Pima County Board of Supervisors District 3

Sharon Bronson, was first elected to office in November 1996. She represents District 3, a sprawling district of 7,403 square miles that includes all of western Pima County, AZ. and shares more than 130 miles of international border with Mexico. She has also chaired the Pima Association of Government’s Executive Committee and the local public…

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Karla Brewster

Councilmember Karla Brewster was elected to a four year term on the Flagstaff City Council in May 2008 and re-elected in May 2012.  A native of Oregon, Karla lived most of her life in the Phoenix area until moving to Flagstaff in 1998 where she enjoys working with people and diversity.  She earned degrees from…

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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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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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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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Linda Lopez

Senator Linda Lopez was re-elected to a second term in the Arizona state senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD2. She was subsequently chosen by her peers to serve as assistant minority leader. After living in Indiana and California as a child, Linda earned her BA in Women’s Studies and an MA in…

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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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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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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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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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Rep. Stefanie Mach – House LD 10

Voters in the new LD10 elected first-time candidate, Stefanie Mach, to the Arizona State House of Representatives in 2012. Growing up in a military family, Stefanie learned the value of personal responsibility and the importance of civil service to her community at a young age. At seventeen, Stefanie was faced with a traumatic car accident…

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Victoria Steele

Victoria has experience as a business owner, a counselor, a faculty member at the University of Phoenix, and a television and radio news broadcaster. As a first-time candidate in 2012, Victoria was elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives by voters in LD9. Victoria believes in continuing the investment in the education of our…

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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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Lynne Pancrazi

After serving in the Arizona House of Representatives representing LD24, Lynne Pancrazi was elected to the Arizona State Senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD4.  She received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education. Pancrazi has dedicated herself throughout her life to teaching and education. As a legislator she served…

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2011

Regina Romero

Regina Romero was elected to serve on Tucson City Council in 2007, representing Ward 1.  Romero was the first Latina woman elected to City Council, and the first woman to represent to Ward 1. She brings more than 15 years of experience in progressive public policy, job training and neighborhood reinvestment to the Council. How…

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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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2010

Beth Brizel

Beth has approximately 15 years of recruitment experiencing encompassing Construction, Engineering, Real Estate, and Restoration recruitment.  She has worked with local as well as large international corporations in a wide variety of industries (e.g. Construction, Banking/Financial Services, Real Estate, Insurance, and Architectural/Engineering).  She studied at California State University Long Beach. How Beth has Helped Arizona…

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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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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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Linda Lopez

Senator Linda Lopez was re-elected to a second term in the Arizona state senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD2. She was subsequently chosen by her peers to serve as assistant minority leader. After living in Indiana and California as a child, Linda earned her BA in Women’s Studies and an MA in…

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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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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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Ginny Dickey

Ginny Dickey has been a Town Council member since 2006 and been very involved with development of the first-ever comprehensive environmental policy for the Town. She served on the Fountain Hills School Board from 1994 to 2002 including two years as president. She is co-founder of the Fountain Hills Democratic Club, was a delegate to…

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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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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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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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Lynne Pancrazi

After serving in the Arizona House of Representatives representing LD24, Lynne Pancrazi was elected to the Arizona State Senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD4.  She received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education. Pancrazi has dedicated herself throughout her life to teaching and education. As a legislator she served…

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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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2009

Sharon Wolcott

Sharon Wolcott represents Council District 1 in Surprise Arizona. Wolcott received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Education from Indiana University. Before moving to Arizona, Wolcott represented District 57 in Minnesota in state house and Senate. She was appointed to the Surprise Transportation Commission in 2008. By 2010, Wolcott was chosen by MAG Regional Council…

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Karin Uhlich

Karin Uhlich serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Economic Integrity, a non-profit research and advocacy organization. Prior to moving to Tucson, Uhlich served as Congressional Aide to U.S. Representative Howard Wolpe and Executive Director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Once in Tucson she served as and Executive Director of Primavera…

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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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2008

Sharon Bronson (i) – Pima County Board of Supervisors District 3

Sharon Bronson, was first elected to office in November 1996. She represents District 3, a sprawling district of 7,403 square miles that includes all of western Pima County, AZ. and shares more than 130 miles of international border with Mexico. She has also chaired the Pima Association of Government’s Executive Committee and the local public…

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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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Rae Waters

Rae Waters served District 20 in House of Representatives of Arizona. Waters graduated from northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. Rae was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey; she has lived in Arizona for 42 years and graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. She has…

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Pat Fleming

A resident of Sierra Vista, Pat has decades of public service on her resume.  Pat’s decades of experience as a budget and manpower analyst have prepared her well to ensure that the state has a balanced budget while protecting families and education. She is focused on getting real results from government programs.  She is a…

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Karla Brewster

Councilmember Karla Brewster was elected to a four year term on the Flagstaff City Council in May 2008 and re-elected in May 2012.  A native of Oregon, Karla lived most of her life in the Phoenix area until moving to Flagstaff in 1998 where she enjoys working with people and diversity.  She earned degrees from…

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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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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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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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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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Martha Garcia

A Tempe native and graduate of Tempe Union High School, Martha has gravitated to community issues.  In 2003, Martha decided to run for and won a seat at the House of Representatives for District 13, where she has lived since 1971. She is so honored to serve the district. Martha presently serves as President of…

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Linda Lopez

Senator Linda Lopez was re-elected to a second term in the Arizona state senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD2. She was subsequently chosen by her peers to serve as assistant minority leader. After living in Indiana and California as a child, Linda earned her BA in Women’s Studies and an MA in…

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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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2007

Regina Romero

Regina Romero was elected to serve on Tucson City Council in 2007, representing Ward 1.  Romero was the first Latina woman elected to City Council, and the first woman to represent to Ward 1. She brings more than 15 years of experience in progressive public policy, job training and neighborhood reinvestment to the Council. How…

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2006

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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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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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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Martha Garcia

A Tempe native and graduate of Tempe Union High School, Martha has gravitated to community issues.  In 2003, Martha decided to run for and won a seat at the House of Representatives for District 13, where she has lived since 1971. She is so honored to serve the district. Martha presently serves as President of…

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Marsha Arzberger

A retired farmer/rancher, Marsha received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwest Missouri State University (With Honors), a Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University (With Distinction), and has completed some Graduate work toward a second Master’s degree in Political Science at ASU.  She was a member of the Arizona Board of Regents…

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Linda Lopez

Senator Linda Lopez was re-elected to a second term in the Arizona state senate in 2012 by voters in the new LD2. She was subsequently chosen by her peers to serve as assistant minority leader. After living in Indiana and California as a child, Linda earned her BA in Women’s Studies and an MA in…

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Lena Saradnik

Lena Saradnik was elected to Arizona House of Representatives in 2007. In 2004 Saradnick was elected to Democratic Precinct Committee person. Prior to her involvement as a Legislator, Saradnick was a former University of Arizona Director of Special Projects-CHIP/Program in Integrative Medicine, International Tourism Marketing. In office Saradnick was part of the Government, Health and…

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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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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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Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano was elected Arizona’s 21st governor in 2002. During her administration she focused on education, economy, and the environment. Prior to this election Napolitano was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as U.S Attorney for District of Arizona. She was later elected to be attorney general for Arizona, and became the first woman…

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Jackie Thrasher

Jackie Thrasher was elected to Arizona House of Representative for District 10 in 2007. At this time she was awarded Legislative Partner Award from the Arizona Business and Education Coalition. Thrasher her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, and went on to teach in the Phoenix area.   How Jackie has Helped Arizona As a…

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Ginny Dickey

Ginny Dickey has been a Town Council member since 2006 and been very involved with development of the first-ever comprehensive environmental policy for the Town. She served on the Fountain Hills School Board from 1994 to 2002 including two years as president. She is co-founder of the Fountain Hills Democratic Club, was a delegate to…

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2005

Karin Uhlich

Karin Uhlich serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Economic Integrity, a non-profit research and advocacy organization. Prior to moving to Tucson, Uhlich served as Congressional Aide to U.S. Representative Howard Wolpe and Executive Director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Once in Tucson she served as and Executive Director of Primavera…

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2004

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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