2018 Recommended Candidates

Arizona List celebrates all pro-choice Democratic women candidates.  Being a Recommended Candidate means that we are keeping a close eye on this candidate as her campaign shows promise.  She shares our Democratic values, she is well qualified and we are excited she is running for office.

Kathy Hoffman – Superintendent of Public Instruction

Kathy Hoffman is a dedicated educator who is committed to improving educational achievement for all of Arizona’s students. She currently works as a speech therapist in the Peoria Unified School District and has spent her entire professional career in our public schools. Her passion for education arrives from personal experience in a diverse array of…

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Solange Whitehead – Scottsdale City Council

In 1996 Solange Whitehead came to Scottsdale, intended to stay for “just six months”, fell in love and never left. She running for Scottsdale City Council to preserve the charm and quality of life of her community. Solange is an electrical engineer, real estate investor, and executive director of the Environmental Fund for Arizona. Her…

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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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Kathy Mohr-Almeida, LD 25 Senate

Dr. Kathy Mohr-Almeida is a teacher of traditional healing at Prescott College, and an owner of a private holistic healing practice. In the course of pursuing her doctorate, Kathy many parts of North and South America. During her research she studied with curanderos (traditional folk healers in South America and Spain), as well as traditional…

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Denise Link – LD 24 House

Denise Link is a women’s health nurse practitioner and a clinical professor at ASU, with over 43 years of experience as a nurse and 35 years experience teaching. Throughout her distinguished career she has championed access to healthcare for low income communities, and the expansion and improvement of community health programs. Her years as a…

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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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Teri Sarmiento – LD 22 House

Teri Sarmiento is a 2nd generation Arizonan and west-side native. Raised by a teacher and a civil servant, Teri has always carried a deep commitment to giving back to her community. Throughout her career, Teri has been successful at bringing people together for a common purpose. She’s collaborated with entrepreneurs, educators and business leaders in…

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Valerie Harris – LD 22 House

An Arizona resident for over 50 years, Valerie Harris is a graduate of Camelback High School and Rio Salado College. She worked for American Express for 37 years, supporting the success of businesses large and small. Her successes with teams of all sizes included many complex and diverse local and global business initiatives.   Now…

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Mendy Gomez – LD 14 Senate

Mendy Gomez is a special education teacher, mentor, and activist. After 10 years of education advocacy, she decided to take the next step and embark on a second career as a teacher. For the past four years she has enjoyed every moment spent in her classroom. Now she’s ready for her next career as LD…

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Michelle Harris – LD 13 Senate

The daughter of an IBEW lineman for APS, Michelle was raised in Buckeye, Arizona. She spent summers on her family’s Iowa farm, graduated from Buckeye Union High School in 1988, and enlisted in the Air Force in 1990. Michelle spent nearly 22 years as a Russian and Serbian linguist. Aboard the Air Force’s premier reconnaissance…

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Lynsey Robinson, LD 12 House

Lynsey Robinson is an attorney and a 2018 Democratic candidate seeking election to the State House of Representatives. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Lynsey is a former DREAMer who is committed to serving her community. While in law school, Lynsey participated in one of the largest immigration fairs in Phoenix, Arizona to help DREAMers complete and…

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Elizabeth Brown – LD 12 Senate

As a mother, grandmother, wife and 37-year resident of Arizona, Elizabeth Brown loves this state and believes we can do better. Elizabeth comes from a family of educators. Her father was the superintendent of several school districts in Ohio, as well as the Ajo Unified District in Arizona. Her mother was a school librarian who…

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Nikki Lee – LD 10 House

Nikki Lee is an Air Force veteran, STEM professional, wife and mother of 3. She first arrived at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base 14 years ago, after completing her tour in South Korea. Nikki earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees from American Military University., and spent the first 16 years of her career working in technology…

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Catherine Ripley – LD 10 House

Catherine Ripley is a retired U.S. Naval Officer with over 25 years of service to her country. As a diplomat she served at two different U.S. Embassies abroad for Defense Cooperation in The Hague, as well as for the Defense Intelligence Agency as the Defense Attaché in Madagascar. After retirement she held an executive leadership…

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Natali Fierros-Bock – LD 8 Senate

Natali Fierros-Bock is an educator, actor, wife, mother, and fourth-generation Arizonan. In her career as a public school educator, Natali has worked as both an elementary and middle school teacher. She has experienced first-hand the struggles facing Arizona’s teachers, students and schools. Natali is ready to take on the problems plaguing our system and create better…

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Sharon Girard – LD 8 Senate

Sharon Girard has spent over thirty years as a physician’s assistant, working with Planned Parenthood, rural and migrants health clinics, and emergency departments. As a volunteer in free clinics she worked closely with women, men and families who had no health insurance, or not enough.Their stories and struggles spurred Sharon to political advocacy and action.…

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Betty Villegas – LD 3 Senate

Betty Villegas is an Arizona native and a third generation Tucsonense. She recently retired after 17 years of service with Pima County. As the Affordable Housing Program Manager, Betty created and ran foreclosure prevention education and payment assistance programs. A lifelong voice for vulnerable populations, Betty is running for LD 3 Senate to represent and…

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