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 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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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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Mary McCord Robinson – LD 5 House

Mary McCord Robinson grew up in small rural towns, and knows that small towns can often feel left out when it comes to state politics.  She is running for the legislature to make sure that the voice of rural Arizona is heard. Mary spent her career in business management and consulting. She retired in 2015…

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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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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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Wendy Garcia – LD 22 Senate

Wendy Garcia is a mother, activist, and 6-year resident of Surprise. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of Indivisible Surprise, a grassroots progressive political activism group. As an experienced broadcaster, Wendy has used her voice to speak out on important issues, and connect meaningfully with members of Congress and members of her community. As a…

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Jo Craycraft – LD 1 Senate

A Prescott resident since 2014, Jo Craycraft was born in California and raised in Indiana. Jo earned two degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She enjoyed a long and successful career in law enforcement, including five years on the Tempe police force.  While working as a police officer,…

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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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Sharon Stinard – LD 16 House

Sharon Stinard spent her professional life as a classroom teacher for 22 years. For 20 years she was on the staff of Central Arizona College (CAC), where she coordinated workforce development programming. As a former teacher, Sharon believes education is a pathway to living-wage jobs and sustainable economic growth.  She is guided by the Rotary Club…

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Jennifer Samuels – LD 15 House

Jennifer Samuels is an 8th grade English teacher and Athletic Director at Desert Shadows Middle School in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. During the last eight years, she has worked in the district as a general and special education teacher as well as a parent volunteer and PTA Board Member. Jennifer also has a…

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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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Jan Manolis – LD 1 House

Jan Manolis is an information technology professional and educator. Having spent her childhood summers in the Prescott area, Jan has strong roots in Yavapai County and currently lives in Prescott. She began her career working in information technologies at a time when women were largely excluded from the industry, and through hard work and determination, worked…

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Julie Gunnigle – LD15 House

Julie Gunnigle is a wife, mother, and former prosecutor of politicians. She was raised in LD 15 and attended public schools in the district. She  left Arizona in 2003 to attend Notre Dame Law School, and later  worked for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, prosecuting unscrupulous politicians who used their position to get rich…

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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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Shelley Renné-León – LD 14 House

Originally from Indiana, Shelley Renné-León moved to Arizona in 1989 and has been an Arizonan ever since. Shelley is a mother, health educator, small business owner and activist. Shelley’s desire to serve in public office is inspired by her mother Linda and grandmother Bodie to engage in public service, and motivated by her concern for future…

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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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Carmen Trujillo – Phoenix Elementary School District Governing Board

Carmen Trujillo is a working-class mother, lifelong Phoenician, and community advocate. She grew up in Phoenix’s Garfield neighborhood where her grandmother, Helen Trujillo, worked closely with neighbors and the police to develop a safe and sustainable community. Those experiences taught Carmen the importance of community involvement. Since graduation she has worked in Human Services for the…

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