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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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