Why Am I Running?
I want to represent you - the real people of District 4. I am a former public school teacher, a businesswoman, and a native Arizonan, with the time, education, dedication, experience and competence to do the job right. Although District 4 is geographically large, I am accessible to my constituents. Being your state representative is MY FULL TIME JOB and I am active year round to support your interests, not just during the legislative session.
"I am completely dedicated to changing the culture of the Arizona State Legislature
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"I'm a second generation Arizonan. I was born and raised in Yuma. I come from a close-knit farming family with a devotion to education and a history of community service."
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Where I Stand
I will continue to advocate for comprehensive tax reform, one that is fairer to individuals, hard working families, and businesses. I will continue to press for private prison reform and work towards ending private prison expansion. I will continue to fight against the attack on women's health issues and advocate for low income and middle class families.
I believe in people. As your our legislative representative for the past 2 years, I have been working for you, not corporations. I will continue to fight to change the current trend of Arizona politics which panders to corporations, special interest groups and lobbyists, and put hard-working families and education back into the equation. Economic development, job creation and education are priorities.
I believe in fiscal discipline, support for innovation and entrepreneurship, and investment in the knowledge and skills of the work force. Economic development, job creation and quality public education are my top priorities. I believe we must invest in these areas and we can do so in a fiscally responsible manner that still meets budgetary constraints.
Attracting Quality Jobs and Economic Development
By recognizing and investing in Arizona's critical needs, especially in education and infrastructure, we can secure our long term growth and success. We must support our public schools, world class university research programs, and worker training programs in order to attract higher paying wages. I will continue to focus on bringing jobs to rural Arizona and diversifying our economy.
I believe in fiscal discipline, support for innovation and entrepreneurship, and investment in the knowledge and skills of the work force
Attracting capital investment and bringing jobs to our state and District #4 is one of my legislative priorities.
I believe we should fund job training and create incentives to attract high tech and good paying jobs to our state.
I believe in building a stronger coalition between workers, environmentalists, and business people, and I will support legislation aimed at creating more green jobs in our stat
Fighting For Education
Latest estimates show that Arizona ranks LAST in spending per student on education. As a former public school teacher, I see that many of our critical education needs are unmet. We must adequately fund public education and get more dollars into the classroom, reduce class sizes and make college affordable for every Arizona family.
In the past 8 years, Arizona's budgets have withheld hundreds of millions of dollars from public education. School districts must struggle with reduced funding while the state requires more from them. We must adequately fund public education. It is imperative for our future and our economy!
I support public education and a system that attracts and retains high quality teachers.
Keep dollars in the classroom.
Reduce class sizes.
Invest wisely in education.
Make college affordable for our families.
I'm a second generation Arizonan. I was born and raised in Yuma. I come from a close-knit farming family with a devotion to education and a history of community service.
State Representative District 4 - 2013/2014
Ranking Member Technology and Infrastructure Committee
Member of Education Committee
Democratic Caucus Rural Liason
Native American Caucus
Master's Degree in International Public Administration from Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA.
Bachelor's Degree in International Policy Studies from Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA.
L'Universite' Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers, Maine et Loire, France
La Universidad Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
Lived in five countries on four continents and speak five languages:
English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Chinese.
Real Estate Agent
Language Arts Teacher, Crane School District
International Flight Attendant and Instructor of Cross-Cultural Communications at American Airlines.
Partner in an import/export business selling refurbished medical equipment to Third World countries.
International Affairs Specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Department of Commerce, organizing international conferences and R&D programs relating to weather, environmental and oceanographic issues.
English professor at the Guilin Geology Institute in China PRC.
Organizations and Volunteer Work History:
National Association of Realtors
Yuma Association of Realtors
Democratic precinct chairperson
Rotary Club charter member
APFA union member
Organized and implemented a non-profit English language program for refugees in the Washington, DC area.
Volunteer translator for humanitarian work along the northern border of Mexico.
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Arizona Academy of Family Physicians
Arizona Academy of Physicians
Arizona Association of Realtors
Arizona Cattlemen's Association
Arizona Education Association
Arizona Farm Bureau
Arizona Fraternal Order of Police
Arizona Technology Council
Arizona Women's Caucus
Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona
Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association
Lisa OtondoFor Arizona House of Representatives
Legislative District #4