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 will be accessible to my constituents. Being your state representative will be MY FULL TIME JOB and I will be active year round to support your interests, not just during the legislative session.

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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 advocate for comprehensive tax reform, one that is fairer to individuals, hard working families, and businesses. I will press for private prison reform and work towards ending private prison expansion. I will fight against the attack on women's health issues and advocate for low income and middle class families.

I believe in people. Your legislative representative should be working for you, not corporations. It is time 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 we must invest in these areas and we can do so in a fiscally responsible manner that still meets budgetary constraints.

Economic Development and Jobs

  • 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 will be 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 state.


  • As a former teacher, I know that public education is NOT just an abstract political issue. Arizona is ranked 46th in the United States for its K-12 education system, according to Education Weekly. Public education MUST become a priority in Arizona!

  • In the past 3 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.


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.

Educational Experience:

  • 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.

Professional Experience:

  • 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.

Informative Links:

Lisa Otondo

For Arizona House of Representatives
Legislative District #4
Clean Elections Candidate