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2018 Meetings are in the Agua Fria Room of the Cimarron Center
17100 W Clearview Blvd, Surprise, Arizona 85387
Meetings begin at 6:30 PM
Coffee, Cookies and Conversation at 6 PM
On February 28th, the Democratic candidates for the US Senate are invited to speak. We have several who are seeking the position held by Jeff Flake; they are Deedra Abboud, Christopher Russell, Richard Sherzan and Kyrsten Sinema.
Deedra Abboud is a Phoenix-based attorney and founder of the leadership consulting firm, the Global Institute of Solution Oriented Leadership. After 9/11, she launched and served as director of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) from 2001 to 2005. Deedra graduated from Summit Law School in 2012 and practiced immigration and estate planning law for nearly five years before returning to community advocacy work during the 2016 election. http://deedra2018.com
Christopher Russell is an Army veteran, a husband, a father and a small town lawyer. His job has shown him how insurance companies and other large corporations have rigged the law in favor of themselves over ordinary citizens. The foundation of his practice is helping people fight battles they can’t fight themselves. As a rural Arizonan, he understands the diverse character of Arizona lands beyond Maricopa County. www.ChrisRussellForSenate.com
Richard Sherzan Retired (2014)—Administrative Law Judge, Arizona Dept. of Economic Security; J.D. Degree; M.A. Degree, American History; Arizona Community College Classroom Teacher; State Rep., Iowa State Legislature; Polk County, Iowa, Coordinator for Morris K Udall Presidential Campaign; Army Veteran of Vietnam War-- Purple Heart Award, Bronze Star with “V” Device Award (Heroism in Ground Combat, Vietnam), and Honorable Discharge. He also protested the Vietnam War. Sherzan is a life-long Democrat and has lived in Arizona for over 30 years.
Kyrsten Sinema knows what it means to struggle just to meet the most basic needs. For three years, her family lived in an old gas station with no electricity or running water. Sinema became a social worker helping families to cope and grow. She is still committed to helping people succeed. She was elected to the Arizona House and Senate. In 2011, the Arizona Republic said she had “remarkable” ability to “partner with Republicans in both the House and Senate” to pass legislation while remaining a “defender of key Democratic priorities.” As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, she has served the people of Arizona conscientiously since January 2013. http://kyrstensinema.com (Sinema’s participation at the meeting is dependent on the schedule of the US House of Representatives.)
MEET ARIZONA LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES WENDY GARCIA, VALERIE HARRIS & TERI SARMIENTO
Wendy Garcia, candidate for the Arizona Senate, will explain what she intends to accomplish at the State Capitol.
Wendy, a resident of Surprise since 2012, is the Chairwoman for the grassroots political activism group Indivisible Surprise. As an experienced broadcaster, she has used her voice to effectively communicate with both members of Congress and our community. Wendy works for social justice issues, public education and the protection of Medicare and Medicaid. She knows from experience the importance of protecting vulnerable people and promoting equity. She is the single mother of two children, aged 10 and 16.
Valerie Harris and Teri Sarmiento will share their goals for serving in the Arizona House of Representatives:
Valerie moved to Phoenix when she was 9 years old. She graduated from Camelback High School and earned a business degree from Rio Salado College. During her 37-year career with American Express, she identified issues, created and implemented solutions in the face of various obstacles. After retiring, she went to Deer Valley Unified School District supporting the online learning program. She will work to restore funding to our public schools, foster a culture that drives the growth of high paying jobs and create a tax system that is fair to Arizona workers. Valerie and her husband have four children who are raising their own families in the West Valley. (See http://www.harrisforaz.com)
Teri is a second generation Arizonan and a Westside native. Teri successfully collaborated with non-profits and public schools to improve services. She spent the last decade as a small business owner. As a real estate broker who listened to her clients, Teri learned first-hand of the challenges families face. She is concerned that 90% of the working residents of Surprise and Peoria leave the West Valley to work taking sales and gas tax dollars with them. She is the mother of two busy boys, 6 and 8 years old, and wife of Dr. John Sarmiento. (See https://voteteri.com)