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 Russellis 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 was born in Mobile, Alabama and was a teacher and housing mediator. A Democrat, he served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1979 to 1981. He moved to Arizona and ran against McCain in 2015 but later withdrew from that race. He believes to win elections, the Democratic Party must offer the individual voter an election-year Democratic Party that correctly reflects the Party’s true principles and values—the enhancement of the freedom, dignity, security, and happiness of the individual. (No website)
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.)