Andres Cano is a Special Staff Assistant to District 5 Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias (http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=8347). This is his first bid for political office.
“Andrés Cano is a Democratic candidate for the third legislative district in the Arizona State House of Representatives.
Raised by a single mom, Andrés saw a path for advancement in Arizona’s public schools, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. He has spent the last 10 years working to advance equity, fairness, and opportunity for Southern Arizonans from all walks of life.
Andrés, a sixth generation Arizonan, vowed to serve his community as a young child after witnessing his grandmother succumb to an occupational lung disease. Andrés got his first summer job with Pima County at age 14. Six years later, he returned from college to serve as an aide to Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías, becoming the youngest policy advisor in County government.
In 2016, the Center for the Future of Arizona named Andrés its ‘Emerging Leader.’ The award is given to a public servant who has the potential to have an impact on Arizona’s future for generations to come. Andrés became the first Latino, and the youngest, awardee in the organization’s history.”
• Honorary Chair, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Planning Committee, 2012-present
• Vice Chair, Planned Parenthood Arizona Board of Directors, 2013-2017
• Chair, Legislative District 3 Democratic Committee, 2014-2017
• Member, Board of Directors, City Center for Collaborative Learning, 2017- present
• Council Member, President’s LGBTQ Advisory Council, University of Arizona, 2015-present
• Member, Board of Directors, Literary Connect, 2018- present
• Henry “Hank” Oyama Community Leadership Award, Amistades, Inc., 2014
• Emerging Leader, Equality Arizona, 2016
• Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Leader Award, Center for the Future of Arizona, 2016
• ‘40 Under 40’ Recipient, 2017, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & the Arizona Daily Star
Carolyn’s note: There will be two open seats in LD 3 House, as Rep. Sally Gonzales is running for LD 3 Senate, and Rep. Macario Saldate is retiring. Three candidates seeking these two seats: LD 3 Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford (termed out in the Senate), Andres Cano, and Alma Hernandez (sister to LD 2 Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr.), also a political newcomer.