Las Adelitas Arizona endorsements for 2018 Primary

Las Adelitas Arizona
For Immediate Release     MEDIA Contact: Laura Enriquez

July 18, 2018                                                          520.358.3331 /


Phoenix, Arizona – Las Adelitas Arizona PAC – a political action committee that encourages Latinas in Arizona to participate in the political process and support progressive issues – today announced their endorsements of several candidates running for office throughout Arizona.


“Today, we are pleased to announce Las Adelitas Arizona PAC’s endorsement of 21 outstanding candidates,” said Las Adelitas Arizona Board Chair Jennifer Allen. “These candidates have all demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of Latinas and their families.”


For the past 12 years, Las Adelitas Arizona PAC has been working to open up the political process for Latinas in Arizona to ensure that political leaders are more reflective of the racially diverse communities they represent.


“In 2018, more than ever, Arizona is poised to elect the most diverse representatives in state history. We at Las Adelitas are proud to endorse candidates who will fight for job equality, health rights, quality education and a government that is open to all,” said Allen. “They are leaders on the critical issues facing our community and we are proud to consider themAdelitas.”


Las Adelitas were the women soldiers who fought along men during the Mexican revolution of 1910. These women sacrificed their lives to fight for and defend their beliefs. Today, the spirit and image of Las Adelitas has come to represent the broader struggles for social justice and equality that Las Adelitas Arizona works for every day by recruiting, educating and mobilizing Latinas to participate in the political process and supporting progressive issues of impact to Latinas in Arizona.

Following are Las Adelitas Arizona’s endorsed candidates:

Las Adelitas PAC Primary Endorsements


U.S. Congress, District 2 – Mary Matiella

U.S. Congress, District 3 – Raul Grijalva

U.S. Congress, District 7 – Ruben Gallego

U.S. Congress, District 8 – Hiral Tipirneni

State Representative, District 2 – Rosanna Gabaldón

State Representative, District 3 – Olivia Cajero Bedford

State Representative, District 3 – Andrés Cano

State Senator, District 3 – Betty Villegas

State Representative, District 4 – Charlene Fernandez

State Representative, District 4 – Geraldine Peten

State Senator, District 7 – Jamescita Peshlakai

State Senator, District 9 – Victoria Steele

State Representative, District 11 – Marcela Quiroz

State Representative, District 26 – Athena Salmon

State Representative, District 26 – Isela Blanc

State Representative, District 27 – Rebecca Rios

State Representative, District 30 – Raquel Terán

Arizona Governor – David Garcia

Arizona Attorney General – January Contreras

Arizona Corporation Commission – Sandra Kennedy

Arizona Corporation Commission – Kiana Sears

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).