Minority Elected Officials in Southern Arizona


Someone asked me recently about who are the minority politicians in Southern Arizona. So here’s my list (which is not comprehensive, as I didn’t list Town of South Tucson nor the Native American tribes – where they are the majority), so please let me know by commenting below if I forgot anyone.

Hispanic  Americans:

Raul Grijalva, CD 3 Congressman

Richard Elias, D 5 Pima County Supervisor

Ramon Valadez, D 2 Pima County Supervisor

F. Ann Rodriguez, Pima County Recorder

Olivia Cajero Bedford, LD 3 State Senator

Macario Saldate, LD 3 House

Rosanna Gabaldon, LD 2 House

Daniel Hernandez Jr., LD 2 House

Regina Romero, Ward 1 Councilwoman

Richard Fimbres, Ward 5 Councilman

Luis Gonzales, PCC Governing Bd. (District 5)

Adelita Grijalva, TUSD Governing Board (Raul’s daughter)

Eva Carrillo Dong, Sunnyside School District Governing Board

Robert Jaramillo, Sunnyside Schooil District Governing Board

Beki Quintero, Sunnyside School District Governing Board

Native Americans:

Sally Ann Gonzales , LD 3 House

Asian Pacific Americans:

Satish Hiremath, Mayor of Oro Valley

Sylvia Lee, PCC Governing Board (District 3)

Herb Kai, Town of Marana Councilman

LGBTQ community:

Daniel Hernandez Jr. (aforementioned, LD 2 House Rep.)

Karin Uhlich, Ward 3 Councilwoman (outgoing)

Paul Durham, Ward 3 Councilman (incoming)

Demion Clinco, PCC Governing Board (District 2)

Meredith Hay, PCC Governing Board (District 4)

For more info about elected officials in Arizona, refer to the the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson (LWVGT) in their 2017 “A Citizen’s Directory of Elected Officials”:





  1. Dem Minorities running for office in 2018 (so far);
    CD 2 – Mary Matiella
    Matt Heinz, LGBT
    CD 3 – Congressman Raul Grijalva for re-election
    CD 8 – Hiral Tiperneni (immigrant from India) – special election 2/28/18 primary

    LD 2 – Rosanna Gabaldon for re-election in House
    Daniel Hernandez Jr. for re-election in House, LGBT
    LD 3 – Rep. Sally Gonzales for Senate, Betty Villegas for Senate;
    for 2 House seats: Senator Olivia Cajero-Bedford, Andres Cano (LGBT), Alma Hernandez, Maria Garcia
    LD 9 – JP Martin is half Hispanic Am.
    LD 10 Domingo DeGrazia for House (he’s part Native American)
    Cat Ripley for House (she’s half Japanese American)

    Governor – Prof. David Garcia
    Kelly Fryer, LGBT

    Attorney General – January Contreras

    Treasurer – Mark Cardenas

    Corporation Commission – Sandra Kennedy and Kiana Sears (both Black Americans)

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