State of The State, a Democratic Perspective


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Announcement from the Democrats of the Red Rocks in Sedona:


State of the State: An open forum of Arizona legislators and concerned citizens

the environment, and health care are three of the hottest issues in
Arizona today. Some Sedona residents have put together an event at the
Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley on Sunday, June 9 3:00
pm that will give a perspective from four currently serving members of
the Arizona Legislature.

         Senator Katie Hobbs counts Phoenix as her home and
has a Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University and a
Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. She has been a
professional social worker since 1992. Prior to being elected to the
legislature, she worked in the areas of domestic violence, behavioral
health, and homelessness. She is currently the Executive Director of
Emerge Arizona, the premiere political training program for Democratic

Avondale attorney Martin Quezada serves District 29 in the Arizona
House of Representatives and was appointed to serve in 2012 to fill a
vacant seat. Direct from his bio on the legislative website, Martín has
been a community activist for several years and serves on numerous
boards and commissions in the community including the ASU Los Diablos
Latino Alumni Association, the Maryvale Village Planning Committee, the
West Phoenix Revitalization Community Advisory Board and the Los
Abogados Hispanic Bar Association Board of Directors. He was named as
one of the Univision Radio/AZ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Top 40
Hispanic Leaders

Mae Peshlakai is a representative from District 7 and hails from
Cameron, just “up the road on HWY 89 north of Flagstaff. She lists her
occupation as a not for profit indigenous agricultural outreach worker
for the US Department of Agriculture and the Navajo Nation. Peshlakai
was born in Tuba City and is a U.S Army veteran.

Peshlakai said, “In 1904, two of my great grandfathers, Chishi Nez and
Beshlagaii Atsidii, met with President Theodore Roosevelt to negotiate
the annexation of the western part of the Navajo Nation to protect it
from settlers. My grandfather and my father devoted much of their lives
to serving as tribal officials; I respect and value this legacy in
public service.”

         The fourth Arizona legislator attending the Sedona forum is Stephanie
Mach is from District 10.  She serves in the Arizona House of
Representatives on the appropriations and commerce committees.

age seventeen, Stefanie Mach was faced with a traumatic car accident
that left her with many injuries. After the events of September 11th,
she dedicated a year of service to our country with AmeriCorps NCCC
(National Civilian Community Corps). In that year, Stefanie responded to
a flood disaster with the American Red Cross, taught elementary school
children, built part of the Appalachian Trail, maintained a wildlife
reserve, and helped construct five houses with Habitat for Humanity. She
now runs a small business helping build and sustain non-profit
organizations,” according to the Progressive Majority website

         Her 2012 campaign website cited her Master degree in Public Policy from Brown University.

Democrats of the Red Rocks

Stephen Williamson, Pres.
P. O. Box 1165
Sedona, AZ 86339-1165