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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

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration on May 7


May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (aka as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month). Celebrate with our diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities. As an Asian American (of Japanese origin) born and raised in Hawaii (50th U.S. State), I share several cultures. My paternal grandparents the Sugiyamas, arrived from Hiroshima, Japan to the Kingdom of Hawaii in June, 1892 before it was overthrown by U.S. businessmen in 1893.

Join us in celebrating our many Asian and Pacific cultural heritages, and view the travelling Smithsonian exhibit “I Want the Wide American Earth” which is at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center till the end of May, 2016.

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Asian Pacific American Smithsonian exhibit: “I Want the Wide American Earth” coming to Tucson


“I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story” was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibition is supported by a grant from the W.K.Kellogg Foundation and is a set of large panels about Asian Pacific American history. It will be at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center through May 29, 2016.

Desert Leaf magazine (March 2016, pages 42-47)  had a good article about what Asian Pacific Americans have endured in America:  http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/publication/?m=12024&l=1. As a former Legislative Aide to the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) I know this story well.

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