Press release from Professor Kirsten Engel:
Kirsten Engel, a professor at the University of Arizona College of Law and the former Academic Dean, has launched her campaign for State Representative for Arizona Legislative District 10. A Democrat, Engel is running for the seat that will be vacated by House Minority Whip Bruce Wheeler with his endorsement.
“I have been honored to serve LD 10 and to fight for Southern Arizona. Kirsten Engel is a fantastic choice to continue my work” said Wheeler. “Kirsten is a highly qualified candidate whose passion for public education and the environment, together with her legal know-how and proven leadership abilities, will be great assets to the District.”
Asked why she decided to run for the State House, Engel was matter-of-fact: “The State is facing a crisis in education; from K-12, to JTED, to community colleges, to our world-renowned Universities. As the mom of a child in public school, as a lawyer and as a university teacher, I felt I could represent the interests of those most disadvantaged by the Republican legislature’s failure to fund education adequately. I’m running to make the case that an investment in education means a better economy for all Arizonans.”
Engel lives in Tucson with her husband Scott Saleska, who also teaches at the University of Arizona, their 11-year old daughter, and two dogs, Gracie and Zoey. Kirsten’s parents live down the street.
“I’m excited to use my skills and passion to make a difference for kids and working families here in Southern Arizona,” Engel said. “Tucson has become our family’s home; there’s so much we can do in Arizona if we had better leadership.” Engel recently served as the Academic Dean of the University’s Law College, a position she used to help expand programs and opportunities for students.
Engel is just as passionate about the environment, extolling the necessity of protecting our water and landscapes, and the opportunity for using Arizona’s natural resource of sunny skies to build an economic future in sustainable energy. “We all know that our future living in the desert requires us to preserve and enhance our state’s resources. This is serious business; we can’t afford to wait.”
Engel’s official campaign kickoff is Friday January 22nd, for details or to learn more about her candidacy and stance on the issues you can visit www.EngelForArizona.com. Email is email@example.com, FB page :https://www.facebook.com/EngelForArizona/?fref=ts
Carolyn’s note: Current LD 10 House rep. Bruce Wheeler will not be seeking re-election. The other LD 10 House Rep. Stefanie Mach is seeking re-election. Activist Courtney Frogge has already announced her candidacy, so there will be three candidates (so far) in the August 30, 2016 Democratic primary for these 2 House seats.