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Discussion 4 Democracy: Kirsten Engel, Daniel Hernandez, and Avery Anderson for CD6

Discussion 4 Democracy: Kirsten Engel, Daniel Hernandez, and Avery Anderson for CD6

Join our Discussion 4 Democracy series as we sit down, in person, with Democratic candidates running for Congressional District 6!

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If you can’t attend in person, you can watch live at

What does the Congressional Representative of AZ CD6 do?

The House of Representatives serves as the most direct form of representation for the American public due to the proportional ratio of American citizens to U.S. Representatives.

It is the duty of the representative from Congressional District 6 to introduce bills, offer amendments and be the voice of their constituency on the House floor and in committee.

The new CD6 covers the eastern half of Pima County including voters from the edge of our southern border and up to the San Carlos reservation.

Who are the Democratic candidates?

Avery Anderson never intended to go into politics after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder’s engineering problem. However, after a few years in the professional world developing new strategies to implement wind energy and as a lead engineer for Raytheon here in Tucson, he made the choice to move towards public service. Avery wants to draw on his experience in the energy and defense industry in order to bring a young, data-driven voice to Congress.

After being named a national hero for his service on the day of the tragic attempt on Gabby Giffords life, Daniel Hernandez continued his commitment to public service by advocating for reproductive rights and later serving as a state representative. During his tenure in the Arizona legislature he has fought for the expansion of affordable healthcare and advocated for the LGBTQ+ community. Daniel is running for Congress to continue to fight for progressive values while working across the aisle to get real results for the people of Southern Arizona.

Kirsten Engel is a legislator, professor, activist and mom who currently serves in the Arizona Senate and as the Associate Dean and Director of the Environmental Law Program for the University of Arizona. As a legislator with experience in environmental and administrative law, she has fought against Republican education cuts to ensure Arizona’s public schools are fully-funded and worked to protect Arizona’s natural resources from environmental degradation. She now wants to bring this fight to the US House of Representatives where she plans to make healthcare more affordable, build an economy that works for all Arizonans and protect our environment from the dangers of climate change.

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Event Instructions

Please do not arrive before 12:30pm. We will be unable to access the classroom until then, and we want to make sure that people do not have to be out in the heat longer than necessary.

Our event will be taking place in the Steward Observatory, NOT the Annex. Specifically we will be in Room N210 which is located just east of the observatory’s white dome. You cannot access the classroom by walking through the Steward Observatory building. You must walk outside to the east side of the white dome and then look for the entrance to Room N210.

We will be asking all attendees to wear masks and to keep at least one empty seat between them and others.


There are two main options for parking: Second St Garage and Cherry Garage. Parking is free on the weekends in the garages. If you try to park in one of the permit lots next to the observatory, you may end up getting a parking ticket.


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Discussion 4 Democracy:  NOW VIRTUAL!! Marco Lopez for Governor

Discussion 4 Democracy: NOW VIRTUAL!! Marco Lopez for Governor

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Join our Discussion 4 Democracy series as we sit down, in person, with Democratic candidates running for Arizona Governor!

What does the Governor do?

The Governor of Arizona is the highest state office in Arizona and has an assortment of essential duties. As the head of the executive branch, the governor must implement and enforce state laws.

The governor also works indirectly with the Arizona legislature by submitting state budget proposals and approving or vetoing laws. The governor is the Commander in Chief of the state’s National Guard and oversees the selection of political appointees.

Who are the Democratic candidates?

Katie Hobbs’ public service work started in the social sector, where she provided resources for victims of domestic abuse. As a first hand witness to a broken system, Katie ran for the Arizona House and won, subsequently moving up the ladder from the House, to the Senate, to the Senate Minority Leader and finally to the Secretary of State. It was this position that made Katie Hobbs a household name, as she delivered a trustworthy and secure 2020 election for Arizona voters despite GOP attacks at every step along the way. Hobbs wants to continue fighting for Arizona as governor by creating quality jobs and strengthening the education system to ensure Arizona’s prosperity for years to come. (As of 5/18/22, Katie Hobbs will not be joining the forum)

Lieberman has dropped out of the race. Before Aaron Lieberman was ever an elected official, he headed two non-profits that helped nearly 1 million young children get better prepared for school. After being elected to represent the people of Arizona’s District 28, he aimed to bring his business knowledge and problem solving skills to the Arizona Legislature. During his tenure fought for Covid-19 relief funding, community college scholarships and more. Arron wants to continue his dedication to Arizona as governor by strengthening the economy, properly funding our public schools and protecting the environment through conservation and the development of renewable energy infrastructure.

Marco Lopez started his political career after he was elected mayor of his hometown, Nogales AZ at only 22 years old. Marco went on to serve as the Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce and then as a security official for the Obama Administration. Since then, Marco has been running his own business which to date, has brought high speed internet to 1 million low income families and is on track to create 15,000 jobs right here in Arizona. Marco has a strong belief in the American Dream, and believes he can make this dream a reality in Arizona by addressing voter suppression, investing in education and the economy and protecting Arizona’s precious natural resources.

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Discussion 4 Democracy: Superintendent of Public Instruction (Virtual)

Discussion 4 Democracy: Superintendent of Public Instruction (Virtual)

Join our Discussion 4 Democracy series as we virtually sit down with our Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction!

What is the Superintendent of Public Instruction?

The Superintendent of Public Instruction oversees Arizona’s public school system and leads the Department of Education. It is the Superintendent’s responsibility to distribute public school funding, aid schools in complying with laws and policies, and to serve on statewide public education boards.

Who is Kathy Hoffman?

Kathy Hoffman has served as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2019. She is a former public school teacher and speech-language pathologist, becoming the first educator to lead the Arizona Department of Education in over 20 years at the time of her appointment.

It is her goal as State Superintendent to support students and advocate for public schools and educators. She wants to achieve this by increasing school funding and access to mental health services for students, expanding digital access in urban and rural communities, and recruiting qualified educators.

In her time as Superintendent, she has created the Educator Recruitment and Retention Teams within the Department of Education, invested $21 million into hiring school counselors and social workers, and repealed the discriminatory “no promo homo” law.


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Discussion 4 Democracy: Adrian Fontes and Reginald Bolding for Secretary of State

Discussion 4 Democracy: Adrian Fontes and Reginald Bolding for Secretary of State

Join our Discussion 4 Democracy series as we sit down, in person, with Democratic candidates running for Arizona Secretary of State!

What does the Secretary of State do?

The Arizona Secretary of State’s office is charged with a number of important state functions and, like lieutenant governors in other states, the Secretary of State is first in line to succeed the Governor in the event that they cannot hold the office themselves.

One of the most notable duties of the Secretary of State’s office is administrating trustworthy, secure elections. They increase voter engagement through voter registration efforts and build trust in our election process by certifying voting devices, verifying election results and overseeing campaign financing.

The Secretary of State also works hand in hand with the business community by recording business partnerships in Arizona and registering trade names and trademarks.

Who are the Democratic candidates?

 Reginald Bolding defied the odds as a first generation college student and was elected as a State Representative for District 27 in 2015. Since then, he has spearheaded the efforts in the state legislature to fight back against the GOP’s voter suppression efforts, been the voice of overlooked communities in Arizona and become the Democratic Leader in the State House. Bolding also co-founded the largest Black-led voting rights and community engagement organizations in the state, Arizona Coalition for Change. Bolding plans to use these experiences to protect the voting rights of every Arizonan and make the election process more transparent.

After serving his country as a United States Marine, Adrian Fontes started his professional career by practicing law for 15 years. After being a firsthand witness to voter suppression efforts in the 2016 election, Fontes decided to take action by running for, and being elected to, the office of the Maricopa County Recorder. While in office, Fontes oversaw record voter registration and turnout in Maricopa County, even in the midst of Covid-19, and efforts from far right extremists to overturn the election results. As Secretary of State Adrian wants to ensure that every eligible Arizonan has the ability to exercise their fundamental right to vote.

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Discussion 4 Democracy | Corporation Commission Recording

Watch our virtual sit down with Corporation Commission candidate Lauren Kuby; Sandra Kennedy was unfortunately not able to make it. Please make sure that you tell your family and friends to vote for both Commissioner Kennedy AND candidate Kuby this year!

Discussion 4 Democracy: Lauren Kuby and Sandra Kennedy for Corporation Commission (Virtual)

Discussion 4 Democracy: Lauren Kuby and Sandra Kennedy for Corporation Commission (Virtual)

Join the first of our Discussion 4 Democracy series as we virtually sit down with Democratic candidates running for the Corporation Commission!

What is the Corporation Commission?

The Arizona Corporation Commission, established in Article 15 of the Arizona Constitution, is the office in charge of regulating utilities, securities, and railroad and pipeline safety. It is the Commission’s responsibility to provide safe, reliable, and affordable utilities for the public. Decisions made by the Corporation Commission affect every Arizonan, every single day.

Who are the Democratic candidates?

 Sandra Kennedy was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008 on a platform in support of solar energy and consumer advocacy. She was later re-elected in 2018 on a platform of combating corruption within the Commission. Before her time as a Commissioner, she served as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives and the Arizona State Senate.

    Lauren Kuby is a two-term council member, former vice mayor of Tempe, and a senior sustainability scientist at Arizona State University. She is an advocate for fair, equitable worker protections as well as social, economic, and environmental justice. She led Tempe’s Dark Money ballot initiative and created the Tempe Sustainability Commission.

Together, Kennedy and Kuby want to put a stop to corruption within the Corporation Commission to protect Arizonans from price increases and environmentally dangerous practices.

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