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Lupe Chavira Contreras
State Senator - District 19
Democratic
I have been honored to represent LD19 since my election to the House in 2012. I'm not a career politician and I've never had a big political machine behind me - I'm a regular guy with a job and a family trying to make ends meet, but my family has lived in the West Valley since my grandparents were young and I understand and love my community. I am the lucky husband of the beautiful Sara Violeta Contreras and proud father of six wonderful children. I first ran for the Legislature because my family was increasingly frustrated with the state of public education. Nationwide, we consistently rank dead last in per pupil spending, and our property tax-based school funding system lends itself to dramatic inequities across school districts. By prioritizing education, we will strengthen our communities and attract quality jobs to our state. In addition to education issues, my top priorities are to encourage economic development, promote access to affordable healthcare - particularly for women and children, and defend the civil rights and equality of all Arizonans. I have been honored to serve, and will continue to work to make Arizona the best state to live, work, and raise a family.

Devin Del Palacio
State Representative - District 19
Democratic
http://www.devinforaz.com/
My name is Devin Del Palacio, I'm an educator, a parent, and a neighbor. As Vice President of the Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board, I am running for the state legislature to see a change within a community that's yours as much as it is mine. I'm not a politician, I'm a community organizer, who will bring to the state legislature a voice that's not only for the community, but from the community. The West Valley has been my home and the place where I chose to raise my family for over 12 years. It has been the community where I built the foundation of my civic work by advocating for children and working families. I began my service within the community by increasing voter diversity by registering over 34,000 new voters into the 2012 election cycle. Throughout my time here, I've focused on changing the life outcomes for the youth within our community by increasing graduation rates, reducing amounts of suspensions, and lowering high school dropout rates among at risk youth. If I make it to the state legislature, I will make it a point to bring an educator's approach and care to the state of Arizona.

Diego Espinoza
State Representative - District 19
Democratic
Jose "Diego" Espinoza represents Legislative District 19 in the Arizona House of Representatives. His district serves residents of Avondale, Tolleson, and West Phoenix. Currently, Representative Espinoza serves on the Military, Veterans & Regulatory Affairs Committee, Rules Committee and as a ranking member on the Commerce Committee. Additionally, Representative Espinoza is Co-Chair of the Latino Caucus. Representative Espinoza is very active in national, regional, and community associations and was recently appointed as executive board member to the NHCSL. He is a former Tolleson City Council Member and Vice Mayor. Additionally, he holds memberships in the Hispanic Elected Officials, League of Arizona Cities and Town, and Hispanic Forum de Oeste. Representative Espinoza is the owner of Fuego Mexican Grill & Cantina. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Ottawa University and an Associate of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Estrella Mountain Community College. He holds a Total Quality Management Certificate from Estrella Mountain Community College.

Lorenzo Sierra
State Representative - District 19
Democratic
http://www.sierraforaz.com/
Elected to Avondale's City Council, Lorenzo Sierra brings trusted leadership and proven results to LD19 residents. His voting record demonstrates his commitment to creating new jobs and bringing businesses to the district; protecting neighborhoods and increasing resources for first responders; and building a vibrant, diverse community by increasing housing starts and improving community resources. Lorenzo's leadership was key in Avondale receiving the national "All American City" award. He also led efforts to bring back the annual Billy Moore Days celebration. The son of a Vietnam veteran and copper miner, Lorenzo comes from humble roots. He came up through the public school system and was the first in his family to graduate from college. As a result, Lorenzo makes education a key initiative, raising funds to deliver 4,000 books to West Valley schools. He also hosts a free monthly gathering for teachers to enhance professional skills. Lorenzo's leadership includes volunteer board service with the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Canyon State Credit Union, Chicanos por la Causa, and other social service and economic development non-profits. He says, "I'm running for the Arizona House of Representatives to deliver on the promise of the American Dream for those in my community."

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