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Juan Mendez
State Senator - District 26
Democratic
http://www.mendezforarizona.com
For six years as your public servant in the Arizona Legislature, I have fought to restore integrity and accountability in state government. As an unapologetic progressive, I have advocated for rebuilding and strengthening a social safety net of resources and opportunities that serve our community, including our public education system. Having grown up in poverty, I know firsthand that individual success coincides with public investment in education, infrastructure, health, transportation, economic stability and public safety. We are at a critical moment in history. Arizona is on the verge of becoming a majority-minority state, and yet our Latino youth continue to fall behind at devastatingly high rates. By not addressing the educational achievement gap head on, we are facing one of the gravest threats to our state's future economy. As the Chair of the Latino Caucus, I have worked to ensure that we tackle this crisis. In my experience at the Arizona legislature, the number one barrier to moving Arizona forward for all of us is the influence of big money in elections. This is why I am running clean with Athena Salman and Isela Blanc as your Clean Elections Team in District 26. Please vote for all three.

Debbie Nez Manuel
State Senator - District 26
Democratic
https://electdebbieazsenate.com/
Let's prepare for tomorrow, together. I'm a mother of three children, a social worker, school's parent advisory committee chair, founder of a nonprofit, and a board member for many respected community organizations. As a professional social worker and as a Native American woman, my deep rooted principles and values will make a positive difference. My fiscal view is this: let's prepare for our future by prioritizing tax dollars, today, to support education, public safety, natural resources. Our children should never pay the price for special interest tax breaks. I agree with my district voters: we must responsibly increase resources for the things we value most, including education. I'll focus on increasing transparency and accountability with education spending "”from charter schools to universities. Violence, excessive force, and bullying are public safety issues that directly impact our schools, and these will be prioritized. Together, we'll improve our economy while finding solutions to our limited water supply, carbon emissions, and food production. If you elect me, I will focus on developing long-term solutions through diverse stakeholder groups that practice inclusive policy making, implementing sensible economic solutions, and protecting our environment. Learn more at https://www.electdebbieazsenate.com. I respectfully ask for your vote.

Rebecca Speakman
State Senator - District 26
Republican
http://rspeakman.com/
I am a wife, mother, and small business owner who lives and works in the heart of Historic Downtown Mesa. I am a graduate of Mesa High School and have found joy in serving the community of Mesa and its surrounding areas my entire adult life. For as long as I can remember, I've had a strong interest in politics. That interest once began and ended with the desire to educate myself on our local, state, and federal political processes in an effort to be a well-informed voter, but more recently my political interests have grown. I am seeking the office of State Senator for LD26 because I want to serve the people of Arizona and more specifically, the people within our legislative district. I want to utilize my skills as an attentive listener and a cooperative problem solver to do what so many elected officials before me have failed to do: To set aside our political differences and look beyond the restrictions of our party lines in order to act in the best interests of our entire constituency.

Isela Blanc
State Representative - District 26
Democratic
http://www.IselaBlanc.com
Arizona ranks at the bottom when it comes to teacher salaries, per-pupil spending, and student-teacher ratios. We have a responsibility to continuously improve our education system and to ensure all students have equal opportunity and access to highly qualified teachers, staff and instructional resources. Investments in education result in a highly educated workforce creating greater economic gains, decreased reliance on government services and reduction in criminal activity. I am committed to advocating and pursuing thoughtful, collaborative solutions for programs and policies designed to invest not dis-invest in Arizonans. The first step to build a strong vibrant Arizona requires investing in the well-being of people; improving the health and economic benefits of all will enhance our communities and quality of life. One barrier to moving Arizona forward is the influence of money in elections. I chose to run clean with Juan Mendez and Athena Salman (Your Clean Elections Team in District 26) to represent the people of Arizona, avoiding the influence of special interest money. Please vote for all three.

Athena Salman
State Representative - District 26
Democratic
http://www.salmanforarizona.com
Growing up in a multiethnic family in Arizona, I developed a deep appreciation for our country's shared history and future potential. Like many of my fellow Americans, my experiences taught me resiliency, diligence, and the importance of community. I am best known for tirelessly working to advance the rights of vulnerable populations by standing up to powerful institutions. Most recently my bill, HB2222, inspired national outrage over the inadequate supply of feminine hygiene products for women in prison, leading to an immediate policy change within the Department of Corrections. This fits a long history of advocacy for working families, students, women, children and immigrants before I was elected. I have received multiple acclaims for my work, including the City of Tempe's MLK Diversity Award. I am a first generation college graduate, finishing Magna Cum Laude at Arizona State University with two Bachelors of Science in Economics and Political Science. I was elected to the House of Representatives in 2016. I am seeking re-election as a part of your District 26 Clean Elections Team alongside Senator Juan Mendez and Rep. Isela Blanc because we will fight the corrupting influence of dirty money. I ask for your vote for Mendez, Salman, and Blanc.

Raymond Speakman
State Representative - District 26
Republican
http://www.rspeakman.com
As a father and grandfather my first priority is education and make sure it is sustainably funded and teachers receive the increase in salaries they have been promised. And work with the colleges and university that is within LD 26 to make them accessible to all who desire to get an education. As a businessman, I have a desire to improve the business climate so jobs and job training is available to all. As a public servant, I have a want to understand the needs and desires of those I serve and strive to fulfill those needs and desires.

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