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Lupe Chavira Contreras - Democrat
I have been honored to represent Legislative District 19 since my election to the House of Representatives 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 for 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.
Mark Cardenas - Democrat
Representative Mark Cardenas proudly served his country in Iraq and represents the families and neighborhoods of Legislative District 19 in the state House of Representatives. He fought hard for increased funding for schools, to expand access to Medicaid for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans, to get our veterans back to work, and to bring more jobs to all Arizonans. Before serving his community in the House, he served as a sergeant in the Army Reserves and managed a multi-million dollar budget. As a commissioner on the city of Phoenix’s Estrella Village planning committee, he is responsible for reviewing zoning and land use proposals to promote sustainable neighborhood growth. As a seasoned legislator, he brings fresh vision and insight to the lawmaking process to ensure we do not answer tomorrow’s questions with yesterday’s answers or unfairly burden future generations.
Jose Diego Espinoza - Democrat
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 commerce committee and the banking and financial services committee. Additionally, Representative Espinoza participates as a member of the Latino caucus. Representative Espinoza is very active in national, regional, and community associations. He is a former Tolleson City council member and vice mayor. In addition, 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 Bar & Grill. Representative Espinoza 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.