Meet your federal candidates

By: 
CARY HINES, Assistant editor
Peoria voters’ primary election ballots will be lengthy.
All residents will see governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, state mine inspector, corporation commissioner, U.S. senator, U.S. representative for District 8 and clerk of the Superior Court on their ballots. Depending on where in Peoria voters live, they will see state senator and representative in District 21 and 22; and justice of the peace and constable in Arrowhead or Manistee Precinct.
Additionally, all voters will see mayor and voters in the Acacia, Palo Verde and Pine districts will see City Council candidates on their ballots.
The primary election is Aug. 28. Any City Council candidate who gets more than 50 percent of the votes will win outright; otherwise a runoff election will be held on Election Day. The top vote getters from each party in the state, federal and legislative races will face off on Election Day, which is Nov. 6 this year.
Early voting for the primary begins Aug. 1. The deadline to mail back early ballots is Aug. 22, and early voting ends Aug. 24.
To register to vote, go to www.arizona.vote/ or servicearizona.com/voterRegistration.
To request an early ballot, go to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/earlyvotingballotrequest.aspx.
To find out which City Council district you live in, visit https://www.peoriaaz.gov/government/mayor-and-city-council.
To find out which federal and legislative district you live in, go to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/getdistrict.aspx.
To find your polling location, go to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/ or https://voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do.
The Peoria Times has compiled brief biographies of the candidates from the Secretary of State’s website as well as candidates’ websites. This issue contains biographies of the federal candidates. Look for bios of the legislative candidates in an upcoming issue.


U.S. Senator

Democrat

Deedra Abboud
Deedra Abboud is a civil rights activist and immigration attorney. Born and raised in Arkansas, Abboud moved to Phoenix in 1998.
She is the founder of the leadership consulting firm the Global Institute of Solution Oriented Leadership. She is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award in Tempe and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award presented by the Human Relations Commission in Phoenix.
After Sept. 11, she launched and served as director for the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) from 2001 to 2005. She was director of the Arizona chapter of the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation, a Washington-based civil rights group, from 2005 to 2009. She has also served on the boards of the Tempe Community Action Agency, Voices for Civil Dialogue and the AZ Coalition on Migrant Rights. She has volunteered for Girls for Change and Interfaith Worker Justice.
In 2009, Abboud entered Summit Law School, graduating in 2012 and practicing immigration and estate planning law for nearly five years before returning to community advocacy work during the 2016 election.
She has been married to Ali Abboud since 1999 and lives in Scottsdale.
 
Kyrsten Sinema
Kyrsten Sinema is the U.S. representative for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District. She was elected in 2012. She previously served in both chambers of the state Legislature, being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004 and the Arizona Senate in 2010.
Born in Tucson, Sinema went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and then Arizona State University, where she now teaches.
While serving in the state Legislature, she passed a law to help veterans get in-state tuition at all Arizona public universities, cracked down on sex trafficking and advocated for children’s health care and education.
 

Republican

Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio had a long career in law enforcement before being elected Maricopa County sheriff in 1992, a position he held for six four-year terms.
After serving in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1953, and as a Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas police officer, Arpaio went on to be a federal narcotics agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. For almost a decade, Arpaio was stationed in foreign countries where he headed the DEA, combatting the drug trade in Turkey, the Middle East, Mexico and Central and South America. He was also a diplomatic attaché. Arpaio later headed the DEA in Arizona and Texas.
In 1993, he started Tent City, which housed 2,000 convicted men and women.
He began an all-volunteer posse of 3,000 members, making it the nation’s largest volunteer posse.
He also launched “Hard Knocks High,” the only accredited high school under a sheriff in an American jail, and ALPHA, an anti-substance-abuse program.
He and his wife, Ava, have been married for more than 56 years and have two children, both living in the Phoenix area, and four grandchildren.

Martha McSally
Col. Martha McSally is a veteran of the United States Air Force and was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron. She retired in 2010 after 26 years. She deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan, flying 325 combat hours and earning a Bronze Star and six air medals.
She was deployed to Saudi Arabia on Sept. 11 and was a part of the leadership team that planned and executed the initial air campaign in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks. She also oversaw combat search-and-rescue operations over Southern Iraq and Afghanistan.
She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District in 2014. She serves on the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees and also chairs the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, the first Arizonan and the first freshman legislator to be given that leadership role.
She gained national attention when she stood up against a military rule that forced U.S. servicewomen deployed to Saudi Arabia to wear full black Muslim garb and headscarf. She fought for eight years against the policies, including litigation against the Department of Defense. Ultimately, she drafted and shepherded legislation that was signed into law that overturned the policies.
She was re-elected in 2016.
During her three years in office, she authored and passed 18 bills; fought for the A-10 Warthog; authored legislation signed by the president that restored the rights for World War II female pilots to have their ashes in Arlington National Cemetery; and authored legislation signed by the president to fast track veterans for jobs at the border to fill vacancies.
She is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. She received her first master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She received her second from the United States Air War College, where she graduated first in her class of 261 senior military officers.
 
Kelli Ward
Kelli Ward is a graduate of Duke University, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and A.T. Still University. While in medical school, she met her husband, Michael. In 1999, they moved to Lake Havasu City where she opened her own private practice, Lakeview Family Healthcare, with her mother, Dr. Lorraine Byrd, for over 10 years. After selling her practice to a community health center, she began work in the emergency departments in Lake Havasu and Kingman.
She was elected to the Arizona state Senate in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. She resigned and ran against John McCain in the 2016 Republican primary for U.S. Senate and was defeated 51 percent to 39 percent.
 

U.S. Representative

District 8

Democrat

Hiral Tipirneni
Dr. Hiral Tipirneni is an emergency room physician and cancer research advocate. At the age of 3, she came to America from India with her family.
She and her husband met at Northeast Ohio Medical University where she earned her degree through an accelerated, competitive program.
After she served as chief resident of the University of Michigan’s Emergency Medicine program, she and her husband moved to Phoenix where she began working in the emergency department at Banner Good Samaritan downtown. She went on to serve in emergency departments at the Maricopa County Medical Center, Banner Thunderbird, and Abrazo Arrowhead hospitals — all while raising three children in the Arrowhead community.
She is on the board of directors for the Maricopa Health Foundation, which supports the county’s public health care delivery system.
After losing both her mother and nephew to cancer, she left emergency medicine to concentrate on cutting-edge cancer research. She leads teams of researchers, clinicians and patient advocates in the fight against breast cancer, prostate cancer and childhood leukemia.
 

Republican

Sandra Dowling
Sandra Dowling was born in Decatur, Ill. She attended Washington Elementary School, Cortez High School and Glendale Community College before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.
Upon returning to Arizona after her military service, she continued her education at Glendale Community College before transferring to Arizona State University.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, a master’s degree in educational administration and her doctorate degree from Northern Arizona University. Her studies were concentrated in the areas of education, finance and public policy.
As the former president and CEO of a West Valley insurance agency, she has received numerous achievement awards, including the Crystal Blue Vase Award her first year in the insurance industry, a Topper Club member (sales achievement) for four consecutive years and was selected for the national Championship Club during her first year of eligibility. She has been a licensed Realtor since 1979 and has maintained her Arizona superintendent, administrative and teaching certifications.
She was elected to serve five four-year terms as the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools.
She and her husband, Dennis, live in Litchfield Park.
 
Debbie Lesko
Debbie Lesko won the U.S. Representative District 8 seat vacated by Trent Franks in a special election last April.
She served as a state senator in Legislative District 21 from 2012 until she resigned in January to run in Congressional District 8. Before that, she served four years as a state representative in District 21.
She has served as the Arizona Senate president pro-tempore, Senate Appropriations chairman and House Ways & Means chairman. She has also been a member of the Health and Rules committees.
While in the state Legislature, she was named Champion of the Taxpayer by Americans for Prosperity, Senator of the Year by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Legislator of the Year by the Arizona Republican Party, and received the Golden Apple Award from Arizona Parents for Education.
She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
She is an Advisory Council member for Faith House Domestic Violence Shelter; a Lions Club member; Fighter Country Partnership member; and an NRA member.
She has served as a member of the Ironwood High School Booster Club; on the Desert Valley Elementary School Site Council (Peoria Unified School District); as a PTA fundraising chairman; as neighborhood leader with the city of Glendale Community Partnership program; as Arizona Federation of Taxpayers’ Board member; Community Emergency Response Team member with the city of Glendale Fire Department; as elected officer of the state and county Republican Party; on the 2025 city of Glendale Master Plan Committee; as a hearing officer in the North Valley Justice Court; as Legislative District 9 Republican chairman; as voter registration chairman for the Maricopa County Republican Party; and as first vice president of the Arrowhead Republican Women Club.
She is married with three children and two grandchildren.

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