U.S. Senate Candidate Ann Kirkpatrick Meets With Local African-American Leaders

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Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, who is running for the U.S. Senate against John McCain’s seat, has been traveling all over our state to meet with local communities to listen to their concerns and speak with them about her vision for Arizona.

Recently, Kirkpatrick attended services at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Phoenix alongside their dedicated congregations, where she spoke about fighting for working families, protecting our communities, supporting our schools, and offering a voice to all Arizonans. After each service, Kirkpatrick met one-on-one with churchgoers to listen to their concerns of today and hopes for the future of our communities and our state.

“We need a new leader who stands with us, who wants the best education for our children, who wants to keep our communities safe, whose only interest is the welfare of our state, and it’s clear that leader is Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick,” said Representative Reginald Bolding, who introduced the Congresswoman at Pilgrim Rest.

“I am honored and grateful for this opportunity to hear directly from Arizonans about the issues they care about most,” said Kirkpatrick. “It’s so important to hear about how they’re fighting every day to make their neighborhood better or working to ensure their children have a stake in the American dream. I carry their stories with me, and that’s why I will always fight for working families and put Arizona first.” Kirkpatrick hosted a round-table with the Black Chamber of Arizona to discuss how she and community leaders can work together to ensure every child has a chance to succeed, the importance of increasing the minimum wage, and how we can improve our education system to ensure success for K-12 students and open doors to higher education.

“It’s time to elect a principled leader who understands the struggles of our community and who will always fight for us,” said Rev. Dr. Cathy Clardy Patterson, who participated in the round-table discussion, “Ann Kirkpatrick has shown she’s fearless and has a strong record of supporting working families, working with small business owners, increasing access to healthcare, making college affordable, supporting our veterans, and standing with us on so many important issues. We need her in the U.S. Senate.”

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick was born and raised in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona, and her earliest roots are in the small timber town of McNary and on the White Mountain Apache Nation. Growing up in these small Arizona towns, she learned the importance of building community and working together.

In 1980, Kirkpatrick became the first woman to serve as Coconino County’s deputy county attorney. As a prosecutor, she pushed for more arrests in domestic violence and abuse cases. Kirkpatrick later co-founded Victim Witness Services in Flagstaff to protect and support victims of crimes and domestic violence.

A three-term congresswoman, Kirkpatrick now looks to bring her lifetime of putting Arizona first to the U.S. Senate. She has been endorsed by the Arizona Informant and dozens of elected officials, key community leaders from around the state, and significant national organizations.

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