Originally Published: September 22, 2013 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT - Leah Landrum Taylor, the Democratic Minority Leader in the Arizona Senate, will speak about Fred Duval, Democratic candidate for Governor in 2014, at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Democratic Women of the Prescott Area (DWPA) on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at Stoneridge Country Club.
Taylor has served as an Arizona State Senator for District 16 in Phoenix since 2006. Prior to that, she was a member of the state House of Representatives in the same area from 1999 to 2006. At Arizona State University, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science and attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Professionally, Taylor has worked as adjunct faculty for Maricopa Community College and serves as vice president of Landrum Foundation. She is an alumna of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and is the Arizona Caucus chair for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
Taylor is supporting Duval for Arizona Governor because of his leadership skills and past successes in creating programs for Arizonans.
Duval was a key aide to Gov. Bruce Babbitt, where he developed groundwater goals and created the Medicaid system, he was also named in the Clinton White House as deputy director of Intergovernmental Affairs, communicating directly with state governors, mayors of large cities and Native American leaders. In that role, he helped negotiate the historic tobacco company settlement. As a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, Duval worked to keep tuition costs down and designed the initiative for co-enrollment in community colleges and universities for seamless transfer of credits and shorter degree terms. He recently established a coalition to expand wind and natural gas as energy resources to reduce dependence on oil. As a candidate, he has developed a strategy for adding jobs and improving education to keep Arizona competitive with other states.
DWPA luncheons are at Stoneridge from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $15. Meal or seat reservations required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.