| Created as a result of the 2010 census, Arizona's Ninth Congressional District's first candidates run in this year's House elections and will be seated for the 113th Congress in 2013. |
Tonight, Changing Hands hosts a forum, moderated by John D'Anna, editor of The Mesa Republic Community Edition, with Democratic primary candidates Arizona State Senate Minority Leader David Schapira, former Arizona State Senator and Representative Kyrsten Sinema, and former Arizona Democratic Party Chair Andrei Cherny. District 9 is comprised of Tempe, Ahwatukee, West Mesa, South Scottsdale, and parts of Phoenix and Chandler. More info: azredistricting.org.
ABOUT THE CANDIDATES
David Schapira is a third-generation Arizonan who was born in West Mesa and is raising his family in Tempe. He has dedicated his life to serving his community as a high school teacher, faculty associate at Arizona State University, Governing Board member of Tempe Union High School District and small-business owner. He currently serves as the Democratic Leader in the Arizona State Senate; his legislative district encompasses most of Tempe and South Scottsdale. He currently represents nearly 48% of the Congressional District 9. The Arizona Republic recently named David as one of “Tempe’s Exemplary People” in recognition of his commitment to the community. The Republic had previously recognized him as a “Lawmaker Who Made a Difference." The Arizona Student Association, American Cancer Society, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Arizona Technology Council all have praised David as a top legislator. More info: davidforaz.com
Kyrsten Sinema was born in Tucson and moved to Phoenix in 1995. She earned her masters degree in social work and her J.D. from ASU, and worked as a social worker in the Washington Elementary School District before becoming a criminal defense lawyer. She served as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives with David Lujan for District 15, and as a member of the Arizona Senate for the same district before resigning to run for U.S. Congress. In 2006, she co-chaired Arizona Together, the statewide campaign to defeat Proposition 107, which would have banned the recognition of same-sex marriage and civil unions in Arizona. In 2010, she was featured as one of TIME Magazine's "40 Under 40" new civic leaders and rising stars of American poltiics. She is the author of Unite and Conquer: How to Build Coalitions that Win—And Last. More info: kyrstensinema.com
Andrei Cherny was born in Los Angeles to Czechoslovakian immigrant parents who spoke little English and struggled to provide for him. Despite the odds, Cherny graduated with honors from Harvard College, wrote speeches for President Clinton while serving as an undergraduate writer for The Harvard Crimson (becoming the youngest White House speechwriter in American history at twenty-two-years-old) and received his J.D. from Berkeley. He served as Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, Arizona's Assistant Attorney General under Terry Goddard, and White House aide and advisor to Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He is also an officer in the the United States Navy Reserve, the author of The Candy Bombers and The Next Deal, and a contributor to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and others. More info: andreiforarizona.com