2017 First Ask Candidates

  Delegate Hala Ayala-  Virginia House of Delegates District 51, VA

Delegate Hala Ayala- Virginia House of Delegates District 51, VA

  Melissa Dart-  Virginia House of Delegates District 56, VA

Melissa Dart- Virginia House of Delegates District 56, VA


2018 First Ask Candidates

  Amber Daniels -  Candidate for State Representative District 78, OH   Educational and professional background:  My professional background is in Marketing, the last title I held professionally was Community Marketing Specialist.   Top campaign issues:  Public Education, Pro-union, Rural Internet access, Healthcare access and affordability, Being an inclusive voice for those that are consistently underrepresented in my district.   Fun Fact:  I am the secretary of my children’s elementary school PTO, and the current treasurer of my HOA.    Donate!

Amber Daniels-  Candidate for State Representative District 78, OH

Educational and professional background: My professional background is in Marketing, the last title I held professionally was Community Marketing Specialist.

Top campaign issues: Public Education, Pro-union, Rural Internet access, Healthcare access and affordability, Being an inclusive voice for those that are consistently underrepresented in my district.

Fun Fact: I am the secretary of my children’s elementary school PTO, and the current treasurer of my HOA.

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  Debra Jensen -  Candidate for   State Representative District 7 IA   Educational and professional background:    Associate Of Science Nursing, 35 years of experience in hospital, long term care, and public health.   Top campaign issues:  Healthcare, Education, Tax Reform, Ethics In Government   Fun fact:  I write poetry and I hide all of the Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies so I can eat the whole box.     Donate!

Debra Jensen - Candidate for State Representative District 7 IA

Educational and professional background:   Associate Of Science Nursing, 35 years of experience in hospital, long term care, and public health.

Top campaign issues: Healthcare, Education, Tax Reform, Ethics In Government

Fun fact: I write poetry and I hide all of the Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies so I can eat the whole box. 

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  Karli McGowan -  County Commissioner for Roosevelt County, MT   Educational and professional background:    BS in Mathematics education, 2009. MS mathematics education 2013. Worked for 6 years at Wolf Point High School as a math/history teacher, and the past 3 years as a mathematics instructor for Fort Peck Community College.   Top campaign issues:  Youth opportunities, Monitoring the jail cash flow, agricultural growth   Fun fact:  I work 3 full time jobs: mother, rancher, educator    Donate!

Karli McGowan - County Commissioner for Roosevelt County, MT

Educational and professional background:   BS in Mathematics education, 2009. MS mathematics education 2013. Worked for 6 years at Wolf Point High School as a math/history teacher, and the past 3 years as a mathematics instructor for Fort Peck Community College.

Top campaign issues: Youth opportunities, Monitoring the jail cash flow, agricultural growth

Fun fact: I work 3 full time jobs: mother, rancher, educator

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  Kristine Geis-  Candidate for State Representative House District 97, OH   Educational and professional background:   BS in Environmental Geology from Ohio University.  Additional studies in Biology. Former Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa and Panama.  Liaison to EPA with Booz Allen Hamilton. Recently, Instructor at Zane State College and substitute teacher.   Top campaign issues:  Economy; bringing full time living wage jobs to a struggling community, Education ;fairly funding public schools, bring back more skilled labor apprenticeships and programs and making nonpublic schools equally accountable academically, Opioid addiction and mental health; our community is on the front lines, Infrastructure   Fun fact:  I am a singer in a western swing band and square dance caller for the Back Porch Swing Band    Donate!

Kristine Geis- Candidate for State Representative House District 97, OH

Educational and professional background:  BS in Environmental Geology from Ohio University.  Additional studies in Biology. Former Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa and Panama.  Liaison to EPA with Booz Allen Hamilton. Recently, Instructor at Zane State College and substitute teacher.

Top campaign issues: Economy; bringing full time living wage jobs to a struggling community, Education ;fairly funding public schools, bring back more skilled labor apprenticeships and programs and making nonpublic schools equally accountable academically, Opioid addiction and mental health; our community is on the front lines, Infrastructure

Fun fact: I am a singer in a western swing band and square dance caller for the Back Porch Swing Band

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  Leah Good-  Candidate for Fairfield County Commissioner, OH   Educational and professional background:      I own Editorial Partners LLC, a technical writing and information design business. With a business partner, I am also launching an online platform for women coaches and consultants; recently, I obtained a graduate certificate in Emerging Technologies in Learning from the University of Manitoba. I also hold a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University.   Top campaign issues:  Transparency, Honesty, Thoughtful land use with economic development, Maintaining green spaces, Supporting addiction prevention, education, treatment, Education and training for adults.   Fun fact:   I've spent 15-20 hours every week since November 2016 trying to pester my member of Congress out of office, writing letters to the editor, and plotting statewide coordinated actions as part of Indivisible.    Donate!   

Leah Good- Candidate for Fairfield County Commissioner, OH

Educational and professional background:     I own Editorial Partners LLC, a technical writing and information design business. With a business partner, I am also launching an online platform for women coaches and consultants; recently, I obtained a graduate certificate in Emerging Technologies in Learning from the University of Manitoba. I also hold a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University.

Top campaign issues: Transparency, Honesty, Thoughtful land use with economic development, Maintaining green spaces, Supporting addiction prevention, education, treatment, Education and training for adults.

Fun fact:  I've spent 15-20 hours every week since November 2016 trying to pester my member of Congress out of office, writing letters to the editor, and plotting statewide coordinated actions as part of Indivisible.

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  Lindsay Sabadosa-  Candidate for State Representative Hampshire District 1, MA   Educational and professional background:      I have my BA from Wellesley College and my MSC from the University of Edinburgh. Professionally, I am a freelance translator, specializing in legal and financial translations in Italian and French, and I founded and  run the Pioneer Valley Women’s March as its Director. I serve on the Board of Directors of Emerge Massachusetts and the Abortion Rights Fund Western Massachusetts. Additionally, I am a member of the state-wide Medicare For All Strategic Planning Committee and the Massachusetts Immigration and Advocacy Coalition’s Grassroots Organizing Committee. I am also a proud volunteer with the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.    Top campaign issues:  Supporting the adoption of Medicare For All in Massachusetts, Working to advance education funding reform, Advocating for Paid Family and Medical Leave, Creating safe communities for our immigrant and refuge populations, Ensuring Massachusetts has 100% renewable energy and forward-thinking green policies.    Fun fact:  Although a longtime avid runner, I’m excited to run my first marathon this October.    Donate!

Lindsay Sabadosa- Candidate for State Representative Hampshire District 1, MA

Educational and professional background:     I have my BA from Wellesley College and my MSC from the University of Edinburgh. Professionally, I am a freelance translator, specializing in legal and financial translations in Italian and French, and I founded and  run the Pioneer Valley Women’s March as its Director. I serve on the Board of Directors of Emerge Massachusetts and the Abortion Rights Fund Western Massachusetts. Additionally, I am a member of the state-wide Medicare For All Strategic Planning Committee and the Massachusetts Immigration and Advocacy Coalition’s Grassroots Organizing Committee. I am also a proud volunteer with the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.

 Top campaign issues: Supporting the adoption of Medicare For All in Massachusetts, Working to advance education funding reform, Advocating for Paid Family and Medical Leave, Creating safe communities for our immigrant and refuge populations, Ensuring Massachusetts has 100% renewable energy and forward-thinking green policies.

 Fun fact: Although a longtime avid runner, I’m excited to run my first marathon this October.

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  Jennifer Pawlik-  Candidate for State Representative District 17, AZ   Educational and professional background:  I have a Master's degree in education. I have taught elementary school for 17 years and have taught graduate level courses for five years.    Top campaign issues:  Education funding, beginning with paying teachers a liveable wage; Access to healthcare and social programs for families living in poverty; Jobs; Environment-especially water & solar issues    Fun fact:  I am the mom of identical twins.    Donate!

Jennifer Pawlik- Candidate for State Representative District 17, AZ

Educational and professional background: I have a Master's degree in education. I have taught elementary school for 17 years and have taught graduate level courses for five years.

 Top campaign issues: Education funding, beginning with paying teachers a liveable wage; Access to healthcare and social programs for families living in poverty; Jobs; Environment-especially water & solar issues

 Fun fact: I am the mom of identical twins.

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  Felicia French-  Candidate for State Representative District 6, AZ   Educational and professional background:  I have a BS in Nursing, MS in Systems Management and an MS in Sustainable Solutions. I am a Retired Army Colonel with 32 years of service in the U.S. Army/Arizona National Guard. Additionally I worked as a nurse, MedEvac helicopter pilot, a commander for 7 years, and a sustainability professor at Mesa Community College.   Top campaign issues:  Quality and affordable education and healthcare for everyone; sustainable jobs; Renewable energy; veterans affairs; Responsible gun ownership    Fun fact:  I hiked Mount Kilimanjaro with my daughter.    Donate!

Felicia French- Candidate for State Representative District 6, AZ

Educational and professional background: I have a BS in Nursing, MS in Systems Management and an MS in Sustainable Solutions. I am a Retired Army Colonel with 32 years of service in the U.S. Army/Arizona National Guard. Additionally I worked as a nurse, MedEvac helicopter pilot, a commander for 7 years, and a sustainability professor at Mesa Community College.

Top campaign issues: Quality and affordable education and healthcare for everyone; sustainable jobs; Renewable energy; veterans affairs; Responsible gun ownership

 Fun fact: I hiked Mount Kilimanjaro with my daughter.

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  Erika Johnson-  Candidate for State Representative 19th Middlesex, MA   Educational and professional background:  I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Roger Williams University. Upon graduation, I worked in marketing for an investment firm focused on impact investing. After that, I moved to energy efficiency specifically with the MassSave program; first working on increasing energy efficiency in residential applications and then recently moved to the commercial side, specifically helping electrical distributors upgrade their customers to energy efficient lighting through rebates and incentives   Top campaign issues:  Safe, well-funded, quality public education; Living wage, paid family leave and childcare; Healthcare and higher education more affordable; Infrastructure    Fun fact:  I have been a violinist since the 4th grade and with my high school orchestra, I participated in 2 concert tours of Europe    Donate!

Erika Johnson- Candidate for State Representative 19th Middlesex, MA

Educational and professional background: I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Roger Williams University. Upon graduation, I worked in marketing for an investment firm focused on impact investing. After that, I moved to energy efficiency specifically with the MassSave program; first working on increasing energy efficiency in residential applications and then recently moved to the commercial side, specifically helping electrical distributors upgrade their customers to energy efficient lighting through rebates and incentives

Top campaign issues: Safe, well-funded, quality public education; Living wage, paid family leave and childcare; Healthcare and higher education more affordable; Infrastructure

 Fun fact: I have been a violinist since the 4th grade and with my high school orchestra, I participated in 2 concert tours of Europe

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  Vania Guevara  -  Candidate for Phoenix City Council District 5    Educational and professional background:  As a council aide and later Deputy Chief of Staff for District 5, Vania experienced the richness of District 5. She saw Maryvale neighborhoods come together to form an initiative and 19 North grow and thrive. For six years, Vania was honored to have worked and partnered with the residents to make District 5 better. She has also seen the institutional barriers that worked against us. Vania advocated for policies so that everyone would have equal access to opportunity. She managed grassroots operations, with the primary responsibility of establishing neighborhood associations, conducting research on district led policy initiatives, and prioritize constituent services where the needs of residents were always first. Vania was able to best assist because she learned from the families who educated us on issues--we worked together. Vania holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with a minor in International Studies, a Master's of Public Administration and a Juris Doctor.    Top campaign issues:  Community investment and small business; Create and implement culturally relevant and inclusive policies; Community safety and economic justice.    Fun fact:   Vania speaks three languages, one of them was acquired while studying abroad in Brazil when she was 21 years old.     Donate!

Vania Guevara- Candidate for Phoenix City Council District 5 

Educational and professional background: As a council aide and later Deputy Chief of Staff for District 5, Vania experienced the richness of District 5. She saw Maryvale neighborhoods come together to form an initiative and 19 North grow and thrive. For six years, Vania was honored to have worked and partnered with the residents to make District 5 better. She has also seen the institutional barriers that worked against us. Vania advocated for policies so that everyone would have equal access to opportunity. She managed grassroots operations, with the primary responsibility of establishing neighborhood associations, conducting research on district led policy initiatives, and prioritize constituent services where the needs of residents were always first. Vania was able to best assist because she learned from the families who educated us on issues--we worked together. Vania holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with a minor in International Studies, a Master's of Public Administration and a Juris Doctor. 

Top campaign issues: Community investment and small business; Create and implement culturally relevant and inclusive policies; Community safety and economic justice.

 Fun fact:  Vania speaks three languages, one of them was acquired while studying abroad in Brazil when she was 21 years old. 

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  Raquel Terán  -  Candidate for Arizona House of Representatives District 30   Educational and professional background:  Raquel serves as the Arizona Campaign Director for ISTANDWITHPP, a Planned Parenthood campaign fighting to protect the Affordable Healthcare Act and women’s reproductive rights.  For the last twelve years Raquel has been a vocal and active community advocate for civil, labor, immigrant, women’s rights, healthcare for all, and has mobilized Arizonans through civic engagement and community organizing. Her efforts were used to rally against the injustices faced at the hands of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and SB1070 author, State Senate President Russell Pearce - resulting in Pearce’s recall and Arpaio’s reelection defeat.  She recently was the Regional Director for Mi Familia Vota’s Education Fund an organization committed to increasing civic participation in the Latino community through grassroots mobilization and is considered the premier Latino civic engagement organization in the country. Raquel oversaw the operations in Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada.  Currently, Raquel serves on the Board of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) , a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for Arizona’s population through housing, education and workforce development. As the chair of the advocacy committee for the organization, Raquel saw through the development of the C(4) arm of CPLC. Raquel also serves on the Arizona Center for Empowerment board committed to itizenship, civic engagement, wage equality, protection of public education, immigrant rights advocacy and health care.  Raquel has been recognized with “Activist of the Year” by the Isaac Amaya Foundation, Arizona Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce’s 40 under 40, New American Leaders Project Courage to Run Award,and was Las Adelitas Woman of the Year 2014. Prior to working for Planned Parenthood Arizona, the organization recognized her during their annual luncheon for her tireless work in civic and community engagement.   Top campaign issues:  Investments in Safe Neighborhood Public Schools Vibrant Economic Growth and Quality Jobs Quality Healthcare for All    Fun fact:  Raquel grew up on the US/Mexico Border. Raquel’s favorite color is red.    Donate!

Raquel Terán- Candidate for Arizona House of Representatives District 30

Educational and professional background: Raquel serves as the Arizona Campaign Director for ISTANDWITHPP, a Planned Parenthood campaign fighting to protect the Affordable Healthcare Act and women’s reproductive rights.

For the last twelve years Raquel has been a vocal and active community advocate for civil, labor, immigrant, women’s rights, healthcare for all, and has mobilized Arizonans through civic engagement and community organizing. Her efforts were used to rally against the injustices faced at the hands of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and SB1070 author, State Senate President Russell Pearce - resulting in Pearce’s recall and Arpaio’s reelection defeat.

She recently was the Regional Director for Mi Familia Vota’s Education Fund an organization committed to increasing civic participation in the Latino community through grassroots mobilization and is considered the premier Latino civic engagement organization in the country. Raquel oversaw the operations in Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada.

Currently, Raquel serves on the Board of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) , a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for Arizona’s population through housing, education and workforce development. As the chair of the advocacy committee for the organization, Raquel saw through the development of the C(4) arm of CPLC. Raquel also serves on the Arizona Center for Empowerment board committed to itizenship, civic engagement, wage equality, protection of public education, immigrant rights advocacy and health care.

Raquel has been recognized with “Activist of the Year” by the Isaac Amaya Foundation, Arizona Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce’s 40 under 40, New American Leaders Project Courage to Run Award,and was Las Adelitas Woman of the Year 2014. Prior to working for Planned Parenthood Arizona, the organization recognized her during their annual luncheon for her tireless work in civic and community engagement.

Top campaign issues: Investments in Safe Neighborhood Public Schools Vibrant Economic Growth and Quality Jobs Quality Healthcare for All

 Fun fact: Raquel grew up on the US/Mexico Border. Raquel’s favorite color is red.

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