Nikki Amberg

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Nikki Amberg graduated from Louisiana State University [1] with a bachelor’s in Mass Communication and a Media studies degree from 1990-1994 [4]. Following her graduation, Amberg served on the member board of directors of Tempe Community Council for 6 years [2, 4]. Furthering her career, Amberg worked on the member board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona from October 2021 to the current year [3, 4]. Her longest role is in political/non-profit PR and consulting at Zonacajun, which she has been doing for 14 years [4].

Key Issues

Homelessness:

Amberg wants to address homelessness with intentional collaboration within the community to find solutions [1].

Infrastructure

Amberg wants to promote the allocation of resources to vital areas to improve crumbling neighborhoods infrastructure [1].

 

Transparency

Amberg supports advancing government transparency, by using proactive disclosure of information, streamlined communication channels, and increased public involvement in decision-making processes [1].

Endorsements

Professional Firefighters of Arizona; Corey Woods, Mayor of Tempe; Neil Giuliano, Former Mayor of Tempe; Jennifer Adams, Vice Mayor of Tempe; Berdetta Hodge, Tempe City Council member; Joel Navarro, Tempe City Council member; Arizona List [3]. 

Sources

1 Amberg For Tempe
2 City of Tempe
3 Arizona List
4 LinkedIn

Peggy McMahon

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Peggy McMahon received her AAS as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal from Moorpark College and her JD in Law from the Ventura College of Law [4]. She has served as a council member for Fountain Hills since 2020 and a Marketing Manager for the Wellness Company since 2016 [1, 2, 3, 4]. 
McMahon is involved with many political organizations, such as the Fountain Hills Democratic Club, AZ Democratic Women in Blue, and the Fountain Hills Women’s Club [1, 2]. She previously worked as a Senior Paralegal for the Snell & Wilmer Law Firm and as an officer for JPMorgan Chase & Co [1, 4]. As per her volunteering experience, McMahon has served in multiple volunteer positions with Hospice of the Valley, Homeward Bound, and the Volunteer Expo. She is a recipient of the Snell & Wilmer Community Leadership Award [1, 2, 4].

Key Issues

Community

McMahon supports creating diverse housing and enhancing the downtown area. She wants to maintain the famous fountain and lake and refine parks and recreation properties. McMahon also hopes to optimize economic and business growth opportunities and creatively improve commercial areas. McMahon also supports expanding the Dark Sky Discovery Center [3].

Public Safety

McMahon wants to continue funding for maintenance of the new fire department, working with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)  to carry out its safety contract, and working closely with officers to make the town safer [3]. 

Endorsements

Arizona List [5].

Sources

1 Fountain Hills 
2 Arizona List 
3 Fountain Hill Times-Independent    
4 Linkedin 
5 Arizona List Facebook 
6 The Arizona Republic   

David Lucier

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

David Lucier graduated from Arizona State University in 1974 where he earned his Bachelors of Science in political science [2]. Lucier then served for his country as a Green Beret where he was eventually inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in 2009 for his advocacy for veterans in areas of education, economic security, and health and wellness [1, 5]. He founded the Arizona Veterans & Military Leadership Alliance in 2012 and currently serves as the CEO, leading veteran advisory councils for various Arizona politicians [1, 2, 4]. He also chaired the Arts and Culture Commission for the City of Tempe [4]. Lucier has also served on various other boards and nonprofit groups around the state such as: the ASU Alumni Association, the Planning Area Advisory Board, and the Catholic Charities Steering Committee on Homelessness [1]. He is also an amateur writer for the digital publication, AZMirror [6].

Key Issues

Housing

Lucier has made it a goal to prioritize making housing more affordable [1].

Transparency

Lucier wants to ensure transparency at the Tempe City Hall [1].

Homelessness

 Lucier supports fighting homelessness by supporting community, religious, and nonprofit groups who are offering essential services [1].

Endorsements

Tempe 1st; VoteVets; United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 99; Arizona Pipe Trades Union Local 469; Communication Workers of America Arizona State Council; Ruben Gallego, United States Representative [1, 3].

Sources

1 Lucier for Tempe
2 LinkedIn
3 Facebook
4 City of Tempe
5 Maricopa County Democrats
6 AZMirror

Randy Keating

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Randy Keating graduated from Arizona State University after studying physics and astronomy [1, 2]. In 2016, Randy won the City of Tempe’s MLK Diversity Award [1, 2]. In 2017, he helped establish the 2017 Tempe Works Program for people with no homes [2, 3, 4]. Currently, he is serving as a regional leader, a member of the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee, the Arizona League of Cities Public Safety Committee, the National League of Cities Information Technology Committee, and is on the board of East Valley Partnership [2, 5].

Key Issues

Drugs

Keating is in support of educating about opioids and abuse prevention [2].

Homelessness

Keating created the Tempe Works Program to make a working program for people who are homeless and are looking for occupations [1, 2].

Infrastructure

Keating supports finding open urban areas for redevelopment along Broadway Road [2].

Transparency

 Keating is in support of transparency and is the co-chair of the City Manager Working Group System [2].

Endorsements

Harry Mitchell, Former Tempe Mayor; Mark Mitchell, Tempe Mayor; Corey Woods, Tempe Vice Mayor; Robin Arredondo-Savage, Former Tempe City Councilmember; Lauren Kuby, Former Tempe City Councilmember; David Schapira, Former Tempe City Councilmember; Juan Mendez, Arizona State Senator; Bryan Jeffries, Professional Firefighters of Arizona President; Levi Bolton, Arizona Police Association Executive Director [2].

Sources

1 Tempe.Gov
2 Randy Keating
3 Facebook
4 LinkedIn
5 X

Collin Gunn

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Collin Gunn majored in political science and government at Northern Arizona University while simultaneously operating as a student groundskeeper [1, 2]. Gunn was previously a part-time gymnastics coach at the St. Louis Gym Centre from 2016 to 2018 in Missouri. Further, he was the District Field Organizer for the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, an intern for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and an organizing fellow for the Coconino County Democratic Party. He is an enrichment specialist for the Flagstaff Unified School District FACTS Program [2]. 

Gunn is currently a Rural Youth Committee Chair for the Legislative District 7 Democrats and a Youth Outreach Coordinator/Precinct Committee Member for the Coconino County Democratic Party. He is also a frequent Food Bank Volunteer at Rock Hill Ministries [2]. 

Key Issues

Environment

Gunn supports increased investments in green infrastructure to reduce carbon footprints and create a more sustainable city. He wants to promote renewable energy resources, reduce carbon emissions, and incentivize environmentally friendly businesses to increase job growth and strengthen the economy [1]. 

 

Housing

Gunn wants to preserve the existing affordable housing inventory and promote the development of new reasonably priced and accessible housing. He supports reforming city housing policies to ensure they do not discriminate against particular groups [1]. 

Transparency

Gunn backs an open and transparent city council that gives constituents access to all city council proceedings and decisions. He wants citizens to be able to hold their city council accountable and know how taxpayer money is being used [1]. 

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Collin for Flagstaff
2 LinkedIn
3 City of Flagstaff

Andy Morales

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Born in Bakersfield, California, Andy’s father was an Iraqi War vet. His first work experience was at 16, doing manual labor for a grape company. Morales pursued further studies in criminology and law enforcement at California State University, Fresno.
He now works in private security. As a security officer, he works to combat the problems of homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. [4]

Key Issues

Education

Morales believes that the federal government must do more to create a level playing field. He supports universal pre-K and tuition-free college [2].

Environment

Morales endorses the Green New Deal to address climate change and ensure clean air/water. He believes that this plan will help the US reach climate goals while creating good-paying jobs in the process [2].

Healthcare

Morales supports the development of Medicare for All [2].

Endorsements

None found.

Sources

1 Ballotpedia 

2 Morales For Congress 

3 KGET 

4 GVWire 

Alex Q. Askew

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Askew graduated from Hampton University with a BA in in history in 2007 and UVA’s Political Leaders Program in 2018. Askew currently works as a Community Relations Coordinator with Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, VA, and has dedicated the majority of his career to politics. Askew first worked as a field organizer with Organizing for America (Virginia) in support of the Obama Campaign in 2012, before working as a Headquarters Fellow for the Obama inauguration in the same year. Askew has also worked in a leadership capacity in the campaigns of former Senator Vincent Shaheen (D-SC), Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and Virginia Delegate Zay Jones [1, 2, 7].

Askew was elected as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 2019 to represent the 85th District and lost the 2021 election to Delegate Karen Greenhalgh. During his time in the Virginia General Assembly, Askew produced 9 bills that were signed into law [1, 2].

Key Issues

Environment

Askew wants to collaborate with other state and federal agencies in order to improve the disaster preparedness of Hampton Roads and supports Virginia staying in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative [8].

Gun Policy

Askew wants to pass common-sense legislation that will promote public safety concerns through greater regulation of the sale and proliferation of firearms [8].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Alex Askew for Delegate
2 Ballotpedia
3 Facebook
4 Vote Smart
5 StateScape
6 Twitter
7 LinkedIn
8 Virginian Pilot

Clinton L. Jenkins

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Jenkins attended Southeastern Baptist Theology Seminary and Saint Leo Univestiy, where he received a BA in human resource administration – Jenkins was also certified as a real estate salesperson from the Alpha School of Real Estate. Jenkins worked as a subcontracts administrator with Earl Industries, LLC from 2005 to 2010 and as a Subcontracts Administrator with BAE Systems since 2011 [7].

Jenkins first ran for election to Virginia House of Delegates District 76 in 2019, and was first elected in 2021. During his time in the House of Delegates, Jenkins serves on the Counties, Cities, and Towns, General Laws, and Public Safety Committees, and has sponsored 25 bills during his service [1].

Key Issues

Abortion

Jenkins wants to protect the women’s right to choose by perserving the current aboriton regulations in Virginia, and believes that access to abortion is directly related to the health and maternal mortality rates, especialy among women of African-American descent [2].

Education

Jenkins wants to establish literacy standards that will promote the success of all students regardless of race or ethnicity, and that teacher’s salaires are increased in order to respond to critical shortages. Jenkins also supports the institution of universal pre-kindergarten schooling [2].  

Endorsements

VoteVets; Giffords; Climate Cabinet Action; Virginia Education Association; Freedom Virginia; Virginia Democrats Veterans and Military Families Caucus; Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 Clinton Jenkins
3 Virginia General Assembly
4 Facebook
5 WAVY
6 BillTrack50
7 LinkedIn

L. Louise Lucas

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Lucas was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and graduated cum laude from Norfolk State University in 1976 with a BS in vocational industrial education. In 1982, she earned a MA degree, graduating magna cum laude, with a concentration in human resources planning and administration. Lucas began working as an apprentice shipfitter at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 1971, becoming the first female shiplifter in the organization’s history, and subsequently held positions as an engineering draftsman and a naval architect technician. In 1985, she transitioned to the non-profit sector, becoming the Interim Executive Director of the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project and later was appointed as the Executive Director, holding this position until 1992. She joined NSU as an assistant professor from 1994 to 1998, and is the President/CEO of several organizations, including Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program, and Southside Direct Care Provider, all operating in The Lucas Professional Center in Portsmouth [1, 2].

Lucas began her formal political career in June 1984 where she became the first African American woman to serve on the Portsmouth City Council. She was first elected to the Virginia General Assembly as a senator in November 1991, and has served as Chairwoman of the Senate Local Government Committee and President Pro Tempore of the Senate since 2020. Lucas’s committees include Education & Health, Courts of Justice, Finance, Local Government, and Rules. Lucas also ran for election to Virginia’s 4th Congressional District in 2001, but was unsuccessful [1, 3].

In 2020, Lucas was charged with two felonies for her involvement in a protest at a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, VA. These charges were later dismissed due to insufficient evidence [6].

Key Issues

Criminal Justice

Clark wants to reduce incarceration rates and improve rehabilitation programs for individuals in the criminal justice system [1]

Education

Lucas wants to improve education in Virginia by supporting measures to increase funding for public schools, reduce class sizes, and initiatives to enhance educational opportunities for students in the state [1].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Senator Louise Lucas
2 Senate of Virginia
3 Ballotpedia
4 X
5 Bill Track 50
6 The Hill

Myra J. Payne

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Myra Payne was raised in Tennessee on a farm until she graduated from high school. She began a career in healthcare soon after by volunteering with the Red Cross and working with local hospitals. Payne has multiple degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Nursing Science in Adult Health Nursing, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Divinity. [1,2,4]

After receiving her nursing degree, Payne joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1984. She served in Iraq in the early 2000s, where she supervised nursing care before retiring in 2007. She participates in her community through advocacy on the United Way Committee on Diversity and through support of Historically Black Colleges. [1,2,4]

Key Issues

Economy

Payne wants to make sure all Virginians have a fair and livable wage. She wants to create access to affordable housing programs. [1,4]

Gun Rights

Payne describes fighting for responsible gun ownership as a top priority. She wants to increase requirements for lost or stolen firearms, as well as enforce a mandatory law on locks and safes. [1,4]

Healthcare

Payne wants to fight for healthcare reform to make healthcare more affordable. She wants to ensure all Virginians have access to health insurance. [1,2,4]

Reproductive Rights

Payne is pro-choice. She wants individuals to make their own decisions about abortion. [1,4]

Endorsements

Virginia Beach Democratic Committee; Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Sources

1 Myra Payne for Senate
2 WAVY
3 Facebook
4 Virginian-Pilot
5 Ballotpedia
6 VPAP