We endorse Democrat Mohur Sarah Sidhwa and Republican Ethan Orr to represent the state House from District 9.
In the Senate, we endorse Democrat Steve Farley.
Sidhwa said she came to the United States from Pakistan when she was 16 because of the "fantastic" education system. Now, she said, she sees schools suffering because of budget cuts imposed by the Legislature.
We believe Sidhwa will be an effective advocate for schools because when she takes on a cause she does her homework and is persistent.
As an example, she said she attended 31 meetings about redrawing boundaries for congressional and legislative districts and lobbied repeatedly against gerrymandering.
Orr also names education, along with job creation, as his top issues.
He's started two small businesses and is executive director of Linkages of Arizona, which helps people with disabilities train and find jobs. He's also worked in Tucson and South Tucson government.
We are confident that Orr will combine his private- and public-sector experience to identify effective ways government can promote economic development.
Orr said he is tired of talk about what's wrong in Arizona and wants instead "to help articulate what we want to be."
Farley, our choice for the Senate, has been a moderate voice during three terms in the state House.
He, too, operates a small business and has championed their needs, such as expanding health-care options for small businesses and the self-employed.
The prime example of his ability to get people with divergent views to work together is his leadership in gaining voter approval of a Regional Transportation Authority for the Tucson area. Nearly all of the road construction in the past few years is thanks to the RTA. The modern streetcar is also an RTA project.
Sidhwa, Orr and Farley have demonstrated their commitment to community service. They are the best team for District 9.
Arizona Daily Star
Where it is
District 9 includes midtown neighborhoods north of Speedway and east of Craycroft, Catalina Foothills neighborhoods, Casas Adobes, Flowing Wells and the Sabino Canyon area.