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Lilia Alvarez

Lilia Alvarez has announced that she is running for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in District 3.

She is off to a good start, endorsement-wise. The Honorable Martin Quezada (the state representative in District 13) has already begun publicly promoting Alvarez’s candidacy. Quezada’s endorsement might well be trumped by Alvarez’s public trashing of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an unpopular pastime among conservative voters. Alvarez (who holds a law degree from Phoenix School of Law, a masters in Public health, and is a public health worker) is among Arpaio’s most vocal critics; she has also turned her political guns on the County Board of Supervisors, which she hopes to shake up if she is elected.

Wags suggest that that’s a pretty big “if.” Alvarez is running against longtime incumbent, Andy Kunasek, a Paradise Valley Republican who has served on the Board since 1997. Still, Alvarez does have a high profile among local Democrats. She co-founded Citizens for a Better Arizona, the organization responsible for the recall of Russell Pearce, and served as the group’s director of fundraising.

“Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox has been the lone Latina on the County Board for 20 years,” Alvarez says in a recent press release. “I say it’s time we change that, and fight for our dignity at the table.”

       In a message posted to her campaign website,, Alvarez gripes that the Board has been dominated by male Republicans for an entire generation. “I think it’s time to change that sad statistic, don’t you?” she writes. 

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