PRESCOTT—The first Democratic candidate to file to run for Jeff Flake’s seat in the U.S. Senate race in April of 2017, Deedra Abboud, will be speaking at the Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E. Rosser St. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Kathy Hoffman, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, will also address the attendees.
One of two candidates who have announced a Senate candidacy—she was followed by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema in September—Abboud has been outspoken in her criticism of the current president and his Administration’s discriminatory policies toward Muslims. A Phoenix-based attorney, Abboud, 45, founded the leadership consulting firm, the Global Institute of Solution Oriented Leadership. She was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award in Tempe and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award presented by the Human Relations Commission in Phoenix.
Hoffman, a dedicated educator for 5 years, is working to bring attention to the underfunding and overcrowding of public schools in Arizona. She also announced her candidacy first, followed by another Democrat in the race, David Schapira.
A speech therapist in the Peoria Unified School District, Hoffman previously taught in Tucson for three years and, prior to that, in the Portland Public Schools in Oregon. Throughout her professional career, she has collaborated with teachers, administrators, specialists and parents to provide the best possible solutions for students.
While in Tucson, Hoffman was a member of the Autism Society of Southern Arizona’s Education Committee and worked with United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona.
Donations are requested by attendees to cover costs. Please contact the Yavapai County Democratic Headquarters at (928) 541-0413 for more information. Meetings typically end by 8 p.m.