District: Arizona Senate
Primary Date: 08/28/2018
Primary Type: Open
"America was founded on the principle of doing what others said cannot be done." -- Deedra Abboud
A Phoenix-based attorney and founder of the leadership consulting firm, the Global Institute of Solution Oriented Leadership, she is highly respected for her community leadership and advocacy. Deedra is a 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. Her focus on issues includes:
- Support Medicare for All because healthcare is a right, not a privilege
- Resolve income inequality and increase living wage
- Create a renewable energy economy to increase job opportunities
- Invest in debt-free college and on-site job training
- Overturn Citizens United and take money out of politics
- Provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers
"Campaign finance reform is a must. Citizens United was a disastrous 2010 Supreme Court decision that allowed big business to pour unlimited money into the political landscape, eroding the power of the people and giving special interests a direct highway to influencing our government. " -- Deedra Abboud
Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Deedra moved to Phoenix in 1998. After 9/11, she launched and served as director for the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) from 2001 to 2005. She was director of the Arizona chapter of the Muslim American Society's Freedom Foundation, a Washington-based civil rights group, from 2005 to 2009. Deedra has also served on the boards of the Tempe Community Action Agency, Voices for Civil Dialogue, and the AZ Coalition on Migrant Rights. She has volunteered for Girls for Change and Interfaith Worker Justice.
In 2009, Deedra entered Summit Law School, graduating in 2012 and practicing immigration and estate planning law for nearly five years before deciding to return to community advocacy work during the 2016 election. “When I saw families, friends and neighbors being torn apart by the verbal attacks….I needed to be part of the movement to unite our communities, and move us forward with the American values that have always made us the most inspiring country in the world."
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