Since its incorporation as a city, Maricopa has been represented in Congress by a Democrat. First, the city was in the seventh congressional district (CD7) being represented by Raul Grijalva. The 2010 census caused significant changes in Arizona’s congressional districts. For the 2012 election, the city was in CD1 and the election was won by Ann Kirkpatrick.

For the 2016 election, Kirkpatrick decided to challenge John McCain for his senate seat, in a losing effort. The CD1 election was won by former Republican state legislator Tom O’Halleran, who is seeking re-election this year.

O’Halleran has an interesting competitor in the August primary by the name of Eva Putzova. Like many residents of Arizona, Putzova was not born in the state. Instead of arriving from Nebraska or Illinois, she immigrated from Slovakia in 2000 to find her future here.

Eva Putzova brings a unique set of experiences with her as she seeks to gain the Democratic nomination for our district. Unlike most Americans she knows the danger posed by Russia. As a young child, she heard stories about Russian tanks and soldiers entering Czechoslovakia to quell the Prague Spring. She participated in the 1989 Velvet Revolution which freed her nation from the yoke of Soviet dominance.

She has a master’s degree in commercial engineering and attended leadership academies at Harvard and Cornell. Spending 14 years at NAU as Director of Strategic Planning has given her insights into the dynamics of large scale economies. She was elected to the Flagstaff City Council in 2014, which provided experience in policy making.

Her perception is that government must be driven by people-centered policies. She believes that a large-scale effort must be made to utilize more efficient and cleaner forms of energy, which she sees as especially benefitting the many rural areas within CD1. Another plank in her platform is the complete governmental funding of public colleges. No student who meets admission standards should be denied access to education or be forced to accumulate massive debt to attend college.

At first her policies might seem too progressive for Arizona voters, but a closer examination of her recommendations could prove otherwise. Even if you disagree with her, and could not cast your vote for her, you will find that she is an intelligent, articulate and passionate citizen.

She has stated that, “I cannot be bought!”, refusing to accept any PAC monies. For more details on her campaign go to her web site at evaforcongress.com.

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