Arizona sees swell in number of African-American candidates


Posted: Aug. 25, 2018 7:00 am Updated: Aug. 25, 2018 11:41 am

PHOENIX (AP) — At least 30 African-Americans are running for offices in Arizona this year, a milestone that some political observers say is a result of increased engagement and a new pipeline of leadership.

State Rep. Reginald Bolding is one of two African-American lawmakers currently serving in Arizona’s 90-person state Legislature. He and other political watchers say more African-American candidates are running compared to past cycles — and it presents the opportunity to more than double the number of African-Americans in the Legislature.

“I think a culmination of what’s happening nationally, and what’s happening locally, has really inspired people to say that this is a new day and a new era…

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