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PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Elda Luna-Nájera appointed to fill vacant LD 22 seat


February 26, 2024

PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has appointed Dr. Elda Luna-Nájera to fill the vacant seat in Legislative District 22, which will bring the House Democratic Caucus back to its full strength at 29 members. Luna-Nájera is a licensed master social worker and is the current President of the Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board. She has spent most of her professional career working with non-profits and public education. In addition to her role on the Governing Board, she is currently the District's liaison for foster care and homeless education.


" I am honored and humbled by this opportunity. Serving as the LD22 House Representative is a responsibility I don't take lightly," Luna-Nájera said. "I am excited to be a voice for my community and look forward to collaborating with my seatmates Democratic Leader Contreras and Senator Diaz to advance our district's priorities. I thank leadership for their trust and support."


An Arizona native, Luna-Nájera is a first-generation Mexican American whose parents were immigrants from Mexico. Luna-Nájera earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and her doctorate in social work from the University of Southern California. She has been married for 26 years and is the mother of five children.


"With Dr. Luna-Nájera, our caucus returns to full strength, but more importantly we gain another powerful voice for public education," said House Democratic Leader Lupe Contreras. "She also has tremendous experience working with families who are struggling, who experiencing homelessness. Those issues are front and center right now and her expertise will benefit our caucus, her constituents and our entire state."


Details of Luna-Nájera's swearing in will be forthcoming.




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