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Announcing our 2018 Legislative Endorsements!

June 28, 2018


You’ve been reading in the news about the incredible wave of candidates running for office – time to meet some of the friends of nurses! We’re happy to introduce to you our 2018 endorsed candidates.

These candidates have gone through a rigorous process that includes a questionnaire and follow-up interviews (for candidates who are not currently in office) or vetting of voting records on nursing and healthcare issues (for candidates currently in office).


These candidates represent present and future leaders in the healthcare community. They are a mixture of blue and red, men and women, young and old. We are excited to stand with them, help them in their campaigns, and win or lose, keep working to advance the nursing profession and promote a healthy Arizona.


Keep these endorsements in mind as you make your decision during the Arizona Primary Elections on Tuesday, August 28. 


Remember, since many districts lean heavily towards one political party, it is estimated the 25 out of the 30 districts in Arizona will have their legislator decided upon in the primary election. Get out there and VOTE!


Don’t know who your candidates are? Want to make sure you’re registered to vote? Need an early ballot? Visit AzNA’s Get Out the Vote webpage for all of your election needs!


AzNA PAC Endorses Three Nurse Candidates for Arizona's 2018 Elections

On Monday, June 4, the AzNA Political Action Committee announced the endorsement of three nurses running for seats in the 2018 Arizona Elections (Details below!). These nurses won't make it to the general election without getting past the primaries in August.


There are currently NO NURSES in the legislature. Decisions on healthcare and the medical professions are made by legislators who seek opinions from doctors and dentists serving in the legislature. Do you want the voice of nurses to be heard? VOTE IN THE PRIMARIES! 


There are 90,123 Registered Nurses in Arizona. Can you imagine what we can do if every nurse VOTES FOR A NURSE in the next election?


What if every nurse who does not have a nurse on her ballot joined the AzNA PAC for $25.00? A whole lot of yard signs could be bought for endorsed nurses!  Hit the DONATE button below.


Want to know who your candidates are? Visit AzNA PAC's 'Get Out The Vote' website to locate your polling place, register to vote or sign up for mail in ballots, and see who your candidates are. 


If you want a full picture of all the races this year, go to the Secretary of State’s election site where every candidate is spotlighted. Notice that there are three tabs – the last one is for the races for all 60 Legislators and all 30 Senators.


Let’s do this!

Here are the Endorsed Nurses Running for the Legislature:

Denise Link, PhD, RN, WHNP-C, CNE, FAAN, FAANP


Legislative District 24, House of Representatives


What makes Denise Link special to our nursing community?

Could it be her 43 years of experience as a health care provider?
Does she fight to improve healthcare for all?
Does she understand how important the future of nursing is and is willing to make bold steps to improve Arizona’s educational challenges at all levels?

Yes, yes, and yes to all of the above. Just look at the numbers!




Felicia French, RN, BSN


Legislative District 6, House of Representatives


Felicia French – a person who has served people and her country throughout her entire adult life. There are so many impressive aspects about Felicia, but what is the common denominator for all that she has accomplished as an Army nurse, veteran, helicopter pilot, educator and volunteer?




Julie Willoughby, RN


Legislative District 17, House of Representatives

In her role as a ER trauma nurse, Julie leverages her ability to remain quick and level-headed under intense pressure. This career also relies heavily on her creative problem solving and rational thinking skills - all of which will serve her well in the House.

Julie donates time to her local Rotary Club, serves as board president for her HOA and also consistently gives back in the form of community service. In serving her community, Julie learned firsthand just how much government impacts our quality of life. She embraces that fact with her belief that “with a staunch commitment to my family and community, I can make a positive impact on the future.”




The purpose of the AzNA-PAC is to endorse candidates for the Arizona Legislature based upon the principles of the AzNA Public Policy Agenda. AzNA-PAC encourages nurses to become active and effective in shaping public policy through the electoral process. AzNA-PAC raises funds to educate nurses about political action. The Board of Trustees evaluates, endorses, and contributes to candidates for the State Legislature in Arizona who have clearly demonstrated responsible awareness of nurses' needs.


PAC Chair

Colleen Hallberg, MSN, RN

AzNA membership dues are not used for AzNAPAC activities.


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AzNA PAC Casino Night Fundraiser a Success



On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the AzNA PAC hosted a fundraiser to help generate donations that are used to support Arizona candidates running for office that are either nurses or friends of nursing. 


The PAC raised a record-breaking $6500 that will be used for Arizona Candidates in the 2018 primary and general elections. A very special and heartfelt thank you to all who participated in our efforts!


View the Full Gallery from the Casino Night Fundraiser Booth


2018 Candidate Questionnaire

Interested in seeing what we ask Arizona's legislative candidates? Please download the 2018 AzNA PAC Candidate Questionnaire



Election Related Links and Resources

Use the link above to register to Vote; find your voting district and current legislators, view Arizona candidate debates, study various public sites that expand information about candidates, and much more.





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