Recognizing Flinn-Brown Fellows running for office in 2024

April 10, 2024

By Jessica Vaile

For more than a decade, the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation has offered the Flinn-Brown Fellowship: the premier statewide civic-leadership program for experienced Arizona leaders to expand their knowledge, put their connections to use, and make a difference in their communities by expanding their public service with destinations that include state and local elected office. 

As such, we would like to recognize all Flinn-Brown Fellows running for office this election season: 

  • Congress: Rep. Juan Ciscomani (2011) is seeking re-election and former state Senator Raquel Terán (2018) is seeking her first term in Congress. 
  • State Legislators: Rep. Chris Mathis (2011) and Rep. Matt Gress (2015) are seeking re-election, and new candidates Brian Garcia (2018),  Monica Timberlake (2022), and Kevin Volk (2022) are also running.
  • State-level Office: Corporation Commissioner Lea Márquez Peterson (2011) is seeking re-election. 
  • County Offices: Coconino County Treasurer Sarah Benatar (2015), Maricopa County Assessor Eddie Cook (2023), and Yavapai County Treasurer Chip Davis (2012), are seeking re-election. Nikki Check (2012)Fernando Shipley (2011), and Edgar Soto (2022) are seeking office as county supervisors in Yavapai, Pima, and Gila counties, respectively. 
  • Community College Districts: Jane Strain (2013) is seeking re-election on the Cochise Community College District board, and Nicole Barraza (2020) is a new candidate for the Pima County Community College District board. 
  • Mayor: Becky Daggett (2014) is seeking re-election as Mayor of Flagstaff and Mary Hamway (2012) is running for Mayor of Paradise Valley. 
  • City Council: Scottsdale Councilwoman Tammy Caputi (2019), Buckeye Councilwoman Michelle Hess (2013), Tucson Councilwoman Nikki Lee (2018), and Mesa Councilwoman Julie Spilsbury (2023) are seeking re-election, and Noah Mundt (2023) is a new candidate for the Gilbert Town Council. 
  • District Governing Boards: Reetika Dhawan (2022)Sherri Jones (2022)Gail Knight (2016), and Janet Regner (2017) are seeking re-election to their respective governing boards.