Valle, who served in the Washington state legislature for 24 years and has fond memories of working on John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign, is challenging Republican state Rep. Jonathan Paton in the race to succeed Republican Sen. Tim Bee, who is leaving the Arizona Legislature to take on Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Congressional District 8.
“I’m no spring chicken,” says Valle, “but people seem trusting and happy to support me.”
She’ll need a lot of support to pull off an upset victory in Legislative District 30, which is home to about 44,200 Republicans and only 31,300 Democrats. Another 26,700 voters don’t identify with either party.
Valle is one of the first candidates in Southern Arizona to qualify for Clean Elections funding. She’s already received a check for $12,921.
Paton, who is accepting private contributions rather than using public funding, reported a total of $37,468 in his campaign account at the end of 2007. A new report is due June 30.
Valle says “the issue of water … has propelled me to run,” and wants to focus on programs that support solar energy and science education. She adds that local government needs more transparency.
Since moving to Green Valley, Valle has been involved in the Tucson League of Women Voters and the Green Valley Lions Club. She is a life member of the United Nations Tucson Branch and a tutor at her church.
Watch Valle read from her book, Always a Rebel and Never Without a Cause.