Update: Westbrook was defeated by Hiral Tipirneni in the February 27, 2018 Democratic primary. She has pledged to support Tipirneni in the April 24, 2018 special election, where she faces Republican Debbie Lesko.
Westbrook is also focusing her efforts on winning a seat in Arizona’s state senate in LD22. Donate to her Crowdpac page: https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/382109/brianna-westbrook
Support Brianna Westbrook, who hopes to win a special election to fill the Arizona House of Representatives seat that Trent Franks left in late 2017.
The primary for the special election for Arizona’s 8th District takes place on February 27, 2018. The special election proper happens on April 24, 2018.
Westbrook had a rough childhood. She grew up poor, salvaging food from the trash and enduring eviction after eviction, and left home at 15 to escape an abusive stepfather. She came out as transgender when she was 27.
Westbrook supports Medicare for All, automatic voter registration, a $15 minimum wage, free college tuition, ending privately-owned prisons, and defending full health care access for women. She also supports a financial transactions tax, aka a “Wall Street tax,” which she estimates could yield $50 billion annually and perhaps $800 billion over a decade.
Westbrook and Gene Scharer, a Democratic rival in the primary race, were the subjects of a lawsuit filed on January 19, 2018, that questioned whether they had collected enough verifiable signatures to appear on the ballot. A supporter of the third Democrat in the primary evidently filed the suit. Scharer was removed from the ballot, but the suit against Westbrook was dismissed.
Even without the distraction of the January 2018 lawsuit, Westbrook faced an uphill battle. Ballotpedia reports that Arizona’s 8th District backed the Republican presidential nominee by at least 20 points in the last three voting cycles, and notes that Franks won re-election in 2016 with almost 70 percent of the vote. A total of 13 Republicans will run in the primary.
Of course, that’s no reason for Democrats to shy away from the challenge. Democrats SHOULD run everywhere. Westbrook is game; get behind her.
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