I am honored to have received the endorsement of The Arizona Republic as a candidate for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors. The Arizona Republic editorial board says, "Alexandra Arboleda is an attorney who has been practicing water law in Arizona for more than a decade, working on general stream adjudications, surface water rights, groundwater management, Native American water rights and the law of the Colorado River. She says Arizona is at a pivotal point in water planning, facing drought, a structural deficit and energy challenges. As the mother of two children, her goal is to preserve the Arizona lifestyle she came to love while growing up in Tucson. She favors creative, pragmatic solutions that put politics aside." You can read the full article here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2016/10/30/cap-board-endorsement/92899802/.
Looking dreamily at photographs of pure white snow or pristine tawny sand and azure skies, trying to catch my breath, I am officially weary of this election season. I cannot stand another horrific video, and I fear that the whole world has become cynical about our political process. Perhaps my efforts to reach people will only fall on deaf ears. The deafness is understandable. Here is my message: There are qualified, caring, kind people out there - who actually want to give and serve their communities - who will take time out of their busy lives to grapple with the difficult challenges we face - and they are running for down ballot offices. During my campaign, I have had the great pleasure of meeting many of them; they inspire me and give me hope for our future. Do your research. Figure out who is qualified, who has the character you respect, who has the values you share and the vision you aspire to. And vote. I'd be honored to have your vote, but even more I hope the best people for the job who have a genuine desire to do the work - win. Here is a little article about me in Attorney at Law magazine if you find yourself so inclined to click on the link and read it: https://goo.gl/hJ1bDv. Feel free to share it with friends and family too. In the coming weeks, may you find bits of inspiration here and there amidst the chaos of our beloved democracy.
Imagine my happiness when I opened this month's Raising Arizona Kids magazine and saw Karen Barr's eloquent endorsement of my campaign to serve on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors. You can read the article below. I am so grateful and honored to receive her support. Thank you Karen Barr. Alexandra Arboleda has a passion for water Posted on September 27, 2016 Publisher Karen Davis Barr (with her husband, Dan) at a June campaign event for Alexandra Arboleda (with her husband, Carlos). You could call Phoenix mom Alexandra Arboleda a water nerd and she’d be flattered. She’s passionate about water — specifically about protecting this precious resource for future generations. Her family moved to Arizona when she was 7, and she grew up hiking and horseback riding in the Tucson area. At an early age, she developed a deep and abiding respect for the importance and scarcity of water in an arid environment. She focused on water law in law school and practiced in that area of specialty for 10 years, so she really understands such terms as “general stream adjudications” and “surface-water rights.” Alex also is a writer, which is how I came to know her. She was with some other moms who who met me over coffee a couple of years ago to learn about contributing articles to Raising Arizona Kids. Alex was intrigued by the idea of creating a “village” of parents who would comment on important and sometimes controversial topics: parenting in blended families, teen dating, overprotective parenting and more. For almost two years, she curated a feature she called “Voices From the Village” — selecting topics, finding parents to contribute and pulling it all together for publication. One of those topics — raising multi-ethnic, multi-cultural children — hit home for Alex, whose husband, Carlos, was raised in Venezuela and Colombia by parents of Italian and Spanish ancestry. They have two children: Isabel, 15, and Nicolas, 12. As I got to know Alex, I grew increasingly impressed. She’s a person of great emotional depth and professional integrity. She’s smart, hardworking and honest. She is incredibly curious and loves nothing more than meeting someone — or learning something — new. Alex suspended her writing for RAK about the time she decided to start her own water-law practice in Phoenix. Not too long after that, the devoted athlete (she’s also certified to teach yoga) had two hip-replacement surgeries. Recently, I learned that Alex is running for a position on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors. And I thought, “Well, of course she is!” It makes perfect sense to have a water law expert on the nonpartisan board, which operates and manages the 336-mile Central Arizona Project canal. The most important role of the CAWCD is to ensure safe, secure, affordable water supplies for present and future generations. But as political campaigns go, running for the water board doesn’t get much attention. Water planning is a complicated and, let’s face it, mind-numbingly dull topic to most of us. As long as we can turn on the tap and see running water, we rarely think about where it comes from or how much remains to meet our community’s growing demand. Thank goodness for people like Alex, who find the topic of water delivery and its many-layered challenges both intriguing and energizing. Five positions on the 15-member board will be filled during the upcoming November elections. The race is “down ballot,” meaning the candidates are listed near the bottom of the ballot, where they’re often ignored by weary voters. On top of that, the board positions are nonpartisan, so if you tend to vote your party when you don’t know much about the candidates in a particular race, that strategy won’t help you here. Because the race is nonpartisan, and because I know what a good person Alex is, and because I believe her credentials are critical to a board tasked with ensuring our water supply, I’m hoping you will remember her name. Learn more at alexandra4az.com.
Water is essential to our future. It’s hot here in the Valley of the Sun, and we rely on water to sustain us - to quench our thirst, cool us down, and grow our food. Water is critical to our community. While we discuss jobs, education and immigration, we all know that these conversations are only possible if we have safe, secure, affordable water supplies. Thanks to your help, I’m officially on the ballot, November 8th! We collected over a thousand signatures. Now, we need to focus on sharing the message with as many voters as we can. Can I count on your support? In October, early ballots will be mailed. There are over a million registered voters in Maricopa County, and we have to reach as many people as we can. We need to raise over $10,000 to pay for digital advertising, signs and mail. I’m running to serve on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD) Board of Directors because I care about water and the future of Arizona. The CAWCD operates and manages the 336-mile long Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal, which delivers Arizona’s Colorado River water supplies to southern Arizona. Arizona needs a water law expert on the water board. I’m uniquely qualified with decades of experience as a water attorney and expertise in Arizona water rights. I’ll provide vision and leadership to prevent a water crisis, promote innovation and new technologies, and work in partnership with governments and communities to resolve water issues. I’m a fiscally sound policy advocate who will engage our community on wise growth options, diversify the canal’s energy sources and keep our water needs affordable. Please consider donating what you can at www.alexandra4az.com or mail a check made out to Alexandra for Arizona to P.O. Box 55356, Phoenix, AZ 85078-0356. Also include your occupation, employer, mailing address, phone number and e mail address. Every donation – no matter how much- makes a difference! Thank you for your continuing support. Remember to vote “Double A” on November 8th. It’s a non-partisan race, and anyone who is registered in Maricopa County can vote regardless of party affiliation.
E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, we are one. This was the de facto motto of the United States of America when we formed over two centuries ago. In many ways, it defines us as a nation. On this Independence Day, when our news is full of divisive politics at home and abroad, I am reminded of how important it is to remember who we are, our history, and where we came from. Perhaps our founders derived this concept from Cicero who said, "When each person loves the other as much as himself, it makes one out of many.” Tribalism is an innate part of being human – defining us and them. We want to belong and define our enemies. But what has always made America great is our ability to bring vastly diverse groups of people together in our love of freedom and opportunity for all. Tolerance is the ability to see humanity in another person’s eyes – even if that person is different from us. This July 4th, as Americans, let us celebrate our unity from diversity. Let us look in each other’s eyes and see humanity despite our differences. Happy Birthday America!
On a Friday night in June 1995, I received a phone call that would change my life. My father, who was 52 at the time, was in the hospital. His white horse returned home, saddled, without a rider. His dog stayed by him until the helicopter arrived to take him off the trail in the mountains east of Tucson. Every day, his dog paced back and forth by the gate waiting for him to return home. I held his strong, warm hand in the hospital and sang Amazing Grace to him, but his eyes and brain were swollen. He would never hear me sing again. There was nothing I could do to bring him back. Once, my father and I were riding in a summer rain storm, the kind of storm that fills the parched desert with the aroma of wet creosote and creates rushing rivers where there were once dry washes. We had to forge the stream to get home, and he jumped right in with his saddled horse. I followed, gripping my horse’s mane with my fingers while he swam across. We made it safely to the other side, as we always did on our adventures, feeling invincible. Another time, when we were racing our horses on a desert trail, I flew off my horse at a full gallop. As I landed directly on a barrel cactus, thick hooked thorns pierced my back. My father got off his horse and began pulling the thorns out one by one. When he had removed them all, he looked me in the eye and said, “Get back on your horse so you won’t be afraid.” I did, and we rode back home, talking as we went. He knew that I had to confront my fear right there and leave it behind on the trail. My dad and I shared a love of nature and wild places. Perhaps it is these experiences that influenced me to become a water and natural resources attorney and now to run for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, Board of Directors. I have two children of my own, and I want to ensure that all our kids continue to have safe, secure, affordable water in the future. Please consider donating to my campaign atwww.alexandra4az.com. There are over a million voters in Maricopa County, and to win, I must reach thousands of people. Your donation will help me share my message with the broadest audience possible. Water is critical to all of us. Help elect a water law expert to the CAWCD Board. For two decades, Father’s Day has been bittersweet for me. But, in time, the pain of losing my dad turned into a feeling of great thankfulness that I got to spend the first half of my life with someone so intelligent, creative, courageous and fun. His spirit is what makes me leap into new adventures. Now, when life gets challenging, I just pull the thorns out, get back on my horse and keep riding. Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads who mean so much to their kids. Alexandra Arboledahttp://www.alexandra4az.com/Make checks payable to: Alexandra for ArizonaP.O. Box 55356Phoenix, AZ 85078-0356
On this historic day for women in America, please consider donating to my campaign at www.alexandra4az.com; help spread the word through social media and e mail. I am running to serve on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, the Board of Directors that manages the Central Arizona Project and our Colorado River supplies. I need your help to reach thousands of voters in Maricopa County. Your donation will help pay for my website, literature, media, and consulting. My volunteers are working tirelessly to help me get elected, but we can’t do it without your support. Regardless of your party affiliation or how you feel about politicians, it is a historic moment for anyone who has been an advocate for a woman's right to vote, to have equal rights and to challenge expectations or assumptions about what women can do. I have had countless opportunities and privileges that my grandmothers and my mother did not enjoy. My mother and father always made me feel like I could do anything or be anything in life – without limits – and that being a woman is pretty awesome. While I can’t pay them back for all they did to make my life better, I can pay it forward. When I received this hand-written note from my 15-year-old daughter on Mother’s Day, I realized that I am running not only to solve Arizona’s water challenges but also for her. I want my daughter to know that she can be anything she wants if she dreams big, works hard, and has courage. "Dear Mom,I love you so much! You are one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met, and such a great role model. Especially this year, you have taken on so many projects that each have such a fabulous impact on the world. And on top of that you take care of Nico and me and keep the house looking gorgeous. I don’t know how you can do even half of what you are doing... I am so thankful to have a mom like you who I can look up to and have aspirations to be like. In my eyes, your life has been non-stop just achieving and crushing expectations… I think it’s so cool how you are always passing expectations for women while at the same time taking care of Nico and me… You’re always there for me too no matter what’s going on in your life… You’re so generous, you always give all of yourself to people or projects… I think you’re one of the coolest people I’ve ever met because you aren’t afraid to break the mold. You’re so tough, that even when you get criticized you get right back up and prove again how cool you are… You’re such an amazing mom and person, and I love you so much it’s crazy. Thank you for being you because you inspire me every day. Love, Isabel" My mother used to tell me that our duty in life is like concentric circles – we must take care of our family first, then our friends and neighbors, and then our community and world – but we have a responsibility to give to all three in our lives. As a young person, I focused on my family and friends. Once my two children were born, all my decisions were made for them and my focus was on my family and sometimes friends and neighbors. Now that my kids are more independent, I feel it is my duty to look beyond the personal, to serve my community, and to tackle the challenges facing Arizona. As a water attorney, a writer, a teacher, and a mom, my path has been winding, but I have been inspired by other women who have had the courage and determination to follow their dreams and change the world. Please consider making a donation today to help me achieve my goals. With sincere gratitude, Alexandra ArboledaCandidate for CAWCD Board(602) firstname.lastname@example.orgP.O. Box 55356Phoenix, AZ 85078-0356 Alexandra Arboledahttp://www.alexandra4az.com/ Paid for by Alexandra for Arizona