Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

African American Leaders Fear Their Political Presence In Arizona Is Fading

African-American leaders in Arizona fear their political presence is fading. The impending retirement of State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor could leave Arizona as one of a handful of states with no African-Americans in the Legislature. The Arizona Republic reports Landrum Taylor is marking the beginning of her final legislative session today. Since 1950, there has been at least one African-American in either the state House or the Senate.
 
African-Americans trying to build political clout face several challenges, such as a lack of candidates and a small voting population across the state. While Landrum Taylor says she will run for secretary of state, no black candidates have emerged for any statewide or legislative office.

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