Lela Alston, Senate District 24
Representative Lela Alston spent 34 years teaching in Arizona public schools. In 2008, she began serving on the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board. Additionally, she has brought her in-depth understanding of the public education system to the state legislature. First elected in 1976, she remained in office for 18 years. Seeing the continued challenges plaguing public education, she returned to the Legislature in 2011. Rep. Alston will bring this commitment and experience to the senate. Due to both her legislative tenures, as well as her experience in the schools, Rep. Alston knows the importance of ensuring sustainable public education funding, establishing full-day kindergarten to increase early literacy attainment, providing after-school programs and adequately funding facilities. She also knows the importance of allowing flexibility in ELL instruction programs so schools may meet the needs of their student population.