Thank you for taking the time to visit my website.
I want you to know more about me so that you will see what a good fit it is for me to be your Justice of the Peace.
I was born into a family of lawyers. My late father and his brother, and my two older brothers and sister formed the law firm of Aboud and Aboud and they have practiced law in Tucson for nearly 80 years.
While I did not become a lawyer, I learned how to reason and think intelligently and my keen perception and insightful questioning served me well as a business woman, a teacher and a politician.
I was the middle child in a family of half Republicans and half Democrats. I learned to stand in the middle of my family and in the middle of issues so that I could see all sides clearly. That is where I believed I could be the most useful. That’s what led me to become a community mediator at Our Town in Tucson. I wanted to help others to see more than one side of an issue. What a powerful skill it has been and will be, especially as a judge.
From my mother I learned respect and true compassion. She grew up during the Depression and her father fed the hungry men who rode the trains and walked past their grocery store in downtown Iowa. All her life, she befriended people from all walks of life and she fed hungry people whenever possible. Today, it is my own passion to help others that led me into politics. I wanted to make a bigger difference in people’s lives.
I had been a Rincon High School English teacher and a coach for many years and later became a college athletic coach in Maine. I loved working with young people, always trying to empower them in their lives. Maine is where I became involved in politics. When my parents became ill, I came back to Tucson to care for them and I took over the property management of my family's real estate business. I immersed myself in neighborhood organizing and then became a leader in the Pima County Democratic Party.
When Gabby Giffords resigned from the Arizona Senate to run for Congress, and because I was a stalwart in the Democratic Party, a leader and a do-er, I was selected by the Board of Supervisors to replace her. As your Senator, I served all of my constituents to the best of my ability. Every day, I used my perception and insights to ferret out the truth during committee hearings. Every day, I advocated for laws that served all people equally. Every day, I worked hard to fund programs that made a difference for all the citizens of Arizona. And I loved serving my constituents.
I worked hard for 7 years as your Senator. I was voted Most Effective Democratic Senator twice because of my calm, professional demeanor, my sharp questioning during committee hearings and my ability to work with everyone. And now that I am term-limited out of the Arizona Senate, I am seeking a new pathway for being of service to the citizens of Tucson and Pima County. I believe that I have the skills and the demeanor and the commitment to serve our community well. I will treat people fairly in the courtroom, with dignity and respect. I will work hard to ensure they receive justice and fairness in my courtroom. And I pledge to keep our citizens and the community safe.
I look forward to maintaining the integrity and dignity of this position, to serve with honor and to represent well the citizens of this JP district and Pima County.