American Federation of Teachers Endorses Tom O'Halleran for Congress

Sedona, AZ – Democrat Tom O’Halleran announced today that the American Federation of Teachers, Arizona Chapter endorsed him in his race for Congress in Arizona’s first district, which reaches from Flagstaff and the Navajo Nation down to the Tucson suburbs of Marana, Saddlebrooke and Oro Valley. 

“Educators in Arizona know firsthand the challenges that families in our state struggle with each day, and we are confident that Tom O’Halleran is the best candidate to help families meet those challenges,” said Arizona AFT representative, Ralph Quintana. “Tom has a record in the legislature: he always put children first, whether it was reforming Child Protective Services or funding all-day kindergarten. Often, he stood up against tremendous political pressure, and he did the right thing. We know that he will continue to do what is right for Arizona’s children and families when he gets to Congress.”

“I am grateful to receive the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers, Arizona Chapter," said O'Halleran. "One of the values I learned from my parents is that every child deserves a quality education. In this new economy, investing in our children’s schooling is the critical factor in preparing them to succeed as adults.”

Tom’s early endorsements include: 

  • Representative Ann Kirkpatrick
  • Former Representative Ron Barber
  • Terry Goddard, Former Arizona Attorney General
  • Felicia Rotellini, 2014 Nominee for Arizona Attorney General 
  • Fred DuVal, 2014 Democratic nominee for Governor 
  • Navajo County Sheriff K.C. Clark
  • Navajo County Attorney Brad Carlyon
  • State Rep. Eric Meyer, Democratic House Leader
  • State Rep. Rebecca Rios, Democratic House Whip
  • State Rep. Ken Clark
  • State Rep. Albert Hale
  • State Rep. Jonathan Larkin
  • State Rep. Charlene Fernandez
  • State Rep. Lisa Otondo
  • State Rep. Mark Cardenas
  • State Rep. Lela Alston
  • State Sen Katie Hobbs, Democratic Senate Leader
  • State Sen. Steve Farley, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader
  • State Sen. Martín Quezada, Democratic Senate Whip
  • State Sen. Lynne Pancrazi
  • State Sen. David Bradley
  • State Sen. Andrea D’Alessandro
  • State Rep. Stefanie Mach
  • State Rep. Reginald Bolding
  • State Rep. Juan Mendez
  • State Sen. Andrew Sherwood
  • Supervisor Art Babbott, Coconino County Supervisors
  • Superviser Matt Ryan, Coconino County Supervisors
  • Sheriff William Pribil, Coconino County Sheriff
  • Former State Rep. Tom Chabin
  • Former State Sen. Ed Ableser
  • Don Bivens, Former Arizona Democratic Party Chair
  • Don Jorgensen, Former Pima County Democratic Party Chair
  • Roberto Reveles, Former Stewart and Morris Udall Staffer
  • End Citizens United

  • Follow Tom on Twitter and Facebook


Learn more about Tom’s grassroots campaign on the website

Read Tom’s biography

Living in Arizona’s First District for over two decades, Tom has committed himself to improving the lives of others. In 1966 he joined the Chicago Police Department where he was an officer and one of the youngest homicide investigators in the city’s history. In 1979 Tom became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) where he opened up his own business and served two terms on the board of directors. Tom is a past member of the Board for Prevent Child Abuse, Arizona, and was a founding member of Arizona’s Children’s Caucus at the legislature. Tom continued his commitment to public service during his eight years in the Arizona legislature where he built a reputation for taking on tough challenges despite the political consequences. After serving his constituents in the legislature, Tom maintained his commitment to protecting Arizona’s natural beauty as the President of Keep Sedona Beautiful and as a Chairperson on the Verde River Basin Partnership.


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