A retired federal budget analyst has met qualifications for candidacy for the Arizona House in District 25, a sprawling district that takes in Marana west of I-10.

Pat Fleming filed 730 petition signatures and 275 $5 Clean Elections Campaign contributions on May 12.

Fleming, the daughter of a career Army officer and a Sierra Vista resident since 1969, is a “fiscal conservative who knows how to fund vital programs without frivolous spending,” she said in a release. Fleming is running as a Democrat.

“District 25 taxpayers deserve a better return on the tax dollars they spend on government programs,” she said. “Rural Arizona deserves better service from Phoenix. Our children deserve a world-class education that prepares them to be productive citizens. Our seniors deserve to live in dignity and deserve our respect after a lifetime of paying taxes. Our broken health care system needs repair. I will bring my budgeting experience to bear on these significant state issues.”

During her 24-year career, Fleming served as civilian budget and manpower analyst for the Department of the Army at Ft. Huachuca.

“My experience in managing complex government resources and manpower allocations taught me how to make government more efficient,” she said. “At a time when our state government is facing a $3 billion shortfall, the Legislature needs someone who can bring more efficiency to our budgeting process.”

She is a longtime District 25 resident who served as a member of the Arizona Democratic Party State Committee, the Cochise County Democratic Party Executive Board since 2004, and was selected to chair the Cochise County Democratic Party in 2006. She gave up these party posts in November 2007, to begin her campaign for the Arizona House.

“In all my time working to improve our community, I’ve learned how important it is to do the right thing,” Fleming said. “At the Legislature, I think we need more voices standing up for average Arizonans, and the people who can’t speak for themselves, like children, the elderly and those with serious illnesses.”

Fleming lives in Sierra Vista with her husband, Bob.

The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Jennifer Burns, who has announced she does not plan to seek re-election.

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