Cheryl Cage is running for the Arizona State Senate from District 26.

The district takes in Oro Valley, Marana east of I-10, Casas Adobes, Tortolita, Catalina and SaddleBrooke.

“We have problems in Arizona that cannot wait to be solved,” said Cage, a Democrat who lives at Dove Mountain. “How are we going to ensure we have water and energy for our future? What type of strong economic base can we build while still protecting our beautiful desert? How do we become No.1 in education instead of No. 50? How do we provide affordable health care for our citizens?

“These are the greatest challenges and opportunities facing our communities, and our Legislature needs to work on finding real solutions now, not next year or five years from now.”

Two Republicans have filed candidacies for the Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Charlene Pesquiera, who has decided not to seek re-election. Al Melvin and Rep. Pete Hershberger square off in the Sept. 2 primary election.

Cage, who cites Arizona’s potential, feels “the call to public service,” she said in a prepared release. “In my role as a business owner for the past 20 years I have had to work daily to solve problems sooner rather than later. I will work hard to be the type of representative that works with others to find real solutions.”

Cheryl is the founder and president of Cage Consulting, an aviation and business career consulting service. She moved to Arizona in 1999, and has worked as a volunteer, English as a second language tutor, and campaign manager for Lena Saradnik’s successful run for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006.

Saradnik, who resigned from the House last year, is serving as Cage’s campaign manager.

Cage raised $3,230 in seed money toward Arizona Clean Elections campaign funding within four days, she said.

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