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Our View: Want hope and change? Choose Talia Fuentes

If you want to see the disconnect between young people and the political establishment, look no further than the Democratic race in Congressional District 5.

Two political novices inspired by the Bernie Sanders movement are eager to make a difference. Talia Fuentes, a newly minted college graduate, and Kinsey Remaklus, a software engineer, want to change how the system works, because the way they see it, the establishment isn’t working for a lot of people.

So they file to run for one of Arizona’s highest political offices. In one of the state’s most securely conservative districts. And they are working on their own.

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Our View: Want hope and change? Choose Talia Fuentes

Talia Fuentes attended a Bernie Sanders campaign event in March, taking the first step in a new journey.

“It all clicked for me,” said Fuentes, who’s now running to represent Arizona’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. “And I understood: This is what Bernie’s saying. It’s not just a presidential election. It’s about those of us in our communities stepping up.”

Fuentes, 31, is a single mother with a degree in applied biology. She entered the race in the spring and has been campaigning “nonstop” ever since. Previously, she was a radio host for about five years, working on a morning drive-time show and a ska punk show in the Phoenix market. She’s also had a lifelong interest in animal welfare and has done wildlife conservation work in South Africa. She spent the past summer in Nicaragua, spaying and neutering dogs.

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