Arizona House Democratic leader Cano to step down

TUCSON, Arizona (KGUN) — Arizona House Democratic Leader Andres Cano has announced plans to step down at the end of this legislative session to pursue a graduate degree from Harvard University.

“While I promise that the state budget process will continue to move forward, I have important news to share with you. I have accepted the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pursue graduate studies at Harvard Kennedy School. ’” Kano shared in a press release.

Represented by 30-year-old Kano Arizona Legislative District 20, in Pima County, primarily west of Tucson. He won his first state election in 2018 and was elected as the House Minority Leader in 2022.

In addition, Kano serves as a director. Community Foundation of Southern Arizona LGBTQ+ Alliance FundKano has said he will also step down from that position in June.

In a statement, Kano said his resignation was a signal for a temporary break.

“As a first-generation college graduate, I never dreamed I would have an opportunity like this,” Kano said in a statement. “I want to prepare for the next chapter of public service.”

According to Arizona law fill a legislative vacancy They are appointed by members of the same party, first by the party’s state chairman and then by the local supervisory board.

The current session of the Arizona Legislature will adjourn on Friday, May 26.

Anne Simmons Digital content producer for KGUN 9. Anne started her career in television while a student at the University of Arizona. Before he joined KGUN, he managed multiple public access television stations in the Bay Area and worked as a video producer in the non-profit sector. Share story ideas and key issues with Anne via email or by connecting Instagram, twitter again LinkedIn.

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