Mark Your Calendar: Town Hall for Andy Biggs on April 18th, 7 PM
Arizona5Voters.com and AZCD5.org are hosting a Town Hall event for constituents of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District on Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00PM at Gilbert Elementary School 175 W Elliot Rd, Gilbert, AZ. The event is expected to gather 300 of Congressman Biggs’ constituents to ask questions on various topics including: education, healthcare, immigration, national security, environment, trade, the judiciary committee, and others. Representative Andy Biggs has declined our invitation and the hundreds of additional requests for his attendance. Our organization will hold this event as scheduled regardless of the Congressman’s attendance. We will be utilizing this event as a community engagemment and voter education event instead.
This community Town Hall event will include an illustrious panel of four local figures with relevant political and legislative experience. The panelists will be fielding questions submitted live at the event and in advance over the web. We also plan to have a prominently known news personality as the moderator of this event.
Ken Clark began his second term in as a representative of Legislative District 24 in 2017 service Central Phoenix and South Scottsdale. Ken has been a valued and respected part of Arizona politics for over 15 years. Ken is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. In 1995, he completed his Master’s Degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington, DC. From 1995 to 1998, Ken was the Bosnian Country Director for Search for Common Ground, the international mediation and citizen diplomacy organization. He reported on his work to organizations such as the National Security Council and the European Union and published in trade journals and periodicals. Ken created Get Your Phoenix in 2009, a monthly event that promotes the small businesses of Phoenix. In 2010, he launched “Phoestivus,” a fundraising event for the Downtown Phoenix Farmer’s Market and one of the most popular holiday food and crafts fairs in the valley. Ken is also a real estate agent who specializes in historic homes and is a strong advocate of historic preservation.
Dr. Randall Friese was first elected to the House of Representatives by District 9 in 2014. He is currently the Assistant Democratic Leader, and also serves on the Appropriations Committee.
Dr. Friese was born in Baltimore and earned both his undergraduate degree, in biochemistry, and his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He completed his medical residency as well as a trauma research fellowship at the University of Colorado Department of Surgery. Dr. Friese served on active duty in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps from 1997-2001. He then completed a critical care fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Since 2008, he has been a trauma surgeon and professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He was one of the trauma surgeons who cared for the victims of the January 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson that wounded Congresswoman Giffords.
Dr. Friese is married to Susan Friese, a former nurse, whose involvement in the Tucson community includes membership on several boards, including Planned Parenthood AZ and the January 8th Memorial Development Committee. Susan also works as a Literacy Program Assistant at Literacy Connects. Dr. Friese and Susan share their home with their rescued cats– Agador and Blanca–as well as Cooper, their 9-year-old golden retriever.
Elected to the Mesa City Council in August 2016, Councilmember Ryan Winkle began his first term representing District 3 in January of 2017. His term on the Council runs until January of 2022.
Winkle is one of the co-founders of the Mesa Urban Garden, a community organization that provides fresh produce directly to the community and local food banks. He was a key voice behind turning an empty dirt lot into a point of pride for Downtown Mesa. He is also a co-founder of RAILMesa, a registered neighborhood group that advocates for increased citizen participation, responsible development of housing, transit options and the creation of quality jobs along Mesa’s Light Rail Corridor.
Winkle works as a Community Economic Development Consultant, dealing with underserved communities around the East Valley in the areas of housing options, workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, public outreach and transit-oriented development.
Winkle holds a both a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Urban Dynamics and a Bachelor of Sciences in Urban Planning from Arizona State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Wilkes University Mesa. Raised in Mesa, Ryan and his wife Ericka have one son, Rian Erick.