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Mon, Feb. 24

Deschene announces candidacy for Arizona District 2 House seat

<i>Courtesy Photo</i><br>From Staff Report <i>The Observer</i>

<i>Courtesy Photo</i><br>From Staff Report <i>The Observer</i>

Christopher Clark Deschene, who was raised in LeChee and now lives in St. Michaels recently announced his candidacy for the Legislative District 2 seat in the Arizona House of Representative. Deschene is running as a Democratic candidate.

Deschene is a partner in the law firm Schaff and Clark Deschene, LLC, which does legal work for tribal governments throughout the country.

Deschene is a 1993 graduate of the United State Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Arizona State University's College of Law in 2005, and holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the ASU College of Engineering in 2005. He is a 12-year veteran with the USMC Infantry and Reconnaissance Units, and completed his duty as a major, USMCR in 2003.

Recently, Deschene successfully defended an attempt to suppress Navajo voters and their ability to select their own political candidates.

On June 27, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Mark F. Aceto ruled that the non-Navajo challenger failed to show that Navajo post office boxes would invalidate Navajo voters from signing nominating petitions. As a result, Judge Aceto ruled in favor of Deschene's motion.

"Over the last 20 years, I've worked hard to gain the education and experience needed to best represent the citizens of northern Arizona," Deschene said. "Naturally, I would be honored to serve northern Arizona communities who need strong ... representation."

"My political philosophy is simple and clear - I believe in strong and balanced leadership. I believe in supporting our working families. And I believe in supporting regional economic development for northern Arizona that is good for our environment."

"Because there are no Republican challengers ... , the voters' decision rests entirely on the Sept. 2 primary election for the Democratic Party. In the next few weeks, I look forward to meeting the voters in the communities of northern Arizona," Deschene concluded.

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