Naabik'iyátí' Committee endorses Goddard, Rotellini and Duval
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - On Sept. 25, the Navajo Nation's Council Naabik'iyátí' Committee endorsed a few Arizona political candidates. The council passed legislation to endorse Terry Goddard to serve as secretary of state, Felicia Rotellini as attorney general and Fred DuVal as governor.
Council Delegate Jonathan Nez (Shonto, Oljato, Navajo Mountain, Ts'ah Bii Kin), who sponsored the bills, said endorsing the Arizona political candidates would benefit the Navajo Nation.
"While it may appear my support for these candidates is only along party lines, I want to impress upon folks that these individuals have made multiple visits to our homelands over the years and have delivered meaningful results for our communities in their respective areas of expertise," Nez said.
He added that each of the candidates had built meaningful relationships with many of their community members.
"That means something to our people who look for confidence in elected officials," Nez said. "That is why I support these candidates and urge folks to vote for them this general election."
Goddard, who is a candidate for Arizona secretary of state and is the former mayor of Phoenix, thanked the Navajo Nation for its endorsement, and that of Felicia Rotellini and Fred DuVal.
"I am very proud to receive the endorsement of the Navajo Nation," Goddard said after the meeting. "I look forward to working with elections officials of the Nation to make voting in the state elections easier and protecting everyone's right to vote."
Rotellini, candidate for Arizona attorney general, thanked the committee for their support, too.
"I appreciate the trust and support expressed by the Naabik'iyátí' committee of the Navajo Nation Council," Rotellini said. "I am committed to establishing a stronger and productive relationship between the state of Arizona and the Navajo Nation."
DuVal, candidate for governor of Arizona, said he was grateful to the Navajo Nation for the endorsement of him as the only leader to serve as the governor of Arizona.
"Throughout my career in public service, I have maintained a close relationship with the Navajo Nation, its leaders and its many communities," DuVal said. "We share a common goal to improve education, create good jobs and increased opportunity for all people. When I become Arizona's next governor, we will achieve these goals side by side."
In a previous Naabik'iyátí' Committee meeting in July, Council members also passed legislation to endorse Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick for District 1 in the state of Arizona.