Our “Get To Know Your Candidate” series continues. In today’s column, San Tan Times is highlighting candidate January Contreras who is running for attorney general. The incumbent, Mark Brnovich, was highlighted in August 13th edition of San Tan Times. 

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From The January Contreras Campaign 

January Contreras has a long history of fighting for Arizonans 

January was a county and state prosecutor before founding a legal aid organization to protect Arizona’s women, children, and families. She envisions an Arizona where every one of us feels safe, where our constitutional and civil rights are protected without fail, and where the powerful no longer get away with playing by their own set of rules. 

January has worked to keep our streets safe 

January put public safety first when she was a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and an Assistant Attorney General. As a criminal prosecutor, she made sure victims were heard and earned a reputation for being tough and fair. 

January has battled against cuts to health care for Arizona’s working families 

January fought against special interests to fend off cuts to health care insurance when she worked as a policy advisor to Governor Napolitano, and an Assistant Director at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). 

January has protected seniors from abuse and exploitation 

January prosecuted crimes as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General, the department which she is now running to lead. She brought justice to victims and their families in elder abuse and exploitation crimes across the State. 

January has stopped fraud against small businesses and the government 

January was an Assistant Attorney General in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the Office of the Attorney General, where she prosecuted fraud, waste, and abuse in our health care system to protect small businesses and taxpayer money. 

January protected children who were abused and neglected 

January founded a not-for-profit, Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS), so kids and young adults who have survived trauma, homelessness, and the foster care system have access to lawyers who will fight for them. In this work, January has seen first-hand the consequences of our state’s opioid and heroin epidemic, and she’s committed to fighting for prevention and accountability to end it. 

January has taken on human traffickers 

At ALWAYS, January has served Arizonans, including survivors of human trafficking. She has a passion for fighting for trafficking victims, and she will work to put a stop to these horrible crimes of greed and abuse from ever happening in Arizona again. 

January combatted violence against women 

At the Department of Homeland Security, January led the charge to establish the Council on Combating Violence Against Women. She has served on the White House Council on Women and Girls, contributed to the development of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, and volunteered on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. At ALWAYS, she regularly represented victims of domestic violence who would otherwise have no lawyer. 

January is a proud Arizonan who cares about family – hers and yours 

January is a proud Arizonan. She is a fourth-generation Arizonan and the daughter of postal workers. She attended the same school as her mother, Ann Ott Elementary School in Phoenix, before moving to Mesa and graduating from Westwood High School. She went on to earn her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arizona in Tucson. 

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