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Felicia French fell short of winning a seat representing Legislative District 6 in the Arizona House during the last election but that may not have dampened her political ambitions.

French announced Thursday Feb. 14 that she would be running for the State Senate seat representing Legislative District 6 in 2020.

If she is successful, French said she will work towards “improving public education, affordable and accessible healthcare, and protecting our drinking water from hydraulic fracking,” according to a press release.

According to her campaign, French is a strong advocate for the public education system starting with early-childhood care including all-day kindergarten, and encouraging more affordable options for college or trade schools.

French is also a strong advocate for veterans and their families, responsible gun-ownership and transitioning the state to use more renewable energy, according to her campaign.

The seat is currently held by Republican Senator Sylvia Allen who has held the position since 2015 and beat Wade Carlisle in the last election.

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In 2018, French, running as a Democrat, came within 577 votes of winning as a seat as a state representative but lost out to Republican Representatives Walter Blackman and Bob Thorpe.

In that election, French ran on issues such as increasing funding for public school’s over charters, an increased gasoline tax to bring in more money for road infrastructure and making it more difficult for people to obtain military style weapons.

French is a third-generation Arizonan and resident of Pine, Arizona and served in the Army as a MedEvac helicopter pilot. French is also a registered nurse and educator.

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Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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