City Council Candidate Profile: David Lujan

Phoenix City Hall
(Aubree Abril/DD)

This year, voters will elect Phoenix City Council representatives in the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th districts.

David Lujan is a candidate for the Phoenix City Council 4th District, where current councilman Tom Simplot is not running for reelection.

Lujan was appointed to the Arizona Senate in January 2012 to replace Representative Kyrsten Sinema, who resigned to run for Congress. He previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010 and as the House majority leader from January 2009 to December 2010.

Not only does Lujan have an extensive political background, he was also the prime sponsor of the Arizona DREAM Act, a legislative proposal for illegal immigrants graduating from U.S. high schools in hopes of attaining conditional permanent residency.

Lujan is currently the Chief Administrator of ASU Preparatory Academy, a charter public school in downtown Phoenix for kindergarten through 10th grades that works with ASU to help students’ college success.

“I love the students,” Lujan said. “I feel strongly about our mission.”

Hard work throughout his career and years of extensive experience have helped provide a sense of balance within Lujan’s life in the midst of his heavy involvement in the community.

Lujan, who graduated from ASU with a law degree and Bachelor of Arts in marketing, is also an attorney who described himself as driven to advance the standard living conditions of Arizonans and build a motivation for success in others.

Lynne Adams, Lujan’s former supervisor at the Arizona attorney general’s office, described her amazement at his serenity.

“I don’t know anyone who handles it better than David. I’ve seen him in a lot of situations,” Adams said. “I think he really has a unique sense of focus and purpose and calm that have been very inspirational to me.”

Lujan is a Phoenix-born Arizona native, who enjoys hiking, traveling and taking his 2-year-old rescue dog to the park during his free time.

He advises future graduates to volunteer and get involved as early as possible and, most importantly, to “pursue what you are passionate about.”

Lujan’s accomplishments include the 2009 Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Cherish the Children Award in Media/Public Policy and the 2009 Arizona Chapter of the NASW Public Leader of the Year Award.

Lujan emphasized the importance of having an education to ensure a successful future.

“As Arizona grows, we need more leaders ready to step up to fight for a better city, state and country,” he said.

Phoenix City Council District 4 covers the area between McDowell and Camelback Roads.

Be on the lookout for more candidate profiles during the months leading up to the August election.

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