Lisa Otondo

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Lisa Otondo
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Arizona House of Representatives District 4
In office
January 7, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMonterey Institute of International Studies
Master'sMonterey Institute of International Studies
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Campaign website
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Lisa Otondo is a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 4. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Otondo earned her B.S. in International Policy Studies from Monterey Institute of International Studies, her M.S. in International Public Administration from Monterey Institute of International Studies and studied at L'Universite' Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers, Maine et Loire, France and La Universidad Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.[1] Her professional experience includes working as a real estate agent, a language arts teacher for Crane School District, international flight attendant and Instructor of Cross-Cultural Communications at American Airlines, partner in an import/export business selling refurbished medical equipment to third world countries, an International Affairs Specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Department of Commerce, organizing international conferences and R&D programs relating to weather, environmental and oceanographic issues, and English professor at the Guilin Geology Institute in China PRC.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Otondo served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013
Technology and Infrastructure


Campaign themes


Otondo's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Economic Development and Jobs
Excerpt: "I believe in fiscal discipline, support for innovation and entrepreneurship, and investment in the knowledge and skills of the work force."
  • Education
Excerpt: "As a former teacher, I know that public education is NOT just an abstract political issue. Arizona is ranked 46th in the United States for its K-12 education system, according to Education Weekly. Public education MUST become a priority in Arizona!"



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Incumbent Lisa Otondo faced Charlene Fernandez and Jose Suarez in the Democratic primary. Richard Hopkins was unopposed in the Republican primary.[3]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Otondo won election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 4. Ontondo and Juan Carlos Escamilla defeated Charlene Fernandez in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. The two candidates are unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Otondo Incumbent 53.2% 23,334
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Carlos "J.C." Escamilla Incumbent 46.8% 20,498
Total Votes 43,832
Arizona House of Representatives, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Otondo 34.9% 4,238
Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Carlos Escamilla 33.3% 4,038
Charlene Fernandez 31.8% 3,865
Total Votes 12,141

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Otondo is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Otondo raised a total of $24,600 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[5]

Lisa Otondo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 4 Won $24,600
Grand Total Raised $24,600


Otondo won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Otondo raised a total of $24,600.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lisa Otondo's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$21,512
Otondo, Lisa$648
Grogan, Brian$150
Armenta, Tomie$150
Demiguel, Chad$150
Total Raised in 2012$24,600
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[6]


In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[6]

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