Angela Cotera

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Angela Cotera
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Arizona State Senate, District 19
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Angela Cotera is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 19 of the Arizona State Senate.

Cotera was a 2010 Democratic candidate for District 12 of the Arizona House of Representatives.


Cotera earned her B.A. in Plan II: Honors Liberal Arts from the University of Texas Austin in 1986. She also received a B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1995.

Cotera was a nuclear engineer for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station from 1986 to 1988. She then worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Stanford University from 1989 to 1991. From 1991 to 1995, she was a NASA graduate research fellow for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center/Stanford University. Cotera worked as a national research council fellow for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1995 to 1998. She then worked as a research associate for Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona from 1998 to 2002. From 2002 to 2003 she was a lecturer of Astronomy at Arizona State University. Finally, she was employed by the Carl Sagan Center's Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence Institute as principal investigator from 2003 to 2008.

Cotera was a member of Emerge Arizona and Precinct Committee Member for the Democratic Party from 2007 to 2008. She was also a candidate for the Arizona State Senate in 2008 but was not elected.



See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 26, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Representative Lupe Contreras will face Angela Cotera in the Democratic primary.[1]


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cotera was unopposed in the August 24 primary. She was defeated by incumbent Republicans Steve Montenegro and Jerry Weiers in the November 2 general election.[2]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 12 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Montenegro (R) 36,623
Green check mark transparent.png Jerry Weiers (R) 35,724
Angela Cotera (D) 30,543
Justin Dahl (G) 6,762

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