David Schapira
Diana Martinez/AFN

Democrats from the newly formed Legislative District 18 gathered Monday evening to hear the announcement of a new office opening in Ahwatukee Foothills, also hearing from congressional candidate Dave Schapira.

The office is set to open near 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard by the end of this month, with campaigning gearing up in September. Three volunteers will be stationed at the Ahwatukee location, according to LD 18 chair CJ Briggle.

“Ideally I would like to move in by Saturday, but we’re still working on a few things,” said Briggle, mentioning set up for phone lines and Internet connections.

With a six-month lease to last through campaigning and the November election, Briggle said she is excited for the move.

“This is huge for us,” she added.

LD 18’s headquarters in downtown Phoenix has served as the district’s only office since a closer space in Ahwatukee with a three-month lease closed after the last election. Plans for this Ahwatukee office once election season is over, is still up in the air, Briggle said.

Schapira spoke to the meeting’s 50-plus attendees and reiterated his goal to “keep focusing on education,” which he said cannot be an issue only for school districts, but a national one.

Schapira, who is running for Congressional District 9, is among Democrats Kysten Sinema and Andrei Cherny also vying for the seat. Republican candidates are Travis Grantham, Martin Sepulveda, Vernon Parker, Leah Campos Schandlbauer and Wendy Rogers.

The newly redrawn District 18, formerly District 20, covers Ahwatukee Foothills, west Chandler, and parts of Mesa.

Diana Martinez is freelancing this summer for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Reach her at d.amadamartinez@gmail.com.

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