Arizona

Jan 19, 2014 2:41 PM by Associated Press

Few black lawmakers in Ariz. political scene

PHOENIX (AP) - African-American leaders in Arizona fear their political presence is fading.

The impending retirement of State Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor could leave Arizona as one of a handful of states with no African-Americans in the Legislature.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1jfCWbK) Landrum Taylor marked the beginning of her final legislative session on Tuesday.

Since 1950, there has been at least one African-American in either the state House or the Senate.

African-Americans trying to build political clout face several challenges, such as a lack of candidates and a small voting population across the state.

While Landrum Taylor says she will run for secretary of state, no black candidates have emerged for any statewide or legislative office.

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