Jan 19, 2014 2:41 PM by Associated Press
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.