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Wed Aug 5, 2020, 06:06 AM

Arizona State Rep. Athena Salman, an Atheist, Wins Her Democratic Primary


Arizona State Rep. Athena Salman, an Atheist, Wins Her Democratic Primary
By Hemant Mehta, August 5, 2020

Arizona State Rep. Athena Salman comfortably won her (competitive) primary Tuesday night. In a three-way race where only the top two will move on to the November ballot, Salman came out on top.

If she wins in November, it would be her third term in the State House, where she currently serves as Minority Whip.

Salman has been a progressive force ever since entering the State Capitol in 2016. She’s also been outspoken about her atheism. When she gave an invocation in 2017, she was berated by Republicans right after she was finished… merely because her speech didn’t invoke their God.

In terms of legislation, she wrote a bill that pressured the Department of Correction to make feminine hygiene products more available to inmates as well as pushed for strengthening public education, immigration reform, and LGBTQ rights. The Arizona Republic named her one of the “10 Arizona newsmakers you’ll want to watch” in 2019.

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