MEET PATRICE

My public service on the Board of Supervisors continues my over 50 years of commitment to our community of Coconino County. After traveling through Flagstaff from Minnesota and falling in love with the San Francisco Peaks, the ponderosa pines, and the cool mountain air, I enrolled as a student at Northern Arizona University. While studying Political Science and History, I was also involved in the Flagstaff environmental community and assisted in the formation of what was known as the Woman’s Resource Center and established shelters for children and victims of domestic violence. My community service through the decades has included volunteering and working with numerous community organizations and non-profit organizations advocating for social and economic justice, women’s rights, animal welfare, economic development, the arts, open spaces, sustainability, and conservation.

I supported myself through both NAU and the University of Arizona law school. While at law school, I was selected by then Senator Dennis DeConcini to intern in Washington DC, for a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. After graduation from law school, I returned to Flagstaff and co-founded the law firm of Hufford and Horstman, P.C., focusing on Indian law, education law, environmental law, municipal law, and healthcare law. I was an active member in the local County Bar Association, serving as its first female president in the 1980’s and was a founding member and president of the Woman Lawyers Association of Northern Arizona. Besides my Bar memberships in both the Federal and State Courts of Arizona and in the U.S Supreme Court, I was also a member of both the Navajo and Hopi Bar Associations and served on the Navajo Bar Board of Commissioners. After over 40 years of law practice, I decided in 2020 to commit to full-time public service by running for the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.

Through my community and professional activism, I have been honored to receive various recognitions, including the 2018 Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scout Woman of Distinction, Coconino County Democratic Party Eleanor Roosevelt Award for democratic stewardship, and The Arizona School Board Association “John McDonald Award” for my legal work championing Arizona Public Schools. It has been my great privilege to serve the people of District 1 and Coconino County as your County Supervisor and I ask for your continued support and vote!

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Highlights of My Professional Activities, Supervisor Boards and Commissions and Education and Bar Admissions:

Coconino County Bar Association, first female president, 1983
Northern Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Founder and first president, 1980
University of Arizona College of Law, Board of Visitors, 1981-84
Arizona Court of Appeals, Judge Pro Tempore 1992
Coconino Center for the Arts, President 1989-1994
Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance, 2016-2020
Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff Advisory Board, 2014-2019
LAUNCH Flagstaff Educational Leadership Board, 2014-2018
Paw Placement Advisory Board 2019-2020
Member of the National Association of County Officials (NACO)
National Association of County Officials (NACO) Public Lands Steering Committee
Western Interstate Region (WIR), Arizona Alternate
Stakeholder, Four Forests Initiative (4FRI)
Coconino County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Flagstaff Metro Plan Regional Transportation Board
Rural Water Management Working Group
National Association of County Officials (NACO) Vice Chair Outdoor Recreation Public Lands Subcommittee
Arizona Resource Advisory Council to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
J.D., University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1979
B.A., Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1976
U.S. Supreme Court (2017)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1980)
Arizona Courts (1979)
U.S. District Court of Arizona (1979)
Hopi Tribal Court (1980)
Navajo Nation Tribal Court (1980)
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