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Senate Candidate Mark Kelly Says Rural, Native-Owned Small Businesses Need Assistance

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U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly

U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly says COVID-19 is hurting small businesses.  Minority owned businesses and those in rural parts of the state are particularly vulnerable.  

During a Thursday Zoom meeting, Kelly, a Democrat looking to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Martha McSally noted failing businesses hurt communities.

“When our small businesses are left behind, so are the local jobs that lift up so many hardworking families," he said. "It’s clear: Washington has fallen short on its promises to support rural and native-owned small businesses.”

Kelly was joined by Kaaren Lyn Graves, project director for the Native American Business and Economic Development Center (NABEDC), which serves Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians; Liza Noland, director of rural programs for Local First Arizona, which promotes locally-owned businesses and Troi Lynn Waln, owner of Zaniya Pro Clean.

They say minority owned businesses need access to capital and banking services.

Kelly said if elected he will work to ensure vulnerable small businesses have the resources they need.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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