America’s courts are being weaponized to force out and silence elected officials who are just trying to do their jobs. It’s now happening in our own state. And it’s now happening to me, as a local government official.

As a Cochise County Supervisor, I have done everything I can to support my constituents and their right to have transparent and accurate elections in their districts. And I have been indicted for it. I have my first court date a few days before Christmas—it’s scary and uncomfortable for this grandmother of 19. Add to this that I am also possibly spending my last Christmas with my very ill husband of 42 years.

I am not a criminal and am terrified of the potential outcomes I will face for simply trying to do my job. Fortunately, I have retained counsel but with much personal sacrifice. I cannot come up with the money on my own. We are modest people, there are no silver spoons in our family. I do not believe I stand a chance of fighting this criminal case against me without an excellent attorney, and I certainly cannot pay my excellent attorney without your help.

God Bless you all. Thank you for whatever you can contribute.