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Meet the Team: Meet the Team
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Chief of Staff 

Office: (520) 724-8126

Keith Bagwell joined District 5 in early 2002 after a 23-year career as an Arizona newspaper journalist and two years working on election campaigns, writing on a free-lance basis, and working with labor unions.

He is co-chair of the National Writers Union Tucson Chapter, is on the Arizona AFL-CIO General Board, and has held leadership and advisory roles with state and local environmental organizations over the last two decades. He is a precinct committeeman for the Pima County Democratic Party.

As a newspaperman, his assignments included 12 years as The Arizona Daily Star’s environmental reporter, five years covering the Arizona Legislature and state government in Phoenix for the Scottsdale Progress and United Press International, and stints covering city halls, courts, county governments, and on general assignment.

Keith has degrees from the University of Arizona and in his spare time reads, plays bridge and is a baseball nut. He is married to Carolyn Trowbridge and has a step daughter and three granddaughters.

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Director of Community Engagement

Office: (520) 724-8126

Elvira is originally from El Centro California and is the first generation in her family to be born in the United States and to graduate from university.

Growing up in an underserved border community made it clear to Elvira that issues affecting her community and working-class people often stemmed from representation that was disconnected from the people they served and inspired her to demystify public service and advocacy.

Prior to joining District 5, Elvira was a community organizer with Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), field director for Mayor Regina Romero, and campaign manager for Congressman Raúl Grijalva and Supervisor Adelita Grijalva.


Elvira holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of California San Diego and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at the University of Arizona.

In her free time, Elvira enjoys spending time with her family, friends, dog Kiki, listening to music, reading, and riding her bike.

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Special Staff Assistant

Office: (520) 724-8126

Samantha was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and has always felt strong ties to her hometown. For most of her grade school education, she attended public schools. She graduated from Tucson High and is a proud badger. She started volunteering with Pima County Teen Court as a high school sophomore, where she met Adelita Grijalva, and began learning about the issues our community faces.


After graduation, Samantha studied at Harvard College and received a degree in English. She has returned to Tucson to pursue a career in public service. Samantha is excited to work with the D5 team and continue to expand her knowledge of the city and local government. She is inspired by community leaders such as Adelita and hopes to contribute to effecting true change and improving the quality of life of this special place we call home. Samantha is an avid reader, a friend, a daughter, and a life-long learner.

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Special Staff Assistant

Office: (520) 724-8126

Nicholas was raised in Tucson and has lived in District 5 his whole life. He attended The Gregory School for high school, during which time he first met  Supervisor Adelita Grijalva as  a volunteer Teen Attorney for Pima County Teen Court. He then worked as an AmeriCorps member for the program from 2016 to 2019. His years of learning from Supervisor Grijalva taught him the importance of civic duty and the sense of fulfillment achieved from being committed to one’s community.

Nicholas holds degrees from The University of Arizona, where he pursued both a Bachelor's degree and an Accelerated Master’s Degree in Art History.

Nicholas uses his leisure time to explore art and design through books, film, and social media,  watch favorite movies,  talk with friends, and catch up on current events.


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