She sought anonymity, but now Talonya Adams is front and center in Arizona politics

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 By Stacey Barchenger | Arizona Republic

She filed the lawsuit as Jane Doe because she knew what she was up against.

The Arizona Senate aide, a Black woman who worked there for just over two years, was alleging in court that the leaders of the state Legislature fired her for complaining about a $30,000 disparity between her pay and that of white men.

Now, over four years after filing that lawsuit, Jane Doe’s real name — Talonya Adams — is at the forefront of Arizona politics.

Despite the shame of being fired that prompted her to seek anonymity, Adams is speaking out about her firing by officials including Katie Hobbs, the Senate Democratic leader at the time who is now Secretary of State and seeking to be Arizona’s next governor.

She is buoyed by two federal jury verdicts in her favor, the most recent on Nov. 10.

“I firmly believe that Katie Hobbs is not fit to serve as governor of the state of Arizona,” Adams said, adding that Hobbs should resign her current position as the state’s election overseer.

While Adams speaks 


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