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Gay former Arizona politician: Veto of SB 1062 was 'right thing'

PHOENIX -- Prominent members of the gay community are rejoicing after Governor Jan Brewer killed a controversial bill that some said would have legalized discrimination.

Former Phoenix City Councilman Tom Simplot, who is openly gay, is one of those people.

"I raced home, turned on the TV to watch what I hoped would be good news," he said.

Simplot had served the city for a decade, during which time he became a champion for LGBTQ rights.

"It was a huge sigh of relief, she did the right thing," he said. "Had she not vetoed SB 1062, it would have been catastrophic. Without a doubt, she listened very closely to the business community."

Simplot was in office during the SB 1070 ordeal and expects the state's image, which has taken a beating once again, will recover.

"At the end of the day, those folks who visit the state, visit Phoenix know that we are a welcoming state and welcoming city and they will continue to come back," he said.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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