Ellen Simon

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Ellen Simon was a Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional District of Arizona

Ellen Simon was a Democratic candidate in the 2006 congressional elections for the 1st Congressional District (map) of Arizona.


Positions, record and controversies


Simon was born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors.[1] She graduated in 1974 from Brandeis University with a bachelor's degree in political science and urban studies. In 1979 she received a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

Legal career

Simon served as law clerk to Judge Ann Aldrich, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, from 1983 to 1984.[2] After clerking, she became a well known civil rights attorney in the Cleveland area, founding her own firm, and specializing in employee protection law. She was the lead attorney in a several landmark Ohio cases. Among those were winning the first discrimination case of its kind, on behalf of an AIDS patient who was refused admission to a hospital, and winning a case in Ohio's first same-sex sexual harassment trial. In July 2001, the National Law Journal ranked her as one of the "Nation's Leading Litigators."

Simon has taught Employment Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.


Simon is married to Blaine Tanner, who has become a campaign issue. Tanner and his previous wife separated in 1991. After the separation, there were allegations that Tanner was a "deadbeat dad."[3] In response, Simon and Tanner filed a libel suit that asked for an injunction against Pamela Tanner, who lives in Canada, saying that she made numerous false and defamatory claims in the postings and accused her of trying to extort $10 million from them by threatening media exposure. Just days before the Arizona Democratic primary, a Canadian court ruled against the ex-wife.[4]

2006 elections

In the Democratic primary on September 12, 2006, Simon won a decisive victory in a five-way race.[5] She lost to incumbent Rick Renzi, however, in the general election.

2008 elections

Simon prepared to run again in the 2008 congressional elections and filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC,[6] but later withdrew from the race.[7]

More background data

Background information on Rick Renzi, whom Ellen Simon challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:


Campaign contact information

Email: esimon@ellensimonforcongress.com
Phone: 928-284-3331
Mail: Ellen Simon for Congress
P.O. Box 20435
Sedona, AZ 86341

Articles and resources

See also


  1. John Christian Hopkins, "Renzi release creates Hale storm: Incumbent blasted at Simon rally", Gallup Independent, October 7, 2006
  2. Cache of biography at EllenSimon.law, accessed October 16, 2006
  3. Jon Kamman, "Woes of candidate's husband cloud race", Arizona Republic", August 17, 2006
  4. Aaron Blake, "Renzi challenger wins injunction against husband’s ex-wife", The Hill, September 6, 2006
  5. "2006 Primary Election (Unofficial Results)," Arizona Secretary of State.
  6. Simon's FEC filings
  7. Official Ellen Simon for Congress website

Wikipedia also has an article on Ellen Simon. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

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