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Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema in the Valley for Thanksgiving holiday

Posted at 5:51 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 19:51:11-05

Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema is back in the Valley after spending some time in Washington D.C. It was her first time talking to the media since her acceptance speech a couple weeks ago.

Sinema has met with Governor Doug Ducey since being back in town, with his office taking several photos of the meeting at the state capitol in Phoenix.

Sinema told ABC15 Wednesday the meeting with Ducey went well and she's looking forward to working with his administration.

"We've got a lot of work that needs to be done at the federal level," said Sinema. "We've got a lot of work that needs to be done to protect our long-term water source for Arizona's future. We've got work to do to ensure that Arizona can continue to have a robust and healthy trade relationship with Mexico and Canada, our two largest trading partners."

Sinema also took time to pass out turkeys at the HonorHealth Desert Mission, a food bank in the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix.

Sinema says her first job out of college was at an elementary school a few blocks from the food bank. At the time, she was a social worker and worked with the food bank to ensure families had food on a daily basis.

The food bank was expected to pass out more than 2,000 Thanksgiving turkeys in two days. Normally, they serve up to 300 people a day.