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Arizona Governor meets Hare Krishna devotees

by Prayag Narayan Misra
Chandler, Arizona

Posted February 2, 2005

[1. Governor Janet Napolitano with Radhapada das, Vice President, ISKCON Phoenix Temple.]

Devotees from ISKCON Phoenix met Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano during the Third InterFaith Breakfast on January 10, 2005 at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix.

It has become a tradition that the Governor hold a Prayer Meeting before opening of the budget session each year, to which she invites members from various religious groups. About 150 persons attended the meeting.

Dr Prayag Narayan Misra sprinkled Ganges water on the Governor's forehead and offered blessed garlands from Sri Sri Radha Madhava Hari, which she gracefully accepted.

Governor Napolitano took office in January 2003, and has previously served as US Attorney for the District of Arizona and as Arizona's Attorney General. Before that, as a lawyer with Lewis and Roca, she successfully argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that churches should be protected from governmental searches. She is a strong believer in the rights of women and children and is extremely popular among voters of both major parties and all ethnic groups. She is also a strong proponent of reform; Arizona and Maine are unique in the United States in having election campaigns fully funded by the public, a mechanism which strongly diminishes the corrupting influence of corporate donors and big-spending special interest PACs.

[2. Dr Prayag Narayan Misra, Byron Garrett from the Governor's office and Radhapada das.]

Devotees were also introduced to Byron Garrett, Governor Napolitano's newly-appointed policy advisor on faith and community initiatives. Mr. Garrett, currently studying for his Ph.D. at Pepperdine University, is a commissioner on the City of Phoenix's Youth and Education Commission and its Human Relations Commission as well. Before taking on his new duties with faith and community initiatives, he served for 18 months as the director of the community and youth development division of the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families, while also serving as special assistant for the School Readiness Board.

For more information, contact Bhaktivedanta Cultural Center, 100 S. Weber Drive, Chandler, AZ 85226-3216, telephone (480) 814 1372, direct, or (480) 705 4900, messages.