​​​Ann Kirkpatrick (D): Running for U.S. Senator 


     Ann carried her experiences with her to Congress – fighting to ensure that all Arizonans have an opportunity to pursue their dreams, work hard and raise their families in safe, thriving communities.  She continues to work on priorities such as equal pay, access to quality education, and higher wages for Arizona’s middle-class families.  Today, Ann seeks to bring her fight for Arizona families to the U.S. Senate — where she would be the first female U.S. senator in Arizona history.
     “Real power is right here in Arizona – it’s out in our communities. That’s where I spend my time, listening to seniors, ranchers, veterans and working families.” — Ann


Lisa Otondo (D):  Running for AZ Senator District 4 
​       https://www.facebook.com/otondofor4  

​​     I'm a second generation Arizonan. I was born and raised in Yuma. I come from a close-knit farming family with a devotion to education and a history of community service.  

     I want to represent you - the real people of District 4. I am a former public school teacher, a businesswoman, and a native Arizonan, with the time, education, dedication, experience and competence to do the job right. Although District 4 is geographically large, I am accessible to my constituents. Being your state representative is MY FULL TIME JOB and I am active year round to support your interests, not just during the legislative session.   


Charlene Fernandez (D):  Running for AZ Representative District 4 
​       http://www.charleneforarizona.com/ 

     Charlene was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona.  She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in elementary education.  Charlene and her husband, Sergio live in Yuma and together raised three children Brian, Carlye, and Lisa.

     Charlene is one of the legislature's strongest advocates for public education, frequently pushing for more school funding from her position on the appropriations committee. Charlene is also the ranking Democrat on the transportation and infrastructure committee.   Prior to being elected to the legislature, Charlene worked in a variety of policy and constituent service roles for Congressman Ed Pastor, Governor Janet Napolitano and Congressman Raúl Grijalva. Charlene also served for more than 12 years on the Yuma Union High School Board. 


Jesus Rubalcava (D): Running for AZ Representative District 4
"As a native Arizonan and first generation college graduate, my family and community depend on me to advocate for the things that matter to us most. I want to work for you. We need to improve our schools by restoring education funding, create more living wage jobs, protect Arizona's water rights, and provide easier access to healthcare and options. With nearly a decade of experience in education and city governance, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental agencies, and get things done."


Tom Chabin (D): Running for Arizona Corporation Commisssion


Tom Chabin currently lives in Tucson and has been an Arizona resident for over 44 years.  He has dedicated his life to making Arizona a better place to start a business, raise a family, and enjoy an affordable quality of life.

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors appointed him to the AZ legislature after Representative Ann Kirkpatrick resigned to run for Arizona's 1st Congressional District.  He was in the AZ legislature from 2007 --- 2012.


Bill Mundell (D):  Running for Arizona Corporation Comission


William A. Mundell came to Arizona from Illinois in 1968 with his parents.  He graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in political science in 1974.  He earned a law degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas in 1977.

Mr. Mundell has been in private practice as an attorney since 1977.  He also served as Presiding Judge of the Chandler Municipal Court from 1980 -- 1986, when he resigned as judge to run for the Arizona House of Representatives.

Jim Holway (D): Running for Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board

​      www.HolwayForArizona.com     

Jim Holway has worked on water resources, energy and urban planning issues for over 30 years.  In 2010 he was elected to the CAWCD Board and is now running for re-election. Jim has served as Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, a Professor of Practice at ASU and Director of the Western Lands and Communities Program for the Sonoran Institute.  Jim holds a Ph.D. in Water and Land Use Planning from the University of North Carolina and a bachelors degree from Cornell University.


Alexandra Arboleda (D): Running for Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board
​         www.alexandra4az.com 

Alexandra Arboleda has dedicated her career to solving Arizona’s water and natural resource challenges.  The depth and breadth of her experience give her a unique understanding of the issues related to management of Arizona’s Colorado River supplies.  Her clients have included Young’s Farm, the city of Flagstaff, Sonoran Institute, Salt River Project, the State of Arizona, Nucor Steel, American Rivers, the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund and the Colorado River Indian Tribes.  Alexandra received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D.  from University of Arizona.


​Ben Graff (D):  Running for Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board

​        www.electBenGraff.com

Ben Graff is an Arizona native with deep roots in Arizona politics and strategic decisions related to land use and water policy, he is highly qualified for this important elected position.  Ben’s practice is sustained through his contacts with planning staff, appointed officials, and elected officials in towns, cities, and counties throughout Arizona.  During law school, Ben was appointed by Governor Napolitano as a Student Regent for the Arizona Board of Regents.  Today, he serves as a precinct and state committee-person and is involved with Valley Partnership, Arizona Forward and is a graduate of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy and Valley Leadership.


Paul Pezone (D):  Running for Maricopa County Sheriff

​        www.Penzone2016.com      

Paul Penzone spent 21 years as a Phoenix police officer, earning national and international recognition for his leadership in crime prevention, capture of dangerous criminals, and dismantling of drug trafficking organizations.  Since his retirement, Paul has served as a top law-enforcement and security expert, and has dedicated his time to various community organizations.


Adrian Fontes (D):  Running for Maricopa County Recorder


An Arizona native and former US Marine, Fontes is an attorney who has defended the Constitution both in the armed forces and the Courtroom.  Married for nearly 23 years, he and his wife, Mona, are raising their family in Phoenix.  Fontes aims to find the right solutions to protect democracy for all Maricopa County voters. He proposes a return to the Voting Rights Act, Section 5 requirements as a floor for voters access.


Michelle Robertson (D):  Running for Maricopa County Superintendent for Schools

​      https://www.facebook.com/Michelle-Robertson-for-Maricopa-County-Superintendent-of-Schools-892144494205985/  

Robertson has taught in the early childhood and elementary school setting for over 15 years.  She holds a Master's Degree in elementary education.  While teaching in the Cartwright School District, she served as the President and Negotiation Chair of the district's Education Association.  Her primary areas of focus are school funding, teacher retention and  recruitment, and a student-centered agenda that ensures our most at risk students are not left behind.  As Superintendent of Schools, Michelle will be a strong advocate for these issues and points out that her opponent has done very little in this role.


Joe Downs (D): Running for Maricopa County Treasurer

​        www.joedownsfortreasurer.com

Joe holds an MBA from ASU and is a Licensed Financial Advisor currently working as an Investment Analyst.  He has private sector work experience in credit, lending, investing and banking.  He brings significant expertise to the role charged with investing $3 billion in taxpayer funds.  His opponent has shown poor judgement in lobbying to have Russell Pearce hired into the department as a political favor, and also advocates for getting rid of property taxes, which would decimate our already meager funding for education.  Joe will bring expertise and experience to the position.


Diego Rodriguez (D):  Running for Maricopa County Attorney

​        www.facebook.com/Rodriguez4CountyAttorney

Diego has been the owner of his own law firm in Phoenix since 2008, focusing on criminal and capital defense, appeals and civil rights. He has prior experience as a Deputy County Attorney in Tucson and was responsible for 60 felony jury trials in the Criminal Division.  He received his law degree from the University of Arizona in 1995 and also has a Business Administration in Finance degree from the Notre Dame.  Diego is admitted to practice before the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the Federal District Courts.  He is a member of the AZ State Bar, the AZ Trial Lawyers, and AZ Minority Bar Associations.


Steve Gallardo (D):  Running for Maricopa County Supervisor


     Senator Gallardo has spent his life working to make government work for the people. He spent 14 years working as a campaign finance administrator in Maricopa County Elections Department. He developed candidate training programs, spearheaded voter registration drives and organized “Get out the Vote” campaigns.
     He has been involved in numerous boards and commissions, including the Arizona Civil Right Advisory Board and Maryvale Village Planning Committee. Steve is very involved with the local and national Hispanic community and served as a member of such organizations as NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials), LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement) and an MALDEF alumnus (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund).


Linda Thor (D):  Running for Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board


     Dr. Linda Thor worked in community colleges for 41 years. For 29 of those years, she was a college president or chancellor.  She knows that the Maricopa colleges change people’s lives and are integral to the economic well being of Maricopa County. She is committed to quality, affordable, accessible education that meets the needs of the community and the workplace. Her first question will always be, “how does this action benefit students.” 

​Linda is committed to:

  • Affordable, quality education
  • Training for jobs and careers
  • Smart budgeting and cost savings
  • Student success

 Experience and proven Leader:

  • College President and Chancellor for 29 years
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism
  • Master’s degree in public administration
  • Doctoral degree in education
  • Significant service on community and civic boards
  • Gubernatorial appointments
  • Numerous honors and awards


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