Arizona

Since the early 1990's, conservatives have been on the rise — they took control of the majorities of Governorships, state legislatures, the U.S. Congress and elected a president. Yet, also in the 1990's, another strange thing occurred: Despite being the only state to vote Republican in every presidential election from 1952—1992, Arizona became competitive.

Arizona Legislature
Senate
Democrats
Republicans
2006
12
18
2008
13
17
Today
9
21
House
Democrats
Republicans
2006
21
39
2008
27
33
Today
20
40

Arizona is the second—fastest growing state in the nation (Nevada is first) — its population grew 52% from 1990 to 2003. It is now home to descendents of the oldest Americans and some of the newest immigrants. It is this population growth that makes Arizona competitive and it's in the state where the opportunities lie. Despite losing national elections, progressives have real opportunities to win locally and draw the new residents to voting for progressive Democrats.

A voluntary clean money system has been in effect in Arizona since 2000. That gives Progressive Majority the opportunity to recruit candidates early to run in every competitive race and train them under the system. Then they are free to campaign, without the focus on money, while we move on to recruit for the next election — literally paving the way to progressive power.

Arizona is a great state to test whether or not, when we have a strong candidate recruitment program in place, progressives can fare better politically under good campaign finance reform. Progressive Majority has already seen an increase in the number of progressives willing to run — and an increase in the numbers of women and people of color taking on the challenge.

 

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Important Dates
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Katie Hobbs

Arizona
State House - District 15
2012
Open Seat
Maricopa County
http://www.katiehobbs.org/
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Katie Hobbs is a proven leader and represents State House District 15. Katie served as a Commissioner on the Phoenix Women's Commission, and is the chair of the Maricopa County Merit System Commission. Over the years, Katie has worked tirelessly to stem domestic violence and homelessness. She now wants to bring her passion and dedication to the Arizona State Legislature. Katie understands the importance of strong leadership, supporting strong schools, and fostering safe neighborhoods. Katie won her vital suburban Phoenix district in 2012.

 

Pat Fleming

Arizona
State Senate, District 14
2012
Challenger
http://www.patflemingaz.com/
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Pat Fleming is running for State Senate in District 14. She served in the Arizona Legislature from 2009 to 2011 as a member of the House of Representatives from Legislative District 25. In 1981, she followed her parents’ footsteps and began working as an Army Department civilian at Fort Huachuca. She proved her ability to manage complex government resources during her career with the Army as a budget analyst and a manpower allocations analyst, retiring in August 2005, with more than 24 years of service.

Henry Wade Jr.

Arizona
Pinal County Supervisor, District 4
2012
Open Seat
http://www.wade4pinal.com/
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Henry Wade Jr. is running for Pinal County Supervisor in District 4. Henry is Vice-Chair of the City of Maricopa Planning and Zoning Commission serving his 4th year on the commission. He is the Founder and Past-President of the Arizona Association of Real Estate Brokers (AAREB) and was recently named as the Single Family Residential Property Manager for Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC). After supporting candidates from behind the scenes for years, Henry felt that this was an opportunity to run and lead from office.

Karyn Lathan

Arizona
State Representative
2012
Challenger
http://www.karynforazhouse.com
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Karyn Lathan is an openly GLBT candidate running for State Representative in District 17. She has spent over 25 years in law enforcement and corrections as a Police Officer, Correctional Officer, Probation and Parole Officer and ended her career in law enforcement as the Restorative Justice Coordinator for Arizona Department of Corrections. She is an Air Force veteran where she served in South Korea as well as stateside. She has spent the last 5 years working and volunteering with victim services organizations. She is the Chairman of the Chandler Domestic Violence Commission, Board member for the Arizona Sexual Assault Network, Program Coordinator for the Phoenix Anti-Violence Program and member of the Arizona Coalition of Victim Services.

Mark Stonebraker

Arizona
State Representative, District 14
2012
Challenger
http://www.stonebrakerforarizona.com
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Mark Stonebraker is running for State Representative in District 14. Mark has extensive experience working in computer information systems having worked at the National Bureau of Standards, IBM, Northrop Gumman and others. He also manages a real estate rental business in Cochise County. His parents instilled a strong belief in civil rights and community service and Mark stays true to this through his work in the community. He served 2 years as the volunteer director of Nueva Luz day program for mental healthcare consumers and the homeless and volunteered for many years with the Ecumenical Institute where he organized and raised funds for town meetings throughout California, Oregon and Washington.

Jackie Thrasher

Arizona
State Representative, District 20
2012
Challenger
http://www.jackiethrasher.com
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Jackie Thrasher is running for State Representative in District 20. Jackie is a former State Representative and retired Music Educator from the Washington Elementary School District. As a state legislator, Jackie supported better pay for teachers and co-sponsored the Teen Driver Safety Act, which decreased accident rates among teenage drivers. She also fought for tougher penalties for repeat DUI offenders and protected workers by creating a safer environment at the State Hospital. She’s running for office because she knows how the cuts to education in Arizona are harming children and schools.

Victoria Steele

Arizona
State Representative, District 9
2012
Open Seat
http://www.steeleforhouse.com
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Victoria Steele is a counselor, educator, successful business owner, and former television and radio broadcaster. As a licensed counselor, Victoria helps individuals deal with relationship problems and emotional issues. Of Native American and German descent, Victoria developed Native Ways, a treatment program for Native American women struggling with substance abuse issues. In addition to her counseling practice, Victoria is a faculty member at Prescott College and the University of Phoenix. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Counseling, Psychology, Environmental Psychology, and Cultural Diversity.

Charlene Fernandez

Arizona
State Representative, District 4
2012
Open Seat
http://www.charleneforhouse.com
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Charlene Fernandez is running for State Representative, District 4. Charlene worked as a Congressional Assistant for two Members of the United States Congress where she has witnessed the inner-workings of many federal agencies and community organizations. In addition, Charlene was as a member of Former Governor Janet Napolitano’s Executive Team in the role of Community Liaison to Yuma and La Paz Counties for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Agency. Charlene served on the Yuma Union High School District Governing Board for eight years.

Matthew Cerra

Arizona
State Representative, District 16
2012
Open Seat
http://www.votecerra.com
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Matthew Cerra is running for State Representative, District 16. Matthew is a life long Arizonan, born in Casa Grande. Matthew earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Michigan State University and has dual Master’s degrees in Education and Training from University of Phoenix. He works for a software company providing technology solutions to small businesses.

Stefanie Mach

Arizona
State Representative, District 10
2012
Open Seat
http://www.stefaniemach.com
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At age seventeen, Stefanie Mach was faced with a traumatic car accident that left her with many injuries. After the events of September 11th, she dedicated a year of service to our country with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). In that year, Stefanie responded to a flood disaster with the American Red Cross, taught elementary school children, built part of the Appalachian Trail, maintained a wildlife reserve, and helped construct five houses with Habitat for Humanity. She now runs a small business helping build and sustain non-profit organizations.

Jonathan Rothschild

Arizona
Mayor
2011
Open Seat
Tuscon
http://www.jonathanformayor.com
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Jonathan Rothschild’s experience in both the private sector, as a managing partner in a law firm, and in the public sector, with his extensive service with non-profits, gives him the skills needed to be an effective Mayor of Tucson.  He is a member of the Tucson Parks & Recreation Commission and has served as Board President of Casa de los Ninos and on the Board of the Tucson Medical Center. Jonathan is the strongest candidate in this race.

Todd Schwarz

Arizona
Governing Board of the Balsz Elementary - District 31
2010
Open Seat
Maricopa County
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Todd Schwarz is an SEIU member and candidate for the Governing Board of the Balsz Elementary District 31. Located in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Balsz School District is one of the most important school districts in Arizona. For the past two years, Todd has been a leader in the Arizona Budget Coalition, a group of labor, education, and environmental leaders committed to rejecting the GOPs slash and burn budget policies and, instead, offering concrete fixes to the budget crisis. This is Todd's first run for elective office.

David Longoria

Arizona
Pima College Governing Board - District 2
2010
Incumbent
Pima County
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David Longoria was appointed to the Pima Community College Governing Board District 2 last February and he is now running for election to that seat. David is an SEIU member and has been a coordinator of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program in the Pima County Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation Department. He presently serves as the Vice Chair for the Pima County Regional Transportation Authority's Citizens Accountability for Regional Transportation Committee.