Maricopa County
Democratic Party


2016 -- Making History in Maricopa County

History was made in Maricopa County on November 8, 2016 with the election of 6 Democrats to countywide offices:

  • Paul Penzone won the race for Sheriff
  • Adrian Fontes is our next County Recorder
  • Alexandra Muller Arboleda, Ben Graff, and Jim Holway won countywide seats on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD) Board
  • Dr. Linda Thor was elected to the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Board to the countywide at-large seat

We ran 9 candidates for countywide office, and 6 of those 9 candidates won!

We've never had 6 Democrats win countywide office in living memory. We've ended one-party rule here -- and we congratulate all our elected candidates and thank all our candidates for running.

MCDP's volunteers called over 1 million voters and knocked on over half a million doors to make this victory for our Democratic candidates in Maricopa County possible. Thank you!

Now that the 2016 election is over, we want to keep up the momentum and continue to WIN!  Together, let's continue to make history and make life better for the people of Maricopa County and Arizona!
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2016 Diamond Event: Celebrating What Matters


2016 Diamond Event -- Celebrating What Matters


Why you need to be there:


The 17 women and men who have been nominated for the 2016 Jacqueline Adams Legacy of Service Awards are:
Joan Jaynes – LD 23
Carole Pearsall – LD 22
Beverly Fox-Miller – LD 16
Hon. Sandra Kennedy – LD 27
Lois Pfau – LD 28
Mary Darris-MacLin – LD 13
Joanne Markis – LD 18 
Toby Stahl – LD 28
Donna Stebbins – LD 30
Alison Porter – LD 18
Hon. Harry Mitchell – LD 26
Roman Ulman – LD 16
Lawrence Robinson – LD 27
John Gomez – LD 29
Kyle Blackhorse – LD 18
Hal Stahl – LD 28
Marvin McCollum – LD 21

Please be with us for the inaugural presentation of the Jacqueline Adams Legacy of Service Awards – honoring the work of great Democrats in Maricopa County.

You won't want to miss this year's political social event of the season.  RSVP now by clicking here.
 There's special pricing for Precinct Committee members, as well as members of MCDP's Circle of Friends, for both the main event from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and for the VIP package (which includes the VIP reception from 5:00 to 6:00 pmAND the main event from 6:00 to 9:00 pm), by clicking here.
Enjoy food and drinks while chatting face to face with some of the brightest political stars of the county and state. 
Mix and mingle with officeholders and candidates, surrounded by hundreds of your fellow Democrats in this beautiful art gallery and on the adjacent patio under the stars. 

RSVP and get your tickets now at:

2016 Signature Events for Our Candidates


PRESS RELEASE: Maricopa County Democratic Party Urges Community Support for School District Override and Bond Elections


October 19, 2015


The Maricopa County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee Urges Community Support for School District Override and Bond Elections

Phoenix – Arizona’s public schools are in crisis.  After years of budget cuts, Governor Ducey and the Republican-led Legislature continue to show an unwillingness to respect the will of the voters and the courts by settling the inflation lawsuit and immediately restoring funding to our public schools.  Arizona is now at the bottom nationally for per pupil spending.  Class sizes are too high and teacher salaries too low.  Our public school children and teachers struggle with outdated textbooks and technology, aging buildings and equipment, and even unreliable transportation and safety systems.

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Republican Education Plan: Less Money, More Guns

Recalled Senator Russell Pearce used his official Maricopa County email account to warn lawmakers Tuesday that they don’t have enough money to satisfy the “educrats” and asked them to deny schools any additional funding, according to The Capitol Times.

Screen_Shot_2015-10-15_at_1.41.37_PM.jpgThe Republican Party of Maricopa County also jumped into the education debate by opposing all school district override and bond ballot initiatives in November claiming "school district's are being disingenuous about their needs and have been less than responsible with their spending."

School policy initiatives that the Maricopa GOP are in favor of? More guns on campus. The Republican Party of Maricopa County claims tragedies like the one that took place at Umpqua Community College will be avoidable in our state if more individuals have the "opportunity to carry firearms while on any publicly funded school campus in Arizona" in a Facebook post entitled "Second Amendment Key To Student Safety On Arizona Campuses."

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Competing AZ Education Funding Plans Draw Sharp Contrast

"Unless we change course and invest more in education, we will continue to lag the rest of the country in jobs," said Arizona House Democratic Leader Rep. Dr. Eric Meyer, in the The Arizona Republic. "People are moving to states where potentially the schools are better."


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Arpaio: "Who Are You to Tell Me What to Do?"

33Tt2Cs.jpgThis was the response Arpaio aide Lt. Kim Seagraves allegedly received when questions were brought to Sheriff Joe about the integrity of an informant Arpaio had hired, and allegedly personally paid $10,000, to investigate the presiding judge, G. Murray Snow, and his wife, according to Thursday's testimony reported by The Arizona Republic.

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Ducey's Classrooms First Initiative Council Recommendations Vague, Troubling

The council offered recommendations Tuesday for overhauling the state's school funding formula, as reported by The Arizona Republic. The recommendations lacked detail but among the more troubling recommendations were equally funding district and charter schools and a proposal to have vacant or underused public schools made available for charter schools.

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AZ AG Asks for $10 Million for Child-Welfare Attorneys

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the Protective Service Section of the Child and Family Protective Division is experiencing more than 20% turnover and attorneys are taking on more than double the recommended workload, in an article in The Arizona Republic.

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AZ Shorting Schools $381 Million a Year for Special Education

The shortfall requires school districts and charter schools to pick up the slack, taking resources from students who do not require special assistance, as reported by The Arizona Republic.

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