Maricopa County
Democratic Party


MCDP's Countywide 5: Adrian Fontes, Diego Rodriguez, Michelle Robertson, Joe Downs, Paul Penzone


Paul Penzone for Maricopa County Sheriff

It’s time. After mounting the toughest challenge of his opponent’s 20-year reign, Paul Penzone returns to finish what he started. It’s time to elect the most capable, decorated law enforcement professional running for sheriff. It’s time to elect the man who has the leadership and experience necessary to renew, restore and refocus the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. It’s time to turn the page and focus on modern policing and community partnerships that make neighborhoods safer. It’s time for Sheriff Paul Penzone.

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.

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Adrian Fontes for Maricopa County Recorder (the chief elections officer for our county of 4 million people)

An Arizona native and former US Marine, Adrian 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 voter access.

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Diego Rodriguez for Maricopa County Attorney

Diego Rodriguez is running to restore integrity and confidence to the office of the county attorney. 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 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 NotreDame. Diego is admitted to practice before the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and Federal District Courts. He is a member of the Arizona State Bar, the Arizona Trial Lawyers, and Arizona Minority Bar Associations.

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Michelle Robertson for Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools

Michelle 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 has 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.

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Joe Downs for Maricopa County Treasurer

Joe Downs holds an MBA from Arizona State Universtity 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 a role charged with investing $3 billion in taxpayer funds. His opponent has shown poor judgment 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.

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