Communications and Research Coordinator Murphy Bannerman and Executive Director Charlie Fisher of the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (ADLCC) are both optimistic that Democrats will take over one or both of the State Houses in this November’s elections, based on four reasons:
- There is a record number of 114 Democratic candidates (just over half of whom are women and 51 are people of color).
- There is a groundswell of progressive enthusiasm after the election of Donald Trump.
- The Red for Ed movements has galvanized educators and school employees to support Democratic candidates.
- District snapshots, conducted by the ADLCC, that shows targeted districts that are “likely to flip from red to blue.”
The ADLCC, an arm of the Arizona state Democratic Party that coördinates with the county and local district offices, was designed to help recruit, throughout the year, Democratic Candidates to run for every Legislative District (LD) State Representative and State Senate seat. They are also tasked with providing training on how to run and budget a political campaign. Their only focus is on state legislative seats.
(They are not involved with statewide offices like Governor, Attorney General, or US Senator. They do not aid in National Congressional races either. They also are not involved in promoting ballot initiatives, leaving that to the candidates to endorse if they want.)