“Are You Ready to Turn Arizona Blue?” Maricopa County Democrats Are


Staying united, promoting common progressive values, building on party gains and achievements, and galvanizing activist and voter enthusiasm to turn Arizona blue in 2020 and beyond were common themes expressed by speakers at the Maricopa County Democratic Convention at Carl Hayden Community High School on December 14, 2019.

With a crowd of 700 people  that included activists as well as county, congressional, and local legislative candidates, Maricopa County Democratic Party Chairperson Steven Slugocki called on all attendees to:

“Finish the job started in 2016 and turn Maricopa County blue in 2020.”

The County Democratic Party Vice Chair Carol Maas, Party Executive Director Maritza Miranda Sanez, and the candidates running for county offices in 2020 echoed those sentiments.

Of the county candidates on the stage, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, Fifth District County Board Supervisor Steve Gallardo, and District One County Supervisor Candidate Jevin Hodge gave the most inspiring presentations of the afternoon calling for unity among the various party factions to fight in a movement to move Arizona and the nation forward.

Presidential Candidate Julian Castro excited the attendees as the Key Note Speaker

 The attendees at the convention were also treated to the oratorical skills and progressive vision of Keynote Speaker and Presidential Candidate Julian Castro.

The former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development moved the crowd to rise and applaud as he passionately outlined a vision for America that focused on opportunity, fairness, compassion, and investments in social justice programs like education and health care for the middle class and poor.

The Democratic Candidates for Maricopa County Offices introduced themselves.

While promoting unity, highlighting common progressive values, and setting the positive tone for 2020 was one of the major themes of the Winter Convention, introducing the Democratic candidates for Maricopa County offices to the audience was another.

Below are the names of the Democratic candidates running for office in Maricopa County.

Please click here to access the page on the Maricopa County Democratic Party site that will (after clicking on the person’s name) take the reader to the candidate’s website.

Many of these candidates have also completed profiles with the Blog for Arizona. Please click on their names to access. All profiles should be completed by the end of January 2020.

Maricopa County Assessor

Aaron Connor

Maricopa County Attorney

Julie Gunnigle

Tamika Wooten

Will Knight

Robert McWhirter

Ryan Tait

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Whitney Walker

Steve Gallardo

Jevin Hodge

Maricopa County Recorder

 Adrian Fontes

Maricopa County Schools Superintendent

Jeanne Casteen

Jennifer Samuels

Maricopa County Sheriff

 Paul Penzone

Maricopa County Treasurer

Dan Toporek

Maricopa County has been designated by NBC News as one of five battleground counties their journalists will be monitoring voter behaviors as the 2020 election unfolds.

The national Democratic Party considers Arizona one of the eight major battleground states that will decide the 2020 election.

Activists and the County leaders at the Maricopa County Winter Convention left yesterday eager to do their part to help make the county, Arizona, and the country blue.


Featured Photo from the Maricopa County Democratic Party.













    • Kenny, did you mean to make a rational, fact based argument for keeping the GOP in government?

      Because you all you actually did was whine.

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