Arizona Campaign Director – Patrick McWhortor
“Patrick is the Arizona Campaign Director for Open Primaries. A resident of Arizona for nearly 35 years, Patrick is well-known as a nonprofit leader, both locally and nationally. He launched and led the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits for ten years, growing it into a vibrant network of nonprofits and their supporters. During his tenure, he also served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Nonprofits, including two years as Chairman.
Patrick has also formed, served and led other nonprofit organizations, including NPower Arizona, Libraries for the Future, and Data Network for Human Services. He was a lobbyist in the early 1990’s for education and environmental groups. And he has served on numerous nonprofit boards in Arizona. Currently, he is a Board Member for Arizona Town Hall. Patrick is a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Fellow and member of Valley Leadership.
Patrick teaches nonprofit leadership, public policy and political science courses at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Maricopa Community Colleges. He graduated from ASU with both a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration. Patrick and his wife raised three boys in Cave Creek, where they live today.”
More info: http://www.openprimaries.org/states_arizona
UPDATE 8/15/15: Former AZ Attorney general Terry Goddard, former Mayor of Phoenix Paul Johnson, local activist Jim Morrison and Campaign Director of Open Primaries Patrick McWhortor will participate in a discussion of how open primaries in our state can change the political landscape, by allowing more independent voters, our largest voting block, to participate in elections.