Maricopa County has been trending increasingly blue since 2016.
Looking at county and legislative district results in the 2016 and 2018 elections, Maricopa County Democrats have made gains in the State House and Senate. They have taken the County Recorders and Sheriffs office. They have made inroads on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Community College Governing Board.
Many political pundits, like Chuck Todd of Meet the Press, view Maricopa County, especially with its changing demographics over the last decade, as one of several potential swing counties heading into the November 3, 2020 elections.
Maricopa County Democratic Party Chair Steven Slugocki graciously took the time to describe how his team is working to turn the county blue.
The questions and his responses are below.
- Please tell the reader three reasons Maricopa County is going to go blue this November.
- “Turnout is the biggest reason. The primary was historically high with better than expected turnout among the Democrats. We had an increase of 10% from 2018 and a 25% increase over 2016.”
- “We have a full slate of candidates for the first time ever that people are connecting with. We are very proud of them. It demonstrates the increasing demand for Democratic values across urban and suburban portions of Maricopa County.”
- “Strategic Planning with our time and money with increasing turnout all over this county. The turnout results from the primary show our strategy is working. Engaging communities of color like the Latinx, Indigenous and Black communities is what will help us win Maricopa and flip Arizona.”
- Please tell the reader three ways you and your team are going to turn the county blue.
- “Incredible turnout due to voter access. The voter anywhere model is something that should be followed. Recorder Fontes should be complimented for his and his team’s job during the primary. Again, despite a global pandemic, our Election Day system worked admirably. It’s clear that our strong vote-by-mail system is key to voter access.”
- “You have candidates that are inspiring people to vote down-ballot. Our candidates are working hard day in and day out. Despite the misinformation spread by the current administration, our local candidates are inspiring everyday people to get involved and find a local candidate or issue to volunteer for.”
- “Environment that is ripe for change. Teachers for example that are waiting to get properly paid. You have the Coronavirus. Doug Ducey has failed. People are excited about change. You see a perfect storm of great issues and great candidates that will bring out the voters. The issues we see on a national level are also affecting us on a local level. People are realizing that they can do so much more in their backyard.”
- In your opinion, what are the three top issues voters in Maricopa County will be considering when they vote this November?
- “Coronavirus and getting back to normal
- Return to the soul of America and bringing people together.”
“People will unite for change and a better America.”
“We have the right candidates with the right messaging and the right strategy and that will come together in November.”
- What are the five top races in Maricopa County (LD, County, or Congressional) that the voters should pay attention to on election night?
“The County Candidates will lead the rest of Arizona to victory. They are going to get out the vote in Maricopa County and they will help carry Biden, Kelly, the Corporation Commission, and the other county-based Congressional and Legislative District races across the finish line and turn Arizona Blue.”
- Is there anything else you would like to tell the reader that was not addressed in the first four questions.
“This is our time. Our time is now. We have a historic opportunity in front of us. We need all hands on deck. Please come help turn out the vote this November. Visit www.MaricopaVoterGuide.com for more information.”
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