Maricopa County Democratic Party Chair Steven Slugocki
The 2018 Midterm elections were good for the Democrats in Arizona, especially if you were a woman in a state or citywide race whose first or last name began with a “K.” With the final results now determined, Kyrsten Sinema (United States Senate), Katie Hobbs (Secretary of State), Kathy Hoffman (Superintendent of Public Instruction), and Sandra Kennedy (Corporation Commission) emerged victorious in their statewide races. With a first-place showing in the initial round of the Phoenix Mayoral Race, Kate Gallego seems well positioned to win the runoff election in March over Daniel Valenzuela. Democrats also gained four seats in the Arizona State House making that chamber the closest between the two parties since 1966. Many Democrats also performed well in races for local school boards, judgeships, justice of the peace, and local constables.
Maricopa County Democratic Party Chair Steve Slugocki, in the middle of preparing for the annual reorganization elections for the county party, offered his perspective on the 2018 election results and where the party will go from here. The questions and responses are below:
Arizona has a history of electing women to public office. In 1932, Arizona elected Isabella Greenway to the US House of Representatives. In 1972, State Senator Sandra Day O’Connor was the first female president of the Arizona Senate. In 1998, Arizona voters elected five women to run the state government— Jane Hull (Governor), Betsy Bayless (Secretary of State), Janet Napolitano (Attorney General), Carol Springer (Treasurer), and Lisa Graham-Keegan (Superintendent of Public Instruction). To this date, Arizona’s Fab Five remain the most number of women elected to state government at the same time. In 2017, the Arizona Legislature had the highest percentage of women (40 percent) of any state Legislature in the Country.
Well, it seems that Arizona Democrats and progressives have a lot to be happy and thankful for this Thanksgiving 2018:
First Democratic woman U.S. Senator Krysten Sinema
three other Democrats won statewide offices: Sec. of State Katie Hobbs, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, and back on the Corporation Commission — Sandra Kennedy.
Here in Pima County, Democrats took back a House seat in LD 10 with attorney Domingo DeGrazia beating incumbent Republican Todd Clodfelter. And in CD 2, former CD 1 Congresswoman Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick defeated Republican challenger Lea Marquez Peterson to take back that seat as well. 5 of 9 Arizona Congressmembers are now Democrats.
But on a personal note, today being Thanksgiving Day, celebrate with your friends and family and think about what else you have to be grateful for. I usually say I appreciate good health and having a supportive husband– but this year, most of all the birth of our lovely granddaughter Sophie.
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Yesterday was a good beginning toward building a progressive governing majority in Arizona. Democrats appear to have prevailed in some state house races :
Jennifer Jermaine in LD 18
Jennifer Pawlik in LD 17
Aaron Lieberman in LD 28.
Democrats also prevailed in local contests (notably school board) laying the groundwork and foundation for future progressive advances.
Democrats should also take comfort in recruiting many capable and compelling local and congressional candidates who gave Republicans a run for their money and performed well against the odds. Hopefully, many of these candidates will decide to run again.
It may take until March but Kate Gallego appears to be the odds-on favorite to be the next Mayor of Phoenix.
Jennifer Longdon, a role model for people who can overcome great adversity, coasted to victory as a State Representative in LD 24.
Anne Kirkpatrick came back into the political arena to win in Congressional District Two.
Former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, possibly on a career track to run for Governor in 2022, easily won Congressional District Nine.
Kathy Hoffman, who went from political novice to perhaps becoming the next Superintendent of Public Instruction, may be a rising star.
The races for Katie Hobbs and Kyrsten Sinema, as of Nov. 7, are still too close to call with up to 500,000 votes in Maricopa County still to be counted.
Youth turnout rose dramatically. Yes, yesterday was a good beginning.
Furthermore, please consider the following when deciding whether or not to vote this election:
If you think we can do better than one in four children in Arizona living in poverty, then vote in November.
If you think we can do better than being near the bottom in the nation in education funding, then vote in November.
If you agree with gubernatorial candidate David Garcia that “no one should be left behind,” then vote in November.
If you agree with Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Kathy Hoffman that the “future of Arizona is in our schools,” then vote in November.
If you agree with Attorney General candidate January Contreras that public service should be about the “little guy and democracy” and the people, especially the most vulnerable (like those with pre-existing health conditions), need to be protected, then vote in November.
If you agree with Treasurer candidate Mark Manoil that local and state Arizona economic development would be better served with local community banks than Wall Street banks, then vote in November.
If you want Arizona to be the solar capital of the country and greater utility investments steered towards solar, water, and wind like Corporation Commission candidate Kiana Sears, then vote in November.
If you want the stench of Dark Money removed from the public arena as most of the Democratic local and state candidates want, then vote in November.
If you want public servants like this year’s Democratic candidates that listen to their constituents and show up to public forums and debates, then vote in November.
If you want all civil rights protected, including the right for women to choose and the newly recognized rights for members of the LGBTQ community, then vote this November.
All elections are important. The 2018 elections may be more so because if the forces of reaction, intolerance, and backwardness are allowed to prevail, it may be a long time before we recover.
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