Democrats have their best opportunity in years to take control of the Arizona State Legislature in 2020.
The team at the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (ADLCC) is gearing up to help make that happen.
In 2018, Democrats made strong gains in the Arizona House, electing newcomers Jennifer Jermaine, Jennifer Pawlik, Domingo DeGrazia, and Aaron Lieberman replacing Republican incumbents in Legislative Districts (LD’S) 18, 17, 10, and 28.
With Republicans having a narrow 17 to 13 majority in the State Senate and an even smaller 31 to 29 margin in the House, Democrats, sensing a wave of blue momentum, have recruited a strong roster of candidates in districts that forecasters feel can shift the balance of power in the State Capitol.
Murphy Bannerman, the Communications Director of the ADLCC has said that the party will support all the Democratic candidates running in the 2020 cycle.
She also indicated that the following LD’s are the ones most observers feel has the best opportunity to shift from Red to Blue. These are:
- LD Six with Retired Colonel Felicia French as the State Senate Candidate and Mayor Coral Evans as the House one.
- LD 17 with Jennifer Pawlik running for reelection in the House and Ajlan “AJ” Kurdoglu competing for the State Senate Seat.
- LD 20 with Judy Schwiebert and Doug Ervin running for the House and Senate seats in that district.
- LD 21 with Kathy Knecht competing for one of the House seats and Brian Whitman running for the Senate.
- LD 28 with Aaron Lieberman and Kelli Butler are running for reelection and Christine Porter Marsh running again for a Senate Seat she came within a few hundred votes of capturing in 2018.
If there is a strong Blue Wave in 2020, Bannerman sees these LD races as additional legislative pickup opportunities.
- LD 11 with Gunnery Sergeant JoAnna Mendoza and Linda Patterson running for the Democratic Senate Nomination. Dr. Felipe Perez is running for one of the State House seats.
- LD 15 with 2018 Senate Candidate Dr. Kristin Dybvig-Pawelko competing for one of the House seats this year.
- LD 23 with Eric Kurland vying again for one of the State House seats and newcomer Seth Blattman running for the State Senate.
Speaking on the candidates, Bannerman commented:
“We worked tirelessly throughout 2019 and this year to recruit the most qualified candidates in every district. We have Democratic legislative candidates running in nearly every LD. These candidates are committed to their communities and will motivate the base in their districts.”
Bannerman said that most of the contending Democrats have campaign management teams and the ADLCC will provide consultations on financial assistance, phone banking, and resourcing.
She also said that, given the constraints of the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency, the ADLCC would emphasize digital and virtual campaigning for the foreseeable future to ensure social distancing and everyone’s safety.
Bannerman also encouraged Democratic-leaning supporters to donate directly to each candidate’s campaigns.
Republican fringe policies and positions on the vital social justice issues, the economy, and their attitude towards how to adjust to the Coronavirus presents an opportunity for Democrats to show the people of Arizona how they would govern differently and move the state forward.
Please click on the names of the candidates mentioned above and you will be taken to either their websites (first name) or (if available) Blog For Arizona profile (last name.)
Also, click on the ADLCC website here to monitor the latest news and developments.
Please remember to register/sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) in Arizona or any state that allows early or absentee balloting and mail in your vote by November 3, 2020.
It is only 202 days away.