The Arizona Democratic Party Launches a Statewide Effort to Make the Grand Canyon State Blue in 2020

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On February 18, 2020, the Arizona Democratic Party launched the Mission for Arizona, a statewide coordinated effort to make the Grand Canyon state blue by working to elect every federal, state, and local Democratic candidates. They are also committed to working to “deliver Arizona’s 11 electoral votes to the eventual presidential nominee.”

The effort to turn Arizona Blue and elect Democratic candidates “up and down the ballot” will be spearheaded by Emma Brown who, in the press release announcing Mission for Arizona commented:

“We’re thrilled to launch this statewide mission to build on our historic success in 2018 and elect leaders who will take on corporate interests, put people first, and fight to make Washington and the state legislature work for Arizonans This is a critical election, and we’re going to harness the unprecedented energy we’re already seeing on the ground in Arizona to pull off another year of big wins.”

 Brad Bainum of the Arizona Democratic Party responded to questions about the new initiative for the 2020 elections.

The questions and his responses are below.

1) Please tell the reader about Emma Brown and at least three qualifications she has to head Mission for Arizona.

“Emma Brown is leading Mission for Arizona as Coordinated Campaign Director. Brown is heading up the coordinated campaign after serving as Deputy Campaign Manager for Mark Kelly’s U.S. Senate campaign. She began her career as an organizer, and has previously managed competitive Congressional and state legislature campaigns where she worked with coordinated campaigns.”

2)  Please advise when offices will be open in Flagstaff, the White Mountains, Prescott, the Kingman/Lake Havasu area, Yuma, and Southeastern Arizona.

“Last weekend, Mission for Arizona opened its first two field offices — in Phoenix and in Tucson. There are plans to open additional offices in the next few months, including one in South Phoenix. Mission for Arizona will eventually have a presence in all 15 counties as we deploy organizers across the state and, via our distributed organizing program, set up volunteer-led neighborhood teams to organize within local communities.”

3) In terms of staffing, what are the eventual total numbers of paid staff and volunteers you are looking at recruiting when everyone is in place around the state?

“We don’t have an exact number set. But the plan is for Mission for Arizona to be Arizona Democrats’ most ambitious coordinated campaign and field organizing program ever.”

4)    Please describe, if possible, your eventual coordination with:

  •     The Mark Kelly campaign
  •     The Nine Democratic House Candidates and their campaigns.
  •     The Legislative District Chairs and their candidates.
  •     School Board, City Council, and other local and county office candidates.
  •     The 2020 Democratic Presidential Nominee

“As Mission for Arizona works to elect Mark Kelly and Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020, we will be working closely with the Kelly campaign, the congressional delegation, the ADLCC, and Arizona Democrats across the state. The coordinated campaign will also be working to lay the groundwork to deliver our state’s 11 electoral votes to the eventual Democratic presidential nominee.”

5)    Please describe at least two strategies for:

a)    Social media outreach

b)    Community Outreach

c)    Increasing Voter Turnout

d)    Rapid Response to anything the Republican Opposition claims.

“The Mission for Arizona will serve as Democrats’ central hub for resources, organizing, and political infrastructure in 2020. We have social accounts on Twitter and Facebook, where updates will be posted, and where folks interested in getting involved will be able to use and our MobilizeAmerica page as a platform for locating volunteer opportunities across Arizona. Those volunteer opportunities will range from door knocking and voter registration to phone banking.” 

“The coordinated campaign is already working now to register more Democratic voters as permanent early voters to increase Democratic turnout in November.”

If Democrats want to win in 2020, then it is timely that the individuals in the party infrastructure start now to lay the groundwork to spread the party message and energize voter turnout.

2020 presents an opportunity to build on the election momentum from the results of 2016 and 2018 and close the deal to transform the Grand Canyon State from Red to Blue.

There is not a moment to lose if voters want to move the state forward in a different progressive direction.

For more information on Mission for Arizona, please click on their webpage here and their Facebook Page here.




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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


  1. If we want a BLUE STATE, all of us have to work toward that goal and that includes Arizona State Legislators as well. Living in LD3 in Tucson, it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to find out what LD3 is actually doing or what they have done, outside of checking on voting records. This is not acceptable. That is why I use another Legislative district representative (Hannley) to find out what is going on along with explanations I can understand. Despite the huge geographic size of LD3, it is almost dead silent in terms of real communication, and that is how voters lose interest.

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