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 http://missionforarizona.com/ 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.