2022 Democratic Candidates

State Senate - LD4
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State Senate District 4 Candidate
Christine Marsh, Incumbent

Senator Christine Marsh was elected in 2020 and currently serves on the Education Committee and Transportation & Technology Committee. She is the 2016 AZ Teacher of the Year. In that role, she had the opportunity to travel across the state to see first-hand the issues that public schools were – and are -- facing on a daily basis.  She carries those lessons now as she runs for re-election to the State Senate from Legislative District 4.
  
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State House - LD4
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State House District 4 Candidate
Laura Terech

Laura Terech is a teacher, community organizer, and candidate for the Arizona State House. After a career as an elementary school teacher in the Pendergast Elementary School District, Laura turned to community organizing, knowing we must make structural changes to how and when Arizona invests in its public schools. She's spent the last several years as a leader in her community and local advocacy groups focused on public education and voting rights.
  
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U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate Candidate
Mark Kelly, Incumbent

Captain Mark Kelly is a retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, engineer, and NASA astronaut. He lives in Tucson with his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
  
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U.S. House of Representatives CD-1
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U.S. Congressional Candidate, CD-1
Jevin Hodge

Jevin is a problem solver - he helps businesses, non-profits, and governments solve their most pressing issues, like combating the COVID-19 pandemic or expanding access to high-quality public education. Born in Tempe to a single mother, Jevin Hodge saw first-hand how our government can help those who need it the most. Since then, he found meaning in public service and giving back.
  
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Arizona Governor
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Gubernatorial Candidate
Katie Hobbs

Born and raised in Arizona, Katie learned the value of service early from her parents and church. From her experience as a social worker to an advocate for women in crisis, from her work on behalf of families in the State Senate to managing the most secure election in Arizona history, Katie has worked hard to listen, learn and deliver for those who need it most.
  
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Arizona Attorney General
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Attorney General Candidate
Kris Mayes

During her time as an Arizona Corporation Commissioner, Kris's leadership helped create tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, saved Arizona consumers tens of billions of dollars, and fought climate change by requiring utilities to produce more clean energy -- including solar, wind and energy efficiency.
 
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Arizona Secretary of State
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Secretary of State Candidate
Adrian Fontes

In 2016, Adrian became the first Democrat elected to the Recorder’s office in 50 years and the first-ever Latino to hold an office in Arizona’s largest county. Once elected, Adrian revolutionized Arizona’s elections by registering half a million new voters, providing direct outreach to traditionally underserved communities, and making voting free, fair, and accessible to all.
  
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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
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Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidate
Kathy Hoffman, Incumbent

Even amid unprecedented challenges, Arizona's educators, students, and school leaders have shown us what they can do when they are equipped with the tools and support to succeed. Now, more than ever, we need elected leaders who will advocate for the long-term & sustained investments our public education system needs to thrive. That's why I'm running for a second term as Superintendent of Public Instruction - because Arizona's future starts in our schools.
  
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Arizona Treasurer
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State Treasurer Candidate
Martín Quezada

In 2014, Martín was elected to the AZ State Senate and was re-elected in 2016, 2018, and 2020. Martín is now running for Arizona State Treasurer to continue fighting for the people and our Arizona values. When elected he will continue fighting for the people and ensure that the management of Arizona’s taxpayer dollars reflect the values of the people we serve, rather than a few narrow special interests.
  
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Arizona Corporation Commission
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Arizona Corporation Commission Candidate
Sandra Kennedy, Incumbent

Sandra Kennedy is a lifelong public servant and champion for the people. As a current Arizona Corporation Commissioner, Sandra believes there’s still more work to do to protect the public, fight corruption, increase transparency and protect Arizona’s most vulnerable residents. She walks her talk every day, and is beholden to the people — not utility monopolies or special interests.
  
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Arizona Corporation Commission Candidate
Lauren Kuby

Lauren is a Tempe councilmember with a track record of standing up to special interests and putting people first. She holds positions at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation and Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family. She served on the board of the nonpartisan Arizona Municipal Water Users Association.Now, she’s running to be your advocate on the Arizona Corporation Commission.
  
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Maricopa County Attorney
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Maricopa County Attorney Candidate
Julie Gunnigle

As a former Professor of Law in Phoenix, a solo practitioner, and former prosecutor – Julie understands how complex our criminal justice system is and how important it is to have someone with a diverse set of experiences to tackle the problems within the County Attorney’s office and in Maricopa County. In 2020, she ran for this seat losing by just 1.5 percent out of nearly 1.9 million votes cast. Since 2020, she has continued to show up for the people of Maricopa County working tirelessly to bring justice to the most vulnerable in our community – child victims of sexual abuse, elderly people mistreated in assisted living, wrongly evicted families and women escaping domestic violence to name a few. Julie Gunnigle is running for Maricopa County Attorney to protect the rights of everyone in our community and finally stop the decades-long tradition of corruption, backlogs and ineffectiveness in the office. She knows Maricopa County taxpayers deserve transparency, fiscal responsibility and real justice, not just another apologist for the status quo.
  
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Maricopa County Community College District Board
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Maricopa County Community College District Board Candidate
Kelli Butler

Kelli's interest in public education inspired her to run for the Arizona State House of Representatives. She was elected as a State Representative in 2016 and has served in the legislature for six years. Most recently, she was appointed Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee. Advocating for funding for quality K-12 public schools and for access to post-secondary public education have been among her highest priorities as a state legislator. Kelli knows the Maricopa County Community College system plays a crucial role in the future success of its students, and in the future of our state’s economy as well. Arizona’s prosperity is dependent on its ability to train its workforce for the jobs of the future. Kelli is dedicated to strengthening the Maricopa Community College system and helping students more readily access their quality, affordable educational opportunities and training programs. Our future — and theirs — depends on it.
  
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Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD)
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Central Arizona Water Conservation District Candidate
Alexandra Arboleda

As an attorney with TSL Law Group PLC, Alexandra enjoys seeking creative solutions that benefit all parties in resolving difficult and complex challenges. The depth and breadth of her experience as a water attorney gives her a unique and diverse understanding of the issues related to management of Arizona’s Colorado River supplies. She has experience working on the general stream adjudications and Indian water rights settlements, as well as surface water rights, groundwater management and the Law of the Colorado River. During my career, she has represented municipalities, farms, ranches, utilities, water providers, golf courses, real estate developers, tribes, and non-profit organizations.
 
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Central Arizona Water Conservation District Candidate
Ylenia Augilar

Ylenia Aguilar, a water advocate, is running to serve on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD). Since gaining citizenship in 2014, she has volunteered her time to serving her community. She currently serves as Governing Board Member in Osborn School District No. 8. The Colorado River, the most important river in the Southwest is drying up. The river irrigates farms, powers electric grids and provides drinking water to over 40 million people in seven western states and Mexico. CAWCD is in charge of managing the 336 miles long Central Arizona Project (CAP). Ylenia is running because she wants to continue to ensure water security for Arizonans, while also protecting the Colorado River.
 
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Central Arizona Water Conservation District Candidate
Ben Graff

Ben Graff is a husband, father, Arizona land use attorney, and candidate for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board. As an Arizona native with deep roots in Arizona politics and experience making strategic decisions related to land use and water policy, he is highly qualified for this incredibly important elected position. Ben is the lead Land Use and Zoning attorney at Quarles & Brady LLP in Phoenix, and is an expert in a variety scenarios and issues related to the water demands of Maricopa County and our various municipalities. During law school, Ben was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to serve a two-year term as a Regent for the Arizona Board of Regents. Today, he serves as a Regent Emeritus, a precinct and state committee-person, and is involved with Valley Partnership, Arizona Forward and is a graduate of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy and Valley Leadership.
 
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Central Arizona Water Conservation District Candidate
Jim Pederson

Phoenix City Council District 2
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Phoenix City Council District 2 Candidate
Heli Nielson

Phoenix City Council District 2 voters have priorities. We need a change to make sure those priorities are heard. As your candidate for City Council, I will listen to you and fight hard to make sure District 2 gets it fair share of resources and always has a seat at the table.

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Phoenix City Council District 6
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Phoenix City Council Candidate
Harry Curtin

Originally from the East Coast, I ventured west at the age of 18 with a packed motorcycle and a few hundred dollars to my name. I searched for wide open spaces and a place to build my future and establish new roots. The city of Phoenix was my beacon of hope and gave me the safety and business tools to be successful. I want to work for all citizens to deliver the same opportunities I was awarded and push tirelessly for more...
 
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Phoenix City Council Candidate
Joan Greene

I'm running for Phoenix City Council because I want our families to live in a safe city with strong public services, an educated city with thriving businesses, and a responsible city that protects our air, land, water and wildlife.
 
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Phoenix City Council Candidate
Mark Moeremans

Mark has spent his career at the intersection of the private, public, and social sectors seeking ways to improve the lives of others. A graduate of Boston College and Stanford's Graduate School of Business, Mark charted a path within the private sector advising Fortune 100 companies as a consultant at Deloitte before joining a Private Equity firm and leading an Arizona-based benefits administration shop for contractors and blue collar workers.
 
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Phoenix City Council Candidate
Kellen Wilson

As a Hospitality Employee Representative, I protect what people work hard for. I’ve negotiated for paychecks that pay the bills. And every day during the pandemic I helped families who lost their jobs. I understand the value of service. My husband and I bought our home here so our two young children would have the best quality of life in Phoenix. On the City Council, I will focus on service and security... Police to keep our families safe. Stopping City Hall from hurting our home values. And protecting the integrity of our neighborhoods and the small businesses we all love. I appreciate your consideration.

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School Board Races
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For a full list of all candidates that have filed to run for school boards, see this site: https://mcss.knack.com/school-districts#2022-candidate-statements-of-interest/

Creighton Elementary School District

2 four-year seats available

Sophia Alexis Carrillo Dahl
 

Katherine Gipson McClean
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Madison Elementary School District

2 four-year seats available

Mitra Khazai

Paradise Valley Unified School District

1 two-year seat available

Kerry Baker
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2 four-year seats available

Tony Panterra

Phoenix Union High School Ward 3

1 four-year seat available

Charles Lucking
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Stephanie Parra
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Scottsdale Unified School District

2 four-year seats available

Mary Gaudio
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Robb Vaules
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