Democratic Candidates for Races within LD1 Boundaries

Here is a list of candidates—all of them highly qualified and all of them committed to returning our lives to a new government norm—one that addresses the needs of all of its citizens.  To run competitive races against well-funded GOP opponents, our candidates need your vote, your volunteer time and, of course, your donations.  

We'll revise this list in early 2022 in accordance with the redistricting of jurisdictional boundaries for Cave Creek, Carefree and adjoining areas.

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Mark Kelly

Incumbent Candidate for US Senate
A ex-astronaut, retired U.S. Navy Captain (i.e., Gulf War combat missions), junior AZ U.S. Senator (2000-2022, completing John McCain's term), aerospace consultant, businessman, book author, co-founder of Giffords, a nonprofit gun-control advocacy group.

Jevin Hodge

Candidate for US Representative CD-6
Local community advocate, LINK strategic partners natl. engagement coordinator, Vice Chair AZ Dem Party, Board Chair Booker T. Washington Child Development Ctr., Bd. Chair Tempe Union High School Education Foundation. 2020 Dem candidate for Maricopa Bd. of Supervisors.

Delina DiSanto

Candidate for US Representative CD - 6
A registered nurse, former hospital financial director, construction business with husband, staffer of former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Colo., Dem who became a Republican).

Adam Metzendorf

Candidate for US Representative CD-6
He graduated from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and built a career in professional sports management. Candidate for US Representative - CD6. Ex-Director of the Phx Suns Membership Experience & Arena Sports Group, skilled in recruiting training, a decades-long career in professional sports. Volunteered in 2021 for the St, Mary's Food Bank. A Scottsdale resident. 33 years old.

Thomas Dugger

U.S. Congressional Candidate, CD-3
A go-getter, small business owner, Information Technology and Finance expert, specialist in Information Security, and chief planner on multi-million dollar developments.

Katie Hobbs

Candidate for Governor
AZ state rep (2011-13) and state senator (2013-2019), secretary of state (2018-2022), master's in social work, social worker since 1992 (domestic violence, behavioral health, and homelessness).

Aaron Lieberman

Candidate for Governor
American politician. 1994 Yale (English, Intl. Relations). Taught low-income preschoolers, founded the non-profit Jumpstart and in 2002 Acelero Learning (the CEO until 2015). CEO Phx. Spine Surgery Center (2015-2017). AZ state house rep (D, LD28; 2019-9/2021)

Marco Lopez

Candidate for Governor
Mayor of Nogales, Exec.Dir. AZ-Mex. Commission, Policy Advisor to AZ Dem Gov. Janet Napolitano, Director Mex. & Lat. Am., AZ Dept. of Commerce, Chief of Staff U.S. Customs & Border Protection (2009-2011).

Adrian Fontes

Candidate for Secretary of State
US Marine Corps (1992-1996). Bachelor's AZ State, Univ. of Denver law degree. Prosecutor in the offices of Denver District Attorney, Maricopa County Attorney, and AZ Attorney General. Elected Maricopa Recorder's Office (2016-2020), first Latino to hold office in Maricopa.

Reginald Bolding

Candidate for Secretary of State
U. of Cincinnati B.S. (criminal justice, intl. security). Special ed teacher South Phx. AZ state rep (LD28), House minority whip (2015- 2021), Business & Econ. Dev. Chair of Natl. Black Caucus of State Legislators, Bd. of Dirs., Phx. Children's Museum.

Kris Mayes

Candidate for Attorney General
News reporter, lawyer, ASU bachelor's (valedictorian, polsci) and law degree. Truman Scholarship winner, editor ASU's State Press. Master's Columbia University (Public Admin.) Reporter Phoenix Gazette, The AZ Republic. Author: Spin Priests: Campaign Advisors and the 2000 Race for the WH. ASU law professor. AZ . Corp. Comm. (2003-2010).

Kathy Hoffman

Incumbent Candidate for Superintendent of Public Education
American educator and politician. U. of Ore. bachelor's (Japanese studies, 2009; U. of AZ Masters (speech language pathology). Taught pre-school, a speech pathologist in the Peoria and Vail School Districts. AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction (2019-2021). Fluent in Spanish, Japanese.

Martín Quesada

Candidate for State Treasurer
Glendale Comm. College, bachelor's ASU (2001), ASU law degree (2008). Pres. Chicano/Latino Law Students Assoc. (2006-2007). AZ LD29 state rep (2013-2015), state senator (2015-2021). Own law firm. Dir. Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Assoc. Pendergast Elem. School District Governing Bd. (2010-2023).

Sandra Kennedy

Incumbent Candidate for Arizona Corporation Commission
Maricopa Community College. Outstanding Young Woman of America 1984. AZ State U. Accounting & Business Admin. AZ state rep (1986-1992); state senator (1992-1998). Phx, Union High Governing Bd. (1990-1994). Exec. Committee AZ Dem Party (1990-1992) AZ Corp Commission 2009-Jan.,2012; 2019-Jan. 2023).

Lauren Kuby

Candidate for Arizona Corporation Commission
U. of Chicago bachelor's (Early Am. History), ASU master's (Public History, Scholarly Editing certificate). Manager, Events & Community Engagement, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, ASU (current). Bd., AZ Municipal Water Users Assoc. (2015-2020). Tempe City Council (2014-2022).