Learn about the candidates that are running to represent you in 2024! This page has candidate bios and links to their campaign webpages.

Important Election Dates

July 1Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline
July 3Early ballot mailed and early voting begins
July 19Last dat to request an early ballot
July 23Last day to mail back your ballot
July 26Last day to vote early in person
July 30Primary Election Day!
Sept 21Military and Overseas Ballots Mailed
Oct 7Voter Registration Deadline
Oct 9Ballots Mailed & Drop Boxes Available
Oct 25Last Day to Request and Early Ballot
Oct 29Last Day to Mail Back Your Ballot
Nov 5General Election Day!

AZ Legislature (LD13)

Our three legislative candidates, Sharon, Nicholas, and Brandy, have a joint donation page that equally splits the donations between all three candidates. Use the link above, or donate to candidates directly using the donate buttons below.

Sharon Lee Winters is a mother, author, small business owner, former paralegal, and retired English and math teacher. She holds a BS in education (K-12) with a major in psychology from Illinois State University and an MA in humanities from the University of Texas. She has devoted her teaching career to special education in public schools, taught in the Bernalillo Pueblo School in New Mexico, and taught English at Brookhaven College. Championing Reproductive Rights, Voting Rights, and Education, Sharon is committed to being a dynamic force for change in LD13. As a pro-choice candidate, she believes in empowering individuals with the right to make their own reproductive choices.

Nicholas Gonzales is an entrepreneur, urban planner, and father now running for State Legislature in his hometown of Chandler. Raised and educated in the Chandler Unified School District and ASU, Nicholas has deep connections to the Chandler community. As a father, he is firmly committed to restoring reproductive freedom in Arizona. As a business owner, he is passionate about economic development, affordable housing, and education, crucial for Arizona’s economy to continue thriving.

Brandy Reese, a forensic scientist and education advocate, has a solid background in analyzing physical evidence from crime scenes. With a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, she spent 14 years working in a laboratory and providing expert testimony in courtrooms. Her professional experience underscores her commitment to justice and factual accuracy. Brandy is focused on advocating for equal educational opportunities, responsible climate and water policies, and reproductive freedom.

Maricopa County

In Maricopa County, the Sheriff race is contested. All other Democrats running at the county level are running uncontested races. Please learn about the candidate using the links below.

Joel Navarro, a third-generation Arizonan from Tempe, has a long-standing commitment to public safety, serving as a firefighter/paramedic since 1995 and currently as Deputy Chief overseeing Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Fire District. He has managed various departments within Phoenix Fire, including Special Operations and Emergency Medical Services. Elected to the Tempe City Council in 2008 and re-elected thrice, Joel focuses on issues like public safety, housing, and mental health. He has held positions with the Maricopa Association of Governments, National League of Cities, and other national organizations, emphasizing public safety and opioid response. Joel’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Advertising Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education. He has also been involved in coaching various youth sports.

Tyler has over two decades in law enforcement and a Bachelor’s of Science in Administration of Justice from ASU. His career includes roles such as Shift Commander, Gang Enforcement Sergeant, and Homicide Detective with the Phoenix Police Department. Tyler has led organized crime investigations and enhanced interagency collaboration. He’s also engaged in community policing initiatives like “Operation Guardian” for gang intervention. Internationally, Tyler served in West Africa, developing strategies against human trafficking and establishing a task force at Kotoka International Airport. Additionally, he’s involved in humanitarian efforts and serves as Director of Executive Protection for Thrive Service Group Inc, focusing on poverty eradication. Tyler, married with four children, is active in his local church. His candidacy emphasizes innovative crime-fighting, ethical leadership, and community commitment.

Russ Skinner has worked in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for over 33 years and served as interim sheriff since Penzone’s departure. He was recently appointed by the Board of Supervisors as the new Maricopa County Sheriff, serving through November.

Tamika Wooten, with over 30 years in law, is running for Maricopa County Attorney. She’s been a Chief Prosecutor, defense attorney, and Judge Pro Tem across Maricopa County. Advocating for a just system, reproductive rights, and community impact, Tamika aims for an equitable justice system for all. She emphasizes her unique blend of legal experience, compassion, and judicial wisdom as foundational for her candidacy.

Tim Stringham, an Arizona native and ASU graduate, is running for Maricopa County Recorder. A veteran of both the Army and Navy, he served in Afghanistan and as an attorney in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, focusing on the rule of law in Africa and the Middle East. Stringham emphasizes the importance of democracy and integrity in elections, advocating for fair and transparent vote counting. His campaign is centered on protecting the right to vote and opposing election-related misconduct. If elected, he plans to ensure convenient, secure voting and accurate vote tallying. Stringham, who continues to serve in the Naval Reserve, has a legal background from Notre Dame Law School, facilitated by the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Dr. Laura Metcalfe is an educator who came from industry to make a significant difference in education. She is passionate about supporting learning and achievement for all kids, families, the public school system, and communities. 

Laura holds 27 years of responsible education experience, starting as a high school teacher to a district-level administrator. She has also worked in the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Office as a leader supporting all levels of schools within Maricopa County. Laura earned a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and she is certified in Arizona as a school superintendent. 

Greg Freeman, a Phoenix native with a background in Math and Computer Science from the Colorado School of Mines, has over a decade of experience in the real estate industry, working in various roles including escrow officer and commercial property manager. He actively participates in community development, serving on zoning commissions and as a board member of local alliances and foundations. Greg is also involved with the Phoenix Police Department Business Initiative. His campaign for Maricopa County Assessor focuses on addressing the housing shortage and homelessness, advocating for affordable housing solutions, and supporting senior residents. He aims to ensure equitable tax contributions from investment corporations and rental companies, promoting neighborhood prosperity and opportunities for homeownership and renting in Maricopa County.

State Candidates

There are three Democratic candidates running for three open seats on the AZ Corporation Commission. Please learn about the candidate using the links below.

Ylenia Aguilar, with a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona, is the Business Development Manager at Gybe, focusing on water analytics for watershed health. Committed to environmental sustainability, she serves on the Osborn School District Governing Board, Vitalyst Health Foundation Board of Trustees, and HECHO Advisory Council. Influenced by her father’s conservation ethos, Aguilar is passionate about outdoor activities. Her sons are pursuing environmental sciences and international baccalaureate studies.

Jonathon Hill, a candidate for the AZ Corporation Commission, has a background in Aerospace Engineering, Geological Sciences, and Russian from Arizona State University. His PhD focused on studying Martian salt deposits. For 17 years, he worked at the ASU Mars Space Flight Facility, operating instruments on NASA’s Mars missions and supporting missions like OSIRIS-REx and the Clipper mission to Europa. Hill is running for the Corporation Commission to leverage his technical expertise in regulating Arizona’s utilities.

Joshua Polacheck, who grew up in the rural West and spent his middle and high school years in Tucson, has a background in the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer for nearly two decades. His international assignments included Mosul, Pakistan, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, and the Dominican Republic. Returning to Arizona in 2018 to care for his father, Joshua has since been involved in local advocacy, focusing on practical solutions for Arizona families. He is running to secure Arizona’s future, emphasizing the need for immediate action.

CAWCD Candidates
(Non-Partisan)

The Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD) manages canals from the Colorado River across Arizona, providing water to municipalities, agribusiness, and industry. This system supplies a significant portion of Arizona’s drinking water. The state’s development relied on securing water rights from the Colorado River, transforming it into a thriving area. The CAWCD’s role is crucial for Arizona’s growth, requiring smart management, conservation, and innovation to ensure a sustainable water supply, which is essential for economic opportunity and the state’s future.

Heather Macre fights for the people of Arizona every day, emphasizing integrity, transparency, and sustainability. She has represented Maricopa County on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors since getting elected in 2012.  She is a partner at the Fennemore law firm and spends her free time raising money for children in the community through Suns Charities 88. Heather and her husband Steven are parents to Dorothy and four rescue dogs.

Federal Candidates

Ruben Gallego is running for Senate with a focus on creating equal opportunities for working families in Arizona. As the son of immigrants, he grew up in a low-income household and worked multiple jobs to support his family and fund his education at Harvard University. His experience as a Marine Corps infantryman in Iraq, where he faced significant combat and losses, deeply impacted him and led to his book “They Called Us ‘Lucky’.” Post-military, Gallego entered public service, advocating for veterans and working families in Arizona. In Congress, he has been a key figure in national security, serving as the highest-ranking Latino on the House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Intelligence and Special Operations Subcommittee. He has been instrumental in authoring budgets for these areas. Gallego’s campaign emphasizes bridging the gap for families striving for the American Dream, addressing disparities created by powerful entities in Washington and Wall Street.

As a former Mayor of Phoenix, Greg knows how to get things done and has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his constituents.

Congressman Stanton flies home every weekend to work in his district. 

There is simply too much work to be done to take any time out of serving the folks who put their trust in him. 

Katrina, a Congressional candidate with a blue-collar background from Chicago, emphasizes support for middle America and small businesses in her campaign. Raised in a carpenter’s family, she gained practical skills in construction and later pursued a cosmetology license through trade school. Her work experience in a corporate setting and at a salon helped develop her customer service, leadership, and organizational skills. Her political activism focuses on affordable healthcare, quality education, economic reform, and climate action. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Katrina actively supported refugees and advocated on Capitol Hill. She aims to represent everyday families and challenge policies favoring the top 1%, positioning herself against special interest lobbyists.

School Board Candidates
(Non-Partisan)

School board candidates do not have petitions to sign on E-Qual. To sign a petition, contact the candidate or attend one of our monthly meetings, where candidates often have petitions.

Claudia Mendoza is an experienced educator who worked at ASU Prep STEM Academy. With a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Claudia has dedicated her career to fostering innovative learning environments. Her work at ASU Prep STEM Academy involved developing and implementing curriculum that encourages critical thinking and problem-solving skills among students. Claudia is known for her commitment to education and her ability to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Barb Mozdzen was elected to the Governing Board in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, 2016, and 2020. Her term expires December 2024. Barb has served on several non-profits’ boards of directors, volunteered for the Chandler Education Foundation, and is a retired legal assistant. Her children attended Shumway and Sanborn Elementary (where, as a member of the PTO, she tirelessly supported the Art Masterpiece program), Andersen and Willis Junior Highs, and Chandler High School (where she has been an energetic booster of the swim team).

Zeyna, with a Graduate Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a decade of teaching experience, is a candidate for the Chandler Unified Governing Board. Her background includes a Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas and experience in her family’s retail business. Zeyna’s focus includes analyzing and improving graduation rates, maintaining educational excellence, and collaborating with the Chandler City Council and Chamber of Commerce. Her commitment to education is reinforced by her roles as a parent, special education para-educator, substitute teacher, and community volunteer within the Chandler Unified School District.

City & Town Councils
(Non-Partisan)

The Chandler City Council race is non-partisan, with 9 people running for the 3 open seats. Of the 9 candidates, 3 of them have been guest speakers at our general meetings and have shared their campaign information. Visit their campaign pages for more information.

The Gilbert Town Council race is non-partisan, with 4 people running for 2 open seats. One candidate has joined us.