September 22, 2020 Press Releases

Release: Historic Number of Indigenous Peoples and Native American Descendants Running in Arizona

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Contact: Matt Grodsky,

Release: Historic Number of Indigenous Peoples and Native American Descendants Running in Arizona

PHOENIX – For the first time, there are over a dozen Native American and Indigenous descendants running as Democrats across Arizona. With 16 candidates, this is the highest number of Native American candidates to ever run in Arizona. Here’s who they are:

  • Arlando S. Teller Dine’, Navajo Nation, AZ House 7
  • Bernadette Kniffin, San Carlos Apache, Gila County Supervisor District 3
  • Dawnafe Whitesinger, White Mountain Apache, Navajo County Supervisor District 5
  • Deborah Ann Begay, Dine’ Navajo Nation, Justice of the Peace Moon Valley
  • Domingo DeGrazia, Eastern Band of Cherokee, AZ House 10
  • Felicia French, Descendant of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, AZ Senate 6
  • Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, Tohono O’odham, Pima County Recorder
  • Jamescita Peshlakai, Dine’, Navajo Nation, AZ Senate 7
  • Jennifer DeMarre Jermaine, Descendant of the White Earth Ojibwe, AZ House 18
  • Judy Begay, Dine’, Navajo Nation, Coconino Supervisor District 4
  • Lena Fowler, Dine’ Navajo Nation, Coconino Supervisor District 5
  • Makius Marks, Dine’ Navajo Nation, Flagstaff Unified School District
  • Myron Tsosie, Dine’ Navajo Nation, AZ House
  • Roberta “Birdie” Wilcox Cano, Dine’ Navajo Nation Winslow Major
  • Sally Ann Gonzales Pascua Yaqui, AZ Senate 3
  • Thomasene Cardona Yavapai-Apache Nation, Camp Verde School Board District
  • Victoria Steele, Seneca, AZ Senate 9
Arizona Democratic Party Native American Outreach Manager, Rachel Hood stated, “Arizona Democrats understand that Native American history and culture are foundational to the identity of our state and our country. We have long recognized that tribal communities need investments in education, housing, infrastructure, and healthcare. We are proud to see this historic number of Native Americans, and those descended from Native Americans, running as Democrats to provide solutions to these issues and bring much-needed change to our state.”

Arizonans have 13 days to register to vote: