|PHOENIX – On Saturday, January 23rd, Arizona Democrats elected LD30 State Representative Raquel Terán as their new Chair for the next two years. Within minutes of the State Committee adjourning, Chair Terán began working on the party’s 2022 strategy. Chair Terán was briefed on the party’s operations, held her first leadership meeting with senior staff, and is structuring the party’s agenda for the months ahead.
Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, Matt Grodsky, stated the following:
“Our new Chairwoman knows how to build broad coalitions and bring people together. She is already hard at work developing the fundraising, voter registration, and candidate recruitment strategy for the 2022 election. She will leverage the state party leadership, our county parties, and legislative districts to chart our path forward. Arizona Democrats can rest assured that the party has not skipped a beat and is working earlier than ever to build off our 2020 successes and expand our winning infrastructure. Chair Terán will spare no effort to make sure that we are supporting our candidates from school board to the Governorship.”
This week, Chair Terán spoke with numerous outlets about the Arizona Democratic Party’s path forward:
AZ Central The Gaggle Podcast – Key Takeaways:
- Chair Terán: “If you compare Arizona to other states, we actually didn’t lose ground, we actually gained a seat in the State Senate […] while we were able to drive up the vote for Democrats at the top of the ticket, change takes time […] we’re not going to lose patience and we are going to add on our victories from 2020.”
- Chair Terán: “Even though I see myself as a progressive, I am somebody who knows how to listen and can bring people together […] the Republican party is divided but at the same time they did decide to continue the Trump agenda by electing Kelli Ward […] we are in a good position, while they continue to be divided, they alienate people who are Independent or Republicans that want to see their party regain integrity it’s an opportunity for Democrats while we continue to build our base.”
KJZZ Interview – Key Takeaways:
- Chair Terán: “Arizona Democrats had great success in 2020 at the top of the ticket we elected a Democratic President for the first time in 25 years and now we have two Democratic Senators for the first time in seventy years, we retained our Congressional majority, we retained twenty-nine Democrats in the House and gained a Democrat in the State Senate […] our focus for 2022 is to build on our federal success and win at a state level […] We are in it to fight to elect every Democrat.”
- Chair Terán: “We have been talking about Arizona being a battleground state for many years and in 2018 and 2020 we proved we are a battleground state. I think we are in that place where not only our local donors are seeking to invest in our party, but our national donors as well.”
The Chair will appear on MSNBC with Alicia Mendedez and Politics Unplugged with Dennis Welch this weekend.