PHOENIX–The Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Martin Quezada, Senator Lupe Contreras and Senator Andrea Dalessandro, released the following statement on Senate Farnsworth’s subpoenas to Maricopa County Board of Supervisors:

“We expect these subpoenas to turn up just as much as Republican’s 8 failed elections lawsuits: Absolutely nothing. We stand by and strongly support the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in not complying with the subpoenas to protect voter’s private information and instead seeking court clarification to ensure that voting equipment is not compromised.

There are those out there who want to cast doubt and chaos on our election and are encouraging the completely made up claims of fraud. Their plan is obvious: Use this to cast doubt in the public to pass laws that will make it more difficult for Arizonans to vote.

But here are the facts. More than 2 million eligible ballots were cast in Maricopa County and there is no evidence of fraud, misconduct or malfunction. No matter how you voted, this election was administered with integrity, transparency and in accordance with state laws.

Now we need to move on and focus on a real crisis: COVID-19. As of today there are over 400,000 COVID cases and 7,819 COVID deaths. We need to focus on stronger action to slow this virus down before more people get sick and more loved ones are missing from the dinner table this Christmas.”


PHOENIX– Arizona Senate Democrats released the following statements after choosing a new leadership team for the 2021 Arizona Legislative Session.

Senate Minority Leader Rebecca Rios: “I’m honored to have been elected to serve as the Senate Democrats Minority Leader and take up the mantle from my colleague Senator Bradley. We have significant work ahead of us as Covid-19 cases are on the rise and Arizonans are looking to their leaders to act. Senate Democrats stand ready to lead as inclusive problem solvers and act on the mandate from Arizonans who want us to focus on funding education, stopping the Covid-19 pandemic, and creating equal opportunity for every Arizonan.”

Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Lupe Contreras: “I’m ready to continue the fight alongside this great new leadership team. We have a unified vision to move our changing state forward with transparency, fairness and equal opportunity for all.”

Senate Democratic Whip Senate Quezada: “For too long misguided Republican leadership has put us decades behind other states, and the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown that into even starker relief. We absolutely must get a handle on the pandemic and help Arizonans. We know that a state that is good for workers is a state that is good for business and this session we are invigorated to focus on protecting public education, voting rights and addressing racial injustice.”

Senate Democratic Whip Victoria Steele: “This coming year is going to be a transformative one for Arizona. We picked up another Senate seat and Democrats are ready to lead for every Arizonan and we will not compromise our values. I’m excited to see what this session will bring.”


IMMEDIATE RELEASE| November 9th 2020

PHOENIX– The Arizona Indigenous People’s Caucus released the following statement after Indigenous voters swung the 2020 election:

“Despite a long history of voter suppression in our community, the power of Indigenous voters was on full display in Arizona this election cycle. The Native vote across Arizona was pivotal in electing Joe Biden and Mark Kelly and putting them over the top to win. And while the Navajo Nation came out overwhelmingly for Kelly and Biden, the collective power of all Arizona tribes clearly made a difference in helping to swing the election. As reported Thursday by the Navajo Times, the three counties that overlap with the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation gave Biden 73,954 votes, and just 2,010 for Trump, a rate of 97% for Biden as opposed to 51% statewide.

The right to vote has not always been a right granted to all Americans, especially for Native Americans. For decades Indigenous peoples have fought for the American right to vote, but didn’t achieve that until as recently as 1948, when two members of the Yavapai Indian Tribe won their Supreme Court case. We also acknowledge the groups who have been committed to advocating and protecting the right to vote for Indigenous Arizonans for years. As the 2020 election ends, we are grateful and proud of Indigenous Arizonans who took a stand against hate, bigotry and racism and were essential in flipping the White House.”


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