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Discussion 4 Democracy: Adrian Fontes and Reginald Bolding for Secretary of State

Discussion 4 Democracy: Adrian Fontes and Reginald Bolding for Secretary of State

Join our Discussion 4 Democracy series as we sit down, in person, with Democratic candidates running for Arizona Secretary of State!

What does the Secretary of State do?

The Arizona Secretary of State’s office is charged with a number of important state functions and, like lieutenant governors in other states, the Secretary of State is first in line to succeed the Governor in the event that they cannot hold the office themselves.

One of the most notable duties of the Secretary of State’s office is administrating trustworthy, secure elections. They increase voter engagement through voter registration efforts and build trust in our election process by certifying voting devices, verifying election results and overseeing campaign financing.

The Secretary of State also works hand in hand with the business community by recording business partnerships in Arizona and registering trade names and trademarks.

Who are the Democratic candidates?

 Reginald Bolding defied the odds as a first generation college student and was elected as a State Representative for District 27 in 2015. Since then, he has spearheaded the efforts in the state legislature to fight back against the GOP’s voter suppression efforts, been the voice of overlooked communities in Arizona and become the Democratic Leader in the State House. Bolding also co-founded the largest Black-led voting rights and community engagement organizations in the state, Arizona Coalition for Change. Bolding plans to use these experiences to protect the voting rights of every Arizonan and make the election process more transparent.

After serving his country as a United States Marine, Adrian Fontes started his professional career by practicing law for 15 years. After being a firsthand witness to voter suppression efforts in the 2016 election, Fontes decided to take action by running for, and being elected to, the office of the Maricopa County Recorder. While in office, Fontes oversaw record voter registration and turnout in Maricopa County, even in the midst of Covid-19, and efforts from far right extremists to overturn the election results. As Secretary of State Adrian wants to ensure that every eligible Arizonan has the ability to exercise their fundamental right to vote.

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