States & Candidates

States can change the direction of our country.

Arizona 2020

Goal

Flip a chamber

Chamber Makeup

State Senate

13 Democrats

17 Republicans

State House

29 Democrats

31 Republicans

Opportunity Assessment

Arizona is a burgeoning purple state—but it won’t get there on its own. The path to flipping one or both chambers of the legislature is narrow, but if everything breaks right, there’s a significant opportunity to disrupt an extreme, special interest-dominated majority.

The Stakes

In Arizona, the current governing majority has led a coordinated, multi-year effort to undermine fundamental democratic processes and Arizonans’ ability to get a good education and quality healthcare. 

  • Doubled down on efforts to restrict voting, working to change how early voting has worked for decades, limit ballot initiatives, restrict voter IDs, and criminalize some non-partisan voter registration.
  • Proposed legislation to inject partisanship back into the redistricting process.
  • Resurrected junk healthcare plans that do not protect pre-existing conditions.
  • Zealously worked to roll back a voter-approved ballot measure guaranteeing paid sick leave, to the point that courts had to step in.

2020 Political Landscape

  • In 2020, the entire House and Senate are up for election and just two seats in the Senate and one seat in the House will break the current majority.
  • If Democrats win two House seats they will control the chamber outright for the first time in five decades.
  • In 2018:
    • Fewer than 1,300 votes decided control of both state chambers.
    • Future Now Fund endorsed all four candidates who flipped Republican-held House seats.
    • Kyrsten Sinema won a majority of legislative districts (in Arizona the House and Senate are elected from contiguous districts), providing a clear path to the majority in both chambers.
    • In 2018, Republicans were helped by Gov. Doug Ducey’s blowout re-election victory, which they won’t be able to replicate with contested presidential and Senate races atop the ticket in 2020.

Meet the candidates

  • Coral Evans
    Coral Evans
    HD-6

    As the Mayor of Flagstaff, Coral has seen how decisions in the state legislature can hurt regular people and businesses in Arizona. She is running to ensure rural Arizona has a strong voice in the state House and every Arizonan has a fair shot to succeed.

  • Jennifer Pawlik
    Jennifer Pawlik
    HD-17

    A longtime public school teacher and college educator, Jennifer took her commitment to education to the state Capitol in 2018 where she has been a leader in ensuring all students have a fair chance to succeed.

  • Jennifer Jermaine
    Jennifer Jermaine
    HD-18

    The co-founder of two nonprofits that empower people to make an impact in their community,Jennifer understands the importance of civic engagement. She joined the state house in 2018, where she fights for civil rights and better schools.

  • Judy Schweibert
    Judy Schwiebert
    HD-20

    Growing up the child of a high school principal, the importance of education was instilled in Judy early. A longtime public school teacher and a community leader herself, she is eager to advocate for better schools for all Arizonans.

  • Kathy Knecht
    Kathy Knecht
    HD-21

    Kathy is a community leader and public servant who has served on the school board for twelve years. She is running to fight for affordable healthcare, quality education, and to ensure that government works for the people, not special interests.

  • Aaron Lieberman
    Aaron Lieberman
    HD-28

    After growing up in the district, Aaron founded efforts that have improved education access for more than 100,000 families. Since 2018, he has been advocating for students and his community in the state House.

  • Felicia French
    Felicia French
    SD-6

    Felicia served 32 years as a Colonel, nurse, and helicopter pilot in the Army. Since retiring from the army in 2010, she has worked as a hospice nurse, as well as to support nonprofits.

  • Ajlan Kurdoglu
    AJ Kurdoglu
    SD-17

    A first-generation American, AJ is a small business owner and engineer. He is running to ensure every Arizonan has access to a great education, to a great health care system, and to thriving communities.

  • Christine Marsh
    Christine Marsh
    SD-28

    Christine was a longtime high school English teacher who was named Arizona’s teacher of the year in 2016. She has seen firsthand how the state is failing its schools and she is running because she knows Arizona’s kids deserve better.