MCDP is dedicated to being a well-organized, effective political organization that is prepared to win local, state, and national elections.
MCDP works to elect Democrats to public office who embrace the values of the Democratic Party.
To further this mission, MCDP:
Works to increase the number of registered Democratic voters
Recruits, trains, and promotes registered Democrats as candidates for elected office; supports their campaigns, and assists them in office
Works for and promotes accurate, transparent, and fair elections
Works to get out the vote
Conducts other activities as appropriate to strengthen and promote the aims and objectives of the Democratic Party
Raises funds to support the above activities and to advance our mission
What we stand For
The Maricopa County Democratic Party has developed the following platform – a living doctrine that can be adjusted and changed with the times. We agree these important objectives align with the principles of our diverse party and constituents.
- Diversity and equity for all are what strengthens our communities and party.
- Private, for-profit prisons must be eliminated.
- No border wall. No immigration ban. Stop the deportations. No human being is illegal.
- Every citizen has the right to vote.
- People’s voices and grassroots movements to elicit change cannot be ignored. The right to peaceably protest must be protected.
- We must overturn “Right to Work” and build strong unions (both private and public sector) that will help provide better living wages for workers. Ban the box!
- We believe in a strong separation of church and state.
- Public education must be properly funded and teachers should receive the pay they deserve. Public schools are our priority – not vouchers.
- The right to call for referendum is vital to free society.
- Climate change is real. It must be addressed immediately.
- Black Lives Matter.
- We support common-sense gun reform which includes a ban on assault weapons, studying gun violence as a public health risk, and no guns for domestic abusers.
- All People should have equal status and protection under the law regardless of gender, race, disability/ability, religious affiliation or lack thereof, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
- Women’s rights are human rights. The right to choose is essential to women’s rights.
- Disability rights are civil rights. A barrier-free, inclusive, diverse community empowers and values each individual while creating autonomy, opportunity, and dignity.
- Healthcare is an inalienable right and there should be universal healthcare for all.
- Higher education is not a luxury. College, trade schools, and universities should be, as stated in the state constitution, as “nearly free as possible”.
- We support the rights of all tribal people and their sovereignty rights.
- Corporations are not people. Dark money must be removed from politics.
- We support net neutrality. The internet must remain free from corporate control.
- Equal pay for equal work.
MCDP Executive Board
First Vice Chair
Carol Maas is the 1st Vice-Chair of the Maricopa County Democratic Party, serving her second term in that position. Carol has also served MCDP as a 2nd Vice-Chair. She is currently the Circle of Friends co-chair, along with Secretary of the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women. Locally she serves as 1st Vice-Chair for Legislative District 17 and Vice President of the Sun Lakes Democratic Club.
Carol, a Kansas State University graduate, moved to Arizona in 2006 from Los Angeles. Her German mother lived under Nazi rule and came to the US after marrying Carol’s father, a US Army sergeant serving as part of the occupation forces after the end of WWII. Carol’s mother instilled in her the importance that political leaders have and the impact their decisions can have on their citizenry. Understanding the importance of who is elected to office drives Carol’s motivation to be involved. Retiring in 2019, she will be working very hard in 2020 for our candidates. Carol recently celebrated her spring to Phil Ulrich this past March.
Second Vice Chair
Alejandro was born in Los Angeles California to Immigrant parents from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. They located in Phoenix, Arizona in the west Phoenix where he first attended school and still lives today. He is an entrepreneur, a former legislative candidate, and sits on the LD30 Democratic Party Executive Board as the Second Vice-Chair.
Having lived in a community that was dealing with a heavy amount of inequality and continued to see cuts in funding for education, after school programs, infrastructure, and was also dealing with attacks from the Sherif’s department, Alejandro began to get politically involved. He began as an active volunteer for the Adios Arpaio campaign after SB1070 was enacted. In 2018 he ran for the Arizona House of Representatives to represent the district he was raised in. Despite falling short of a win, Alejandro’s entrance in the race contributed to the largest voter turnout in District 30. Today, he is fully committed to building power in his community and across the state in order to improve the quality of life for all.
Sergeant At Arms
A third-generation Arizonan and fourth-generation Arizona Democrat originally from Cochise County, Patrick saw firsthand the lengths people would go to get into the US. That, combined with the lessons taught in his public school education about the US being a nation of immigrants, like his grandparents and great-grandparents, influenced his sense of justice and the need for systemic equity.
Patrick has campaigned and volunteered for Democrats since Al Gore in 2000 before he was eligible to vote. It has always been Patrick’s focus to fight for progressive and equitable values to ensure that every community has its seat at the table.
Jade has spent her entire life taking care of and giving back to people. The oldest of her siblings, a leader in her community, and a role model for her peers; when asked, what gives her passion, she answers “advocacy for those who cannot advocate for themselves.” Much to the chagrin of her wife, she spends all her available time helping those in need, whether they be asylum seekers mistreated by ICE, refugees from the Middle East, at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, or any underrepresented member of society. Evident by her chosen profession of Medical Device Engineering, she is technical, thorough, and efficient in all aspects of her life. Specifically, because she has such an intense fire for helping those around her, she often forgets and trivializes speaking up for herself. Which is why her wife, Roda, had to write this biography instead. Hi everyone!
Maritza Miranda Saenz
Maritza is the proud daughter of two farmworkers who instilled in her a sense of responsibility to care for her community and be an advocate for others. Currently, Maritza serves as the proud Executive Director of the Maricopa County Democratic Party (MCDP) where she has worked since 2017, serving first as the Director of Operations. She is the former Chair of the Latino Outreach Committee of MCDP and former Vice Chair of Legislative District 27.
Laura has served as MCDP’s Field Director since early 2016. Her work at MCDP also includes Precinct Committee/Volunteer Training and has trained more than a thousand people during her years of involvement in the Democratic Party. Laura formerly served as Chair of MCDP and Chair of her legislative district in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. She is passionate about electing Democrats at every level and knows that a good field program can move the needle enough to win close elections.
Brooklynne has served as Development Director at MCDP since early 2018. With education and experience from the nonprofit sector, Brooklynne has a unique perspective on fundraising that she has brought to the Party. After finishing an AmeriCorps term of service in 2016, Brooklynne ran campaigns for State House & State Senate in Legislative District 17. Brooklynne is dedicated to organizing grassroots donors in Maricopa County so we can elect progressive Democrats to all levels of office in our state.
Edder has been involved in the nonprofit and community advocacy world since 2011. He was first a field organizer, but soon transitioned to communications during his first political campaign. Having produced and hosted his own radio show in the past, he was a natural in this role. Shortly after a few stints with various community organizations, he returned to school and graduated from Arizona State University in the spring of 2018. He previously worked with organizations like Promise Arizona, Mi Familia Vota and One Arizona.
MCDP Legislative District Chairs
Ann was a lifelong registered Independent, not wanting to let anyone know how she voted or stand up for what she believed in. That all changed in November of 2016. Ann saw that all of the protests and phone calls were great and uplifting, but did not change any votes. She realized she needed to become a Democrat and joined the organization. Since there was no Legislative District for Democrats in the Northern Maricopa region, she helped start Legislative District 1. In her free time, Ann is a Physical Therapist with an MS in Healthcare Management/Public Education and works with special needs students at Deer Valley Unified School District.
I am a retired attorney specializing in family law, currently available to facilitate Family Mediation. I grew up in a politically active Democratic family in Philadelphia where my dad had me demonstrate how to vote a straight Democratic ticket on the sample machine when I was 4.
During the 38 years that I lived in Oak Park, Illinois, I was active politically, serving on the steering committee of the Oak Park Citizens Committee for Handgun control which successfully obtained a handgun ban in Oak Park and ran the campaign to keep it when the NRA challenged it in a referendum. We won 60/40 and it’s still on the books.
From a successful career in hospitality management and a 2nd volunteer career in non-profit leadership, Terry came out of retirement after the 2017 Women’s March in Washington DC, determined to make a difference. She lives in Buckeye with her spouse, Barbara. They raised five children together and now enjoy spending time with their ten grandchildren. When not working to build Democratic leaders in their home community, travel and geocaching are favorite pastimes. The mission of LD13 Promote civic engagement and education, register voters, increase voter participation and work to elect candidates who embrace Democratic values. Join us.
Mary Witzel is serving her first term as Chair of the LD 15 Democrats. She has been a very active supporter of the Democratic Party since relocating to Phoenix in 2015 and previously served as 1st Vice-Chair for LD 15. She is also a State Committee Member for the Arizona Democratic Party. She strongly believes that high-quality public education, access to healthcare, protection of the vulnerable, a safe community and protection of the environment are essential to the quality of our lives and our children’s future. Legislative District 15 lies in the northern region of Maricopa County including much of North Phoenix and is made up of 42 precincts.
Laurie Bingenheimer is a lifelong Democrat who spent 38 years in Arizona public education. She started as an aide in a special education classroom and eventually spent the last 21 years of her career as a school psychologist. Her experiences in Arizona public schools, have shaped her into a staunch public education advocate.
She first began volunteering with the East Valley Democratic Party in the ’90s. Laurie first became a Precinct Committee Member in 2010 and she’s renewed her PC status ever since. In her recent service, she’s served on the LD12 Executive Board for the past 4 years. As Chair, she hopes to build on the momentum her LD created in 2016 when they saw a 30% increase in Democratic voter turnout. Laurie is currently a member of the Arizona Education Association – Retired and she currently lives with her two dogs Dakotha and Bismarck.
The newly elected chair of Legislative District 16 is Sharon Stinard. She is a long-time resident of the East Valley and was a candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2016 and 2018. She is a retired educator of 42 years with 22 years in the secondary school classroom and 20 years working at the community college level. Her leadership skills have been developed through serving as an elected officer on various non-profit and service organization boards of directors. The women’s domestic violence shelter program in the far east valley she founded recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. She looks forward to building a team of Democratic activists in LD16 that will enjoy working together to elect Democrats and grow our party in Arizona for years to come.
Nancy has been a lifelong Democrat. She has a Master’s in Social Work and spent her first years working with children and families at the Department of Economic Security. This included 5 years as the Director for the Food Stamp and Welfare Programs in Maricopa County. In the mid-1980s, the USDA decided it was time to move on from food stamp coupons and released several grants to test Electronic Benefits (EBT). At that point, Nancy moved to the private sector to use her experience in bidding, installing and supporting the fledging state programs. She is now retired from JPMorgan Chase and spends her time with good friends, her family and of course, the Democrats.
Dr. Janie Hydrick grew up and attended public elementary and high schools in Arizona. She holds multiple degrees, including a doctorate from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Janie serves as Galveston Precinct Committee Person; Chandler Dems Neighborhood Team Leader; LD18 Chair, Education Coordinator for the Arizona Democratic Party; Treasurer of the AFL-CIO-Retired; Vice-President of the Arizona Education Association-Retired; and Board member of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe.
Janie lives in Chandler with her daughter, son-in-law, two grandchildren, and three pugs.
Devin began work as a Community Organizer in 2012. In that year alone, he helped register over 34,000 new minority voters that were engaged throughout the 2012 election cycle. That success continued in 2013 as Devin served as a community organizer throughout South Phoenix & West Phoenix working to increase civic engagement in communities of color. In 2014, Devin ran for a seat on Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board. In which Devin won his election and was voted Vice President by his fellow board members. In addition to serving as a school board member; Devin was also elected in 2015 to serve as the Regional Pacific Director for the National Black Council of school board members. As a Pacific Regional Director, overseeing 5 states; Devin works to increase academic achievement from ethnic and racial minority groups.
Janet Wilson; Chair of LD20. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, I attended NYC public schools and the State University of NY at Albany for my BS and MA degrees. My Mom was a Public School teacher in the Bronx and my Dad was a union electrician with Local 3. I have always worked in the Information Technology field either as a programmer, consultant, manager, sole proprietor, or director. I am very lucky to have a loving family including my husband, two children in college, two dogs, and two cats. Like others, I got more involved in politics after the 2016 election. I started out as a PC, then became the PC Recruitment Chairperson along with being the Campaign Manager for Doug Ervin for State Senate during the 2017-18 election cycle.
Cathy (Cat) Fifer is the Chair of the LD 21 Democrats. She has lived in the district for almost 27 years and in the west valley for 46 years. She worked at Maricopa County for 13 years & the City of Phoenix for 16 years. After retiring, she became involved in political activism, especially in Greater Peoria Indivisible and on Twitter.
Cathy has been a Precinct Committeeperson since 2017 & also serves as a State Committee Member for the Arizona Democratic Party. She’s volunteered as a Deputy Registrar and poll observer and worked the 2018 elections processing early ballots. Cathy was elected Chair of LD 21 Dems in November 2018.
Bobbie grew up in a deep blue State graduating from UMass with a degree in Nursing. She worked at Boston area hospitals until joining the Air Force at LUKE AFB. Leaving a democratic state to confront Arizona politics was distressing yet she persisted. She married and raised 3 successful daughters on the Westside where she has lived for 40 years. Somewhere in that timeframe she earned a Master’s degree in Health Care Management and put her health care leadership skills to good use improving outcomes for patients wherever she worked. After the upsetting 2016 election she retired and vowed to commit her skills to Arizona politics. She became a PC and began learning. She was elected Chairperson of LD22 in November 2018.
As the owner-operator of her own corporate and private event planning company, Patti O’Neil has facilitated a variety of events ranging from intimate community gatherings to corporate events with over 8,000 attendees. Her work in event planning required establishing objectives within a given budget and coordinating with a variety of vendors and customers. In the last two years, her passion has shifted to positively affecting our democracy through volunteering on campaigns and with the Legislative District 23 Democrats. In her six months as Vice-Chair, she recruited 31 PCs. Recently, she was recently promoted to chair of LD23 where she’ll continue to focus on flipping a reliably red district by engaging PCs, community members, and supporting local candidates.
Deborah’s role as president of an executive assistant company allows her to be fully submersed in Phoenix metro events and nonprofits. She is also an instructor for the FEMA Community Emergency Response Team training program and a certified trainer for the Department of Homeland Security Stop the Bleed program.
Deborah became involved with Legislative District 24 in early 2017 and quickly organized her precinct and the East region. Deborah accepted the Field Director position on the board in February 2018. Since then, Deborah has implemented a training series to ensure consistent and continuous training for new and seasoned PCs. Deborah enjoys her work on the board, striving to engage and remove barriers for all communities in LD24.
Scott Moore is a life-long Democrat, relocated to Mesa from Iowa. He’s been to lots of Iowa Caucuses, so he can tell you about the first-in-the-country process. He became a Vice-Chair in LD 25 in 2017, served as the office manager for the LD 25 2018 election office, and was elected Chair at the November 2018 LD Reorganization meeting. He attended Iowa State University and cheers for his beloved Cyclones. He lives in Mesa, with his wife Bette, and has a lot of fun being involved in Arizona, Maricopa County, and LD 25 activities. He follows the adage of “Life is full of little victories. Celebrate every one of them.”
Since becoming politically active, Kevin developed a passion for the LD26 community as well as the Young Democrat community. Along with being Chair for LD26, he serves as the Vice President of Maricopa County Young Democrats. Kevin is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at ASU and is a Research Scientist at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale.
With passions both in science and politics, Kevin has led science advocacy events on a local, state, and federal level. Kevin also has a strong passion for science communication. Last year, he was selected to attend a science writing workshop at Pennsylvania State University where he received training on how to effectively communicate science to a general population.
Kevin realizes that we must elect the right people into office in order to advocate for strong evidence-based policies. That is why he has a passion for Democratic Party leadership. When more Democrats are elected up and down the ballot, issues such as climate change, affordable housing, and income inequality will be heard and overcome.
Patrick Brown is the Chair of Legislative District 27. As a lifelong progressive, the events of 2016 encouraged Patrick to leave the academic side of politics and get more involved in the process. This began by getting involved in Legislative District 27 as a Precinct Committeeperson, Social Media Chair, Board Secretary, and now as Chair.
When Patrick isn’t working to get Democrats elected to office, he spends his time volunteering, spending time with family, and playing video games.
Nancy joined Dr. Eric Meyer’s campaign in 2010 where she learned the value of volunteer recruitment, phone banking and knocking on doors for local candidates. In 2012, she became an elected Precinct Committeeperson in Solcito precinct and continued to educate herself on local races. In 2014, she joined the LD28 Executive Board as secretary and in 2016 became the Chair. Nancy’s background in strategic planning became useful as she worked to strengthen the processes necessary to manage the army of volunteers that emerged after 2016. The election of two state representatives in LD28 was an incredible feat and the result of the mobilization of volunteers who knocked over 120,000 doors and phoned and texted thousands of voters. We are poised to work even harder in order to win all three legislative seats in 2020. LD28 is united, strong and focused on talking to voters, raising money and helping candidates up and down-ballot.
Monica is a proud seventh-generation Arizona Native who grew up in Glendale, Arizona. She got her first taste of activism by participating in voter outreach by becoming a voter registrar while at GCC, became involved in MEChA and later served as Vice President.
In 2012, Monica and her husband, Marshall, were both active in his union, AFSCME 2384. It was there that they became involved with several campaigns, including NO on 487, Steve Gallardo, Martin Quezada, and Richard Andrade. This activity brought them to LD29 where they immediately signed up to become appointed PCs. In 2014, Monica was elected as chair and has been re-elected in the following years.
Being a public servant is a role that Monica takes very seriously. She is an active labor member of AZPOA, AFSCME Local 2960, Pride-at-Work Arizona and a is MALF delegate. She serves as a governing board member for the Glendale Elementary School District, treasurer for AzLSBA, and graduated from HLI-West in 2019.
Imelda Ojeda is a social worker, immigrant, and community servant with years of experience working in the social and behavioral health systems. She is a nonprofit professional, an intervention therapist for family reunification cases and is an instructor for the school of social work. Imelda is one of the founding members of Latinx Therapist in Action Network, a network of Latinx mental health practitioners who support the self-determination and dignity of migrant communities. Imelda was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and after completing high school decided to move to Arizona to pursue higher education. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a double Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Administration from Arizona State University. As a Social Worker and public servant, Imelda strives to continue fostering her passion and career in the public sector to address the unique needs of the Southwest population.
Garrick has been an attorney for over 17 years. He first became a Precinct Committeeman in 2017 in LD20. He has sought out training from Wellstone (now Repower) The Arena, PCCC, and the Collective PAC. He was put in charge of finding candidates to run for the house and senate in LD20 for the 2020 election. In 2018 he sought the Democratic nomination for Arizona’s Sixth Congressional District.