Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Contact: DNC Press
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE LAUNCHING VICTORY LEADERS COUNCIL IN
Democrats Are Building Infrastructure to Expand the Electoral Map This Cycle and Beyond; Arizona Announcement follows Utah and GeorgiaLast week, the Democratic National Committee announced the launch of its state-based Victory Leaders Council (VLC) program. Today, Arizona becomes the third state program, following Georgia and Utah. Councils will exist in red and blue states that have not been contested in recent presidential elections. The goal of the councils is to help elect Hillary Clinton and win down ballot elections this cycle and beyond.
Each Victory Leaders Council will include prominent individuals and elected officials but depend on grassroots activists who put elbow grease into electing Democrats up and down the ballot. They will expand our ground capacity in each state, helping to deliver votes and volunteers to Hillary Clinton and down-ballot Democrats at every level of the ticket. These structures will live on beyond Election Day to help Democrats win in mid-term elections, flip Republican majorities, and to help President Hillary Clinton enact her policy agenda.
Victory Leaders Councils will be volunteer-led and driven but will work closely with each Hillary For America state director as well as the executive directors and chairs of each state party. The VLC program will be overseen by the Democratic National Committee’s field team and each VLC leader will have a designated liaison at the DNC. Victory Leaders Councils will not only keep stakeholders engaged through regular meetings but will also organize door-to-door canvasses, phone banks, and Get-Out-The-Vote efforts in each state.
“We are committed to winning up and down the ticket from the White House to the state houses,” said Donna Brazile, interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. “We are building on the momentum of our hugely successful convention, where we passed the most progressive platform in history that would do the most good for the most families. There is a stark choice for voters to make in this election, and Democrats have a historic opportunity and responsibility to help voters see that choice clearly. The Victory Leaders Councils are one more way that Democrats are investing in all 50 states.”
“Democrats are competing across the country and building for the future,” saidBrandon Davis, Chief of Staff at the Democratic National Committee. “In states from Georgia to Arizona, demographics and politics are changing quickly -- and Democrats are making the investments to make gains now so that we can take majorities later. We are mobilizing voters across the country to elect more Democrats and to deliver on the policies being driven by the Clinton-Kaine ticket and Democrats at every level of the ballot. In the meantime, the Republicans are pursuing outdated policies that have failed hard working families and our communities.”
Adam Parkhomenko, the DNC’s National Field Director, will be overseeing the Victory Leaders Council program at the DNC.
"Arizonans are problem solvers, and Arizonans are ready for leaders who will bring people together to tackle our shared challenges. We are excited to be a part of a great team building the foundation for what it will take to win in 2016 and beyond," said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and former NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly (USN, Ret).
“I'm incredibly excited to be a part of the Arizona Victory Leaders Council and work to get Hillary Clinton elected as President. She is the only candidate that can effectively address the issues facing Native Americans, so we need to get out and vote in record numbers this year,” said Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor of the Gila River Indian Tribal Community.
“Hillary Clinton has a plan to lift small businesses all across Arizona, and strengthen our economy. I'm incredibly proud to be a part of the team working to elect her as our next president,” said Tania Torres, Community Activist.
Below is the Victory Leaders Council roster for Arizona. Victory Leaders Councils are still in formation and additional members may be added on a rolling basis.
ARIZONA VICTORY LEADERS COUNCIL (in formation, additional members may be added)
Alexander Seth Benezra
Mark A. Cardenas
Junelle Cavero Harnal
Guadalupe "Lupe" Contreras
Debbie McCune Davis
Jose "Diego" Espinoza
Charlene R. Fernandez
Randall "Randy" Friese
Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords
Samuel "Terry" Goddard
Alejandra (Alex) Gomez
John V Gomez
Sally Ann Gonzales
Kathleen "Katie" Hobbs
Matthew A. Kopec
Stephen Roe Lewis
Megan M McPherson
Margaret "Lynne" Pancrazi
Erin "Celeste" Plumlee
Mary Ellen Simonson