Alexis Tameron was elected Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party on Saturday, making her the first woman and the first Latina ever elected to that position. Tameron has extensive political experience including serving as Congressman Harry Mitchell’s Chief of Staff and managing Dr. Richard Carmona’s U.S. Senate race in 2012. She has also served as the ADP’s first vice chairperson for the past two years and is a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee.
“My priorities as party chair are to consistently advocate for our party’s progressive values, increase our engagement and mobilization statewide with more aggressive digital and social media outreach and expand our fundraising base to leave us less exposed to the effects of “Dark Money” in our elections,” said Tameron.
Tameron, who is 39-years-old and resides in Tempe, is a governmental affairs professional for a Tempe-based technology company.
Bill Roe of Tucson, who most recently served as the party chair, will continue his service to the Arizona Democratic Party as he was elected to serve as the party’s First Vice Chair.
The Arizona Democratic Party also elected a demographically and geographically diverse executive board. They include:
- Senior Vice Chairwoman Holly Lyon, who resides in SaddleBrooke in Pinal County. Holly is a retired Air Force Colonel.
- Vice Chairwomen Jordan Hibbs of Scottsdale, Kristie O’Brien of Chandler and Emily Verdugo of Tucson. All three women are forty-years-old or younger.
- Vice Chairmen Doug Ballard of Flagstaff, Jeff Rogers of Tucson and Aaron Marquez of Phoenix. Marquez, a veteran, is a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.
- Secretary Anne Greenberg of Phoenix
- Treasurer Rick McGuire of Phoenix was re-elected
- Education Coordinator Dr. Janie Hydrick of Chandler was re-elected
- Affirmative Action Moderator Adrian Fontes of Phoenix
The men and women elected as party officers bring diversity and extensive personal political experience. Of the thirteen offices elected on Saturday, seven are held by women, four are Latino, five are forty-years-old and younger, three are veterans and one is a member of the LGBT community. Six have also been candidates for office.
The Arizona Democratic Party has a long history of women being involved dating back to Isabella Greenway. Greenway was elected Arizona’s sole representative in Congress in 1932 and previously was the state’s National Committeewoman beginning in 1928.