A Conversation with Arizona's Adrian Fontes and F. Ann Rodriguez

Join us for a conversation with Adrian Fontes, Arizona’s Maricopa County Recorder (Phoenix), and F. Ann Rodriguez, Pima County Recorder (Tucson). We’ll learn more about how elections are being conducted in Arizona’s two biggest counties and the issues that are driving Arizonans to the polls.

Fontes is “committed to fighting for every eligible person’s right to vote, even if this makes him a target for those who want to suppress the vote in Arizona.” He knows that “standing up for voting rights is the right thing to do.” 

See how Maricopa County the second largest voting county in the US(!) has improved accessibility and security of the vote since Frontes’s 2016 election. During these challenging times of Covid, how is Fontes protecting the rights of every eligible Maricopa County voter at home or abroad and ensuring that all ballots will be counted?  

Fontes’s priorities in his first term have been:

  • Engaging voters

"I’ve made it a point to engage the next generation of voters and those typically disenfranchised. By integrating better designed digital platforms and outreach channels we’ve been able to increase voter participation for all parties."

  • Accountability and transparency

"I’ve ensured ALL voters’ voices are heard, and guarantee that Arizona will never backslide into the old days of voter suppression, zero outreach to voters, and complete the lack of transparency."

  • Security

"My office established security measures to keep our elections and votes safe from fraud or outside tampering. Having a more robust and secure election system improves our security profile against any foreign actors and m/disinformation."

Fontes is an Arizona native and US Marine Corps veteran. He practiced law for 15 years prior to taking public office. In 2016, he defeated the Republican incumbent in a close race for Maricopa County Recorder, and is up for re-election this year.




During her seven terms as Pima County Recorder, F. Ann Rodriguez has:

During her seven terms as Pima County Recorder, F. Ann Rodriguez has: 

  • significantly automated and modernized the Pima County Recorder’s office
  • broadened the exposure to vote-by-mail and walk-in early voting with aggressive media campaigns
  • expanded satellite voting sites 
  • in 2008, implemented the Permanent Early Voting List provision to allow any registered voter in Pima County to sign up to receive vote-by-mail ballots for all elections

A Tucson native, F. Ann Rodriguez was the first ever Hispanic female to be elected to a countywide office in Pima County. Because of her outstanding efforts to increase voter participation, she received special recognition awards from Governor Janet Napolitano, the Tucson Chapter of the League of Women Voters, the League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC), and the NAACP. In 2004, she was inducted into the Arizona Democratic Party Hall of Fame. 

F. Ann hails from a long-established Arizona family, and worked in her family-owned business prior to her election. She is not running for re-election.



(The 2020 Democratic nominee for Pima County Recorder is Gabriella Cazares-Kelly, a member of the Tohono O’odham tribal community.)

October 08, 2020 at 5pm - 6:30pm Berlin Time
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