I realized a long time ago that in order to see improvements on issues that are important to so many of us like the environment, gun control, equity, and more, we have to change the electoral and political systems that uphold the status quo. I believe RCV is a positive solution that will lead to a more diverse pool of candidates, provide for greater accountability, and reduce negative rhetoric. I am excited to be a part of this effort here in Arizona.
Too many examples to list of elected officials not doing what most voters want, which is the essence of democracy. RCV will ensure the person winning an election is supported by the majority, and therefore more likely to value their best interests.
Donna has over 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector, devoting most of her time to organizations that focus on youth, education and workforce development. Donna spent 23 years traveling the world as a military spouse and arrived in Phoenix in 1990 from Yemen. She worked at the American Embassy in Sana’a Yemen as the Community Liaison Officer and was awarded a Meritorious Honor Award for improving post morale and quality of life.
Donna holds a bachelor’s degree in health education from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. She is a member of the Governor’s Commission for Service and Volunteerism, served on the Arizona state PTA Board, is a graduate of Leadership West, Class 3 and was a member of Project CENTRL class 29. Donna and her husband of 48 years, Jeff, are the proud parents of 3 children and even prouder grandparents of 6.
I’ve been in favor of RCV since I was in high school. Back then, I thought the adults were going to figure things out and implement such an important reform sooner, rather than later. Over a decade later, I was making thousands of calls to encourage people to vote and get them registered to vote. The level of voter apathy and the number of folks that didn’t want to have to vote AGAINST a candidate or party for yet another election reminded me that we’ll continue to feel alienated by our political system until we can improve our elections to have a system that actually represents the people voting and to a system where everyone feels like they can vote their conscience and vote FOR their issues and candidates.
Blake believes that good people run for office and get corrupted by a bad system. The only way to ensure that our government works for everyone is to improve the system. Ranked Choice Voting is a small change that will have a powerful impact by ensuring that the people of Arizona have more choice and more voice in our elections.
I believe in ranked choice voting as a process and in how it will foster positive outcomes for our state. Our current system has caused deep division, vitriolic rhetoric, and extreme distrust in our elected officials and with one another. After countless arguments with friends, coworkers, and perfect strangers both in-person and online, I realized that partisan discourse did not provide the solutions I was looking for. When the concept of RCV was introduced to me it was clear to me that it embodied inclusion, action, and more choice for everyone involved. I made the decision to focus my talents on making this a reality for Arizona, found VCAZ and I haven’t looked back.