Adrian Fontes

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Adrian Fontes is a democratic candidate for Secretary of State. He attended Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, graduating in 2000, and Arizona State University, graduating in 1998. Fontes enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and was on active duty from 1992 to 1996 [1]. In 2016, Fontes decided to run for Maricopa County Recorder, and became the first Democrat to hold this position in over 50 years. He also became the first Latino to hold an office in Arizona’s largest county [1]. He is a critic of the Senate’s effort to recount Maricopa County ballots and redictrict voting [2]. As County Recorder, Fontes has focused on rebuilding public trust in the Maricopa County election system. He wants to encourage all Maricopa County residents to vote, and wants to help ensure that all votes are fairly counted [3]. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Fontes worked to set up election infrastructure that led to a record turnout for the 2020 election, making Maricopa County the second-largest voting jurisdiction in the country [1].

Key Issues

Elections

Fontes wants to establish better and more easily accessible voting infrastructure to encourage citizens within Maricopa County to vote in all elections in which they are eligible to have a voice [1].

Fontes wants to work to make sure that all ballots are counted in every election [3].

Government

Fontes believes that anti-democratic forces are fueling conspiracy theories and undermining public faith in the electoral process, and he wants to make a difference in these issues [1].

Politics

Fontes does not believe that Maricopa County should be subject to redistricting and does not believe that ballots in Maricopa County from the 2020 election should be recounted [2].

Community

Fontes encourages students and younger individuals to take on political activism and make their voices heard by talking to their friends and families about the preservation of democracy in society [4].

Endorsements

Fontes for AZ, Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Marlene Woods, former member of the Flagstaff City Council Mel Hannah, Former State Representative Steve Farley, David Lucier, VoteVets , Latino Victory Fund, Carpenters Local 1912, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Communications Workers of America, Roadmap for Progress

Sources

1 Elect Fontes 
2 AZ Central
3 New Deal Leaders
4 State Press