Reginald Bolding

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Non-incumbent

Background

Reginald Bolding is a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, and has been serving Arizona’s District 27 since January 5, 2015. He attended the University of Cincinnati from 2004-2008 as a first generation college graduate, earning an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and International Studies [2]. He now serves as the ranking member of the Arizona House of Representatives Education Committee. He also sits on the Ways & Means Committee. Bolding first became interested in politics after meeting President Barack Obama, and he became an organizer for the Obama campaign. He then became a Special Education math teacher in an underserved Arizona neighborhood. Bolding is the founder of the largest Black-led voting rights and community engagement organization in Arizona [1]. At the age of 28, Reginald Bolding was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives to represent downtown Phoenix, South Phoenix, Laveen, Tempe, and the Gila River Indian Community [2]. Bolding is the founder and Co-Executive Director at Our Voice, Our Vote – Arizona (OVOV) and the Arizona Coalition for Change (C4C) [3]. Bolding and his wife Cymone live in the South Mountain/Laveen community in Arizona [2].

Key Issues

Veterans Affairs

Bolding helped launch Veterans Reach to Teach in 2016. This initiative gives veterans the opportunity to serve as teachers in Arizona classrooms [2].

Education

While serving Arizona as a teacher, Bolding saw an education system in which students of color and those who came from low-income households and communities were systematically disadvantaged. He wants to implement policy to combat these issues in Arizona communities [4].

Community

Bolding sits on the boards at The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Leading for Change, and The State of Black Arizona. He aims to make a difference in these community-based organizations [2].

Criminal Justice

Bolding led a criminal justice reform agenda to introduce bills requiring that law enforcement officers wear cameras while serving. He also aims to implement sentencing reform and reduce private prison contracts [2].

Power Building Groups

Bolding launched Our Voice, Our Vote – Arizona (OVOV) and the Arizona Coalition for Change (C4C). These groups have taken measures to increase minimum wage in Arizona, and provide $300 million in school funding [4].

Women’s Rights

Bolding’s power building groups aided in the election for the first woman United States Senator in Arizona’s history (Kyrsten Sinema) [4].

Post-Secondary Education

Bolding wants to introduce legislation to create tuition free higher education options and is working to develop job training programs for those who choose not to attend college or university options [2].

Endorsements

Friends of Reginald Bolding, UFCW Local 99, LUCHA – Living United for Change in Arizona, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Congressman Ron Barber, Way to Lead PAC

Sources

1 ReginalBolding
2 AzLeg
3 OpenStates
4 OurVoiceOurVote