Adrian Fontes, the first Latino countywide elected official in Maricopa County, has worked tirelessly against voter suppression by making voting more accessible, transparent, and secure for all voters.
He was the Maricopa County Recorder from 2017 to 2021. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the violent insurrections at both the Maricopa Recorder’s office and at our Nation’s Capital, Adrian’s administration set up an elections infrastructure that led to record voter turnout in 2020.
Adrian and his team improved a mail-in voting system, implemented a text message ballot tracking system for voters, installed 24/7 internet cameras in the ballot tabulation center, and vastly increased in-person voting access by safely executing COVID-19 protocols with expanded venues in conjunction with health experts.
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He is running in the Democratic primary against Rep. Reginald Bolding (D-LD27).
An Arizona native, born and raised in the border town of Nogales, Adrian served in the USMC, a proud father of three daughters, a graduate of both Arizona State and Denver University Law. Most impressive, however, is his part-time mariachi hobby.
After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, Adrian returned to receive his Bachelor’s degree from ASU before continuing to the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. After law school, he was a prosecutor in Colorado, Maricopa County, and the Arizona Attorney General’s office.