DAVID COWARD, CHAIR
David has been involved with politics since working in the phone bank for the Mc Govern campaign. He moved to Arizona in 2005 from the blue side of Washington State. He has been active in Pinal County Democratic politics since moving here and has been campaign treasurer for five candidates over the past several election cycles. David is an elected Precinct Committee person and head of the Northern Pinal County Democrats. He has a BS Ed and an MBA. He worked the majority of his working life in the aerospace industry.
CAROL HOWERTON, IST VICE CHAIR
I was born and raised in Southern California to a working class family. Our family moved to Arizona in 1972 due to my father’s health, since he didn’t have health insurance and he couldn’t obtain insurance due to having had a heart attack. I became the first in our family to go to college and attended ASU.
I understand the hardships that families and seniors are having to endure today with under-employment, unemployment, the high cost of college tuition, crushing student loans and stagnant incomes. Helping people in financial distress has been my passion for over 10 years and I regularly teach financial workshops in the Phoenix area.
Dennis and I moved to Flagstaff in 2004 when he retired and relocated to Maricopa in 2009. I enjoy cooking and gardening and became a Pinal County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener in 2011.
VIRGINIA RIVERA, 2ND VICE CHAIR
My name is Virginia Rivera and I was born in Oklahoma. I come from a family of farmers in Okla. and miners in Az. I have lived in Pinal County most of my life. My father and husband were Veterans of World War II and Vietnam. My son and daughter are third generation employees of U.S. Dept. of Justice, preceded by my father and husband. I recently retired after 30 years with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture as a Rural Development Specialist. I served the rural citizens in the counties of Maricopa, Pinal, Pima and Native American lands located with in. I offered them Federal Programs to improve their lives.In 1996, I was invited to the White House to attend a briefing on issues of importance to my State and Hispanic Community. I attended the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.Five years ago, I had an accident that derailed me for some time but now I am back to try and help my community. Since my retirement I bought a Historical home in Florence that I have enjoyed fixing up. I'm proud to belong to the Democratic Party, whom I believe is the only party that practices Core Democratic Values.
CONSTANCE JACKSON, SECRETARY
A native of Great Falls Montana, I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I lived in Baltimore Maryland, where I raised four children. I’m the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The joy in my life is spending time with my children and grand’s. I enjoy sports, the great outdoors, traveling, and bowling.
DEBBIE NOVOTNY, TREASURER
TOM BEAN, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COORDINATOR