HENRY WADE, CHAIR
Henry is an Air Force Veteran who moved to Arizona in 1980. He retired in 1993 and is the owner/broker of Northstar Homes LLC. He also co-owns NID-Housing Counseling Agency – Phoenix and is a certified housing counselor. He began his community activism while in the Air Force as the Chair of several Affirmative Action and Cultural Awareness Associations. Henry is the founder and current President of the Arizona Association of Real Estate Brokers and Chair of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers Political Action Committee (REALTIST® NATPAC). He resides in Maricopa and is the Vice-Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Henrys’ quote for life is, “If you want to be taken seriously, you have to be serious”.
BARBARA KELLY, IST VICE CHAIRBarbara was raised in Massachusetts until 1974 when her family decided to move to Arizona.She has been working for Pinal County since 1977.
Barbara feels it's important to let people know how much their vote matters in every election. "Many races have been won or lost by a few votes. Remember we are all important to the political process, no voice goes un-heard unless it is silent."
Phone: 520 868-4291
EMILY VERDUGO, 2ND VICE CHAIREmily Verdugo is a native Arizonan and a resident of Pinal County since 1992. Since childhood, Emily had a deep interest in the political process. At the age of 24, Emily was appointed to a vacant city council seat in the City of Coolidge and has then been actively involved in electing Democrats to office in Arizona. She has served on several boards and commissions, is a member of various organizations and a graduate of the HLI-Pinal Leadership Institute, a fellow of the Center for Progressive Leadership Arizona Political Leaders Fellowship and a 2010 award recipient of Chicanos Por La Causa 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40.
Emily has undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science and an MPA with an emphasis in Government & Public Policy. Emily works as a Workforce Development Specialist and resides in Coolidge with her two children, Court & Jackson.
"All of us -– we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations." President Barack Obama
|BARRY MC CAIN, SECRETARY |
I am a life long Arizonan and labor union activist, trained by and lobby for AFCME, A.B.I.L.E., the Christopher Reeve Foundation and for Pinal Partnership. I'm currently serving on the Water Resource and Transportation/Infrastructure Committee. I was a proud delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
DAVID COWARD, TREASURER
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.
HOLLY LYON, EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Retired out of the Pentagon, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, as a Colonel after 26 years as a communications and information technology leader. Career included US and NATO program management, two diverse instructor assignments, and two commands, and earned Joint Officer qualification. Worked on Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security contract proposals for industry, after retirement. Actively in all levels of national Democratic politics while enjoying retirement in SaddleBrooke.
AUDRA ANTON, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COORDINATOR
BARB NJOS, ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR
Barb retired from AT&T about 14 years ago. She and her husband Maynard live in Apache Junction and spend their summers in Minnesota. They both contribute their time to Habitat for Humanity.
MARY DESIO, VAN COORDINATOR
I was born and raised in Minnesota, spent two years in the Navy, and went back home to raise my kids. I liked the blue politics, but not the blue lips, so 12 years ago we moved to Arizona. Now I'm trying to turn this state as blue as Minnesota - but without the cold weather.