Maricopa County Democratic Party Chair Ann Wallack Not Running for Re-Election

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Ann Wallack says she will not run again for county chair of the Dems...

Maricopa County Democratic Party Chair Ann Wallack will not be running for re-election this year when county Dems meet on Saturday, December 8 to elect new officers.

Wallack, who has served as MCDP chair for four years, said she had been thinking about stepping aside for a while. But it sounds like Democrat Paul Penzone's loss to Joe Arpaio in the sheriff's race may have been the deciding factor.

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"Obviously, if I had elected a new sheriff, I would be the happiest woman on earth, and I'd want to stay on," she explained.

"I felt like we had a great candidate," she continued. "And I did just about everything I could, but we ran out of time and money."

Penzone was recruited by Wallack to run, and Wallack made the sheriff's race her priority in this election.

She took some heat for backing Penzone in the Democratic primary over fired Goodyear Police Department flack John Rowan, but despite the gripes of some, there is nothing in the MCDP bylaws requiring a chair to be neutral in a primary.

Read the MCDP bylaws.

As I noted in my election wrap-up, Penzone would have fared better in the general if he had not had a primary challenger, and if Republican-turned-Independent stooge Mike Stauffer had not been on the general election ballot.

Still, it was Arpaio's closest shave to date, with the sheriff securing victory with a mere 50.7 percent of the vote, 1.4 points ahead of the combined totals for both Penzone and Stauffer.

"The third party candidate hurt us, definitely," Wallack said. "The negative campaign commercials on Penzone and [U.S. Senate candidate Rich] Carmona both hurt us. If someone has money to do polls to find out why people voted the way they did in those two races, it would be very interesting to see what factored in to their decision."

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youproductsucks
youproductsucks

Although I don't agree with her politically, I will continue giving her business patronage on a six month rotation.  I am not like those who are like minded to Wallack and believe business can be done with those whom I disagree with politically or religiously or ...

Carmen Aranda-Chavez
Carmen Aranda-Chavez

Sorry to see you leave. I wanted to see Arpio loose as badly as you did.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Good riddance bitch!  One down and plenty more to go.

yzurthemepark
yzurthemepark

 Wallack was an impressively capable leader for her county's party and for the good of the whole state. I am one of the people who gave Wallack support occasionally, but also was on the other side of the Penzone-Rowan primary, even though i actually hundreds of miles away from PHX. Running for Congress this past cycle in CD 4, Maricopa was one of seven counties i had to deal with. I was sure disappointed last week  to learn of her stepping down.It will be hard to get that combination of effort & skills again for free.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

I don't see how I "failed". I participated in the voting process. Not by a "provisional". But by mailing in my ballot. I voted for Penzone, encouraged family and friends to do the same. Yet, we still lost.

 

Kudos to Wallack for being a true warrior against the 80 year old octogenarian coot.

dangelo.diane
dangelo.diane

@annwallack has done a tremendous job in a thankless position. Pressure comes at the county chair from all sides -- grassroots activists, the state party, the DCCC and the DNC. I briefly considered running for chair this summer, but I'm not the right person. Ann has raised the profile of Maricopa Democrats and professionalized the organization. Her acknowledgement of a few missteps shows her integrity (rare in politcal circles). I wish her the very best in her future endeavors.

DonnaDiva
DonnaDiva

@billyscheel @annwallack Very true. Best wishes and support to Ann in whatever she does going forward.

JeffD
JeffD

Wallack is a class act. She and Penzone did their best. Not their fault 50.7% of Marikafka County voters are assholes.

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @Lone_Wolf Of course you lost you dumb ass idiot. Penzone would have been a disaster, can't you see that?  You think that he should have won just you and your idiot friends mailed a provisional ballot?  Oh I see, because you mailed a ballot and also went to a polling place to vote, right?  All the fraudulent ballots were discovered and tossed out so that's why he lost.  In other words, Adios Penzone!

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