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

I'm constantly amazed at people who kvetch long and loudly about what the Dems are doing or not doing, when they can directly affect what the party does by joining it and participating in this little thing called democracy.

Keep in mind that the party chair position is unpaid, as are the other county officer positions.

Wallack, a businesswoman who co-owns the running supply store Runners Den and who has run for state Senate in the past, says the county gig turned out to be "pretty much full time," but that it doesn't necessarily have to be all-consuming.

"I'm sure other people could probably inspire enough people to help," she stated. "So that they don't have to spend all of their time doing it."

One person giving some serious thought to running for the position is Laura Copple, a Scottsdale piano teacher and former chair of the old Legislative District 8, who spent this election working as a field organizer for the Democratic Party.

When I spoke with her this afternoon, she would only say that she's considering running for the position, but that she's "not 100 percent," as the job would be a "big commitment."

An understatement, to be sure. I admire people who step up to the plate and are willing to serve in these often thankless positions.

Like Wallack, who has suffered some serious slings and arrows during this election.

Contrary to how her detractors have depicted her, I've found Wallack to be an honest and unselfish warrior, one who genuinely wanted to defeat Arpaio and worked hard at electing Penzone.

Yes, she was unsuccessful.

But so were we all, my friends. So were we all.

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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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