Adrian Fontes on Taking Over as Maricopa County Recorder

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By: Cindy G. Castillo

The Maricopa Region Recorder’s Office rates a new face to its management– Adrian Fontes.

A newbie when it pertains to politics, Fontes beat Republican Helen Purcell throughout November’s elections, continually leading by more compared to 13,000 ballots. With this win, Fontes has also become the very first Democrat chosen to the workplace in the past HALF A CENTURY.

“I feel very lucky that I didn’t have to do it alone,” Fontes informs, “I had a fantastic group around me and also we had the very best interest of the voters and I assume they recognized that.”

Fontes announced his candidateship for Maricopa Region Recorder back in March, a day after the state’s presidential-preference election. This election left countless voters outraged over the decision by Purcell’s office to cut ballot places in the county from 200 in 2012 to only 60. Some citizens waited in line for up to 5 hours to cast their tallies.

With this in mind, Fontes recognizes he will certainly be held accountable by the neighborhood on just what takes place in future political elections. “I think we now keep in our hands individuals’s count on– they’re mosting likely to be viewing exactly what we do,” he claimed, “and also I value that since that will continuously motivate me to perform in the highest possible level that I can.”

With such a big adjustment taking place in workplace, Fontes wishes to share a fresh brand-new perspective. “I desire to make certain we have the appropriate perspective in workplace,” he stated, “as for that goes, what that means to me is that I want to ensure that everybody recognizes that the workplace exists to serve the voter, not vice versa. That we are assisting the voters, as well as that the voters are that we help.”

Fontes provided a statement after his November win, thanking Purcell for her years of service to the county and also for the “ethical means she conducted herself” in her project.

“Ours was a contest of issues, concepts as well as performance,” he wrote, “and should function as an instance for all campaigns conducted in Arizona. I waiting to dealing with Mrs. Purcell and also her team at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office as we removal into the shift.”

When it involves projects in our state, he highlighted the successful initiatives by neighborhood leaders to obtain the Latino neighborhood out as well as voting, but desires to worry the relevance of maintaining that energy going year-long.

“Unless we as Latinos take notice of our civil liberties and also strive during the off cycles, we might shed ground that we’ve just recently gained,” he clarifies, “I’m really hopeful that individuals will certainly pay focus to those things and remain to strive to obtain Latinos engaged.”

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