What is the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD)?

This is a community college school district that consists of ten schools in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Most of these schools, currently, have athletic programs. The district has 13 women’s sports and 14 men’s sports. 

What is the MCCCD Governing Board?

These are elected officials that oversee the operations of the entire MCCCD. They are responsible for hiring the Chancellor and they have a huge say in decisions, especially financial, that are made in MCCCD. 

The MCCCD Governing Board members come from five districts in Maricopa County and there are two At Large candidates that represent the entire county, for a total of seven board members. You can only vote for a district representative and an At Large candidate. For example, if you live in Surprise you’re in District 4, so you could vote for our district candidate, Stan Arterberry, as well as vote for Roc Arnett (everyone in Maricopa can vote for Roc.) On November 6th residents of Maricopa County can vote on four of the positions:

  • District 3: Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Desert Hills, Anthem, New River
    MARIE SULLIVAN is the candidate we endorse for District 3.
  • District 4: Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City, Sun City West, Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Youngtown, Wickenburg
    STAN ARTERBERRY is the candidate we endorse for District 4.
  • District 5: Avondale, Buckeye, parts of Phoenix & Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Tolleson, Gila Bend
    TOM NERINI is unopposed and is the candidate we endorse in District 5. (He’s IN!)
  • At Large: All of Maricopa County
    ROC ARNETT is the candidate we endorse for the At Large position.
  • The other three positions do not come up for election until 2020: District 1 & 2, and the other At Large spot. The current At Large board member is Linda Thor who is a huge advocate for students and athletes. So everyone who lives in the east valley (D1 & D2) can only vote for Roc Arnett.

We like our chances of Saving Athletics in Maricopa County, and by extension, in Arizona if we can get three of these four candidates elected. Since Nerini is unopposed, we need to focus our efforts on the other three individuals.

What can you do to Save Athletics in MCCCD?

There are several steps that each citizen can take to Save Athletics in MCCCD:

1. Make sure you’re registered to vote. Get your family/friends registered to vote. The last day to register is Oct. 9, 2018 for the Nov. 6th election. If someone turns 18 by Nov. 6th they can register and vote. https://servicearizona.com/voterRegistration?popular.click

2. Vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6th for our candidates. Our candidates are “down ballot.” In other words, you need to look for them on the ballot. They won’t be near the top of the ballot. 

3. Pass the word to all your family/friends. Name recognition is the key. Use your candidate(s) names (“In District 3 you can vote for Marie Sullivan and Roc Arnett”) when speaking to voters:

  • Go through your phone and tell everyone you know what is going on; our athletic programs are in jeopardy. Have family/friends go through their phones.
  • Get on Social Media, like and share posts related to this issue. We’re confident the vote will go our way if people realize what’s going on.
  • We have cards with all of our candidates’ names. Message Joe Kersting on Facebook and he can get you cards to pass out at your children’s sporting events, at sports bars, at the barber shop, or to your friends/family.

4. Go to the candidates’ websites, listed previously, and request a yard sign with their name on it.

5. Make a $10 donation to FOMPAC.org then click Contribute. All contributions go directly to our candidates. Your $10 can make a difference. Your communicating with voters can make a difference.