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September 2022

Our September update
Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter! This month’s issue features voting resources, our 2023 New Arizona Fellows, highlights from our recent work, and more! 

Arizona Voters’ Agenda: Stay Tuned for New Insights Next Week! 

With all statewide offices and the entire legislature on the ballot, Arizona’s 2022 midterm election is consequential to Arizona’s future, and it is critical to center the voices of Arizonans and their priorities in the dialogue. As we near the General Election, Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) conducted a second Arizona Voters’ Agenda survey of likely voters of all ages and political affiliations to build on findings and understanding developed from the initial survey conducted earlier this year.   

The latest Arizona Voters’ Agenda survey followed up on voters’ views on elections, surplus spending, and expanded understanding of voters’ priorities in water & environment and affordable housing. The findings will be released in consecutive announcements next week – keep an eye on your inbox!  

In the meantime, get caught up with the Arizona Voters’ Agenda:    

Spread the Word, Increase Voter Education  

Election Day is less than two months away, and early voting begins in a few weeks. Share key information with your networks to help more Arizonans prepare & get ready to vote.  

Important Dates 
  • Oct. 11 - The last day to register to vote  
  • Oct. 12 - Mail-in ballots are sent out, and early voting begins  
  • Oct. 28 - The last day to request a ballot by mail  
  • Nov. 1 - Deadline to postmark mail-in ballots
  • Nov. 8 - Election Day! Polls will be open 6 am to 7 pm 
Bookmark this web page to reference the full list of key dates and Voting FAQ!  

Candidate Debates 

Thanks to Arizona’s Citizens’ Clean Elections Commission, there will be a series of debates for several statewide and federal offices on Arizona PBS. Debates for Legislative Districts and more will be available online. 
Encourage Arizonans to Participate 

Share with your networks resources & reminders to register to vote and update voter registration.  

Pro tip: Updating voter registration after moving, a name change, or changes in party preference is crucial to ensuring each voter receives the proper ballot.  

There are many helpful resources to share:  

Meet the New Arizona Fellows at New America  
Class of 2023 New Arizona Fellows part of prestigious New America Fellows Program and supported by CFA

In partnership with the national New America Fellows Program, CFA is proud to announce its support of three innovative individuals who will seek to enrich our community through research, big thinking, and innovative ideas and who represent the local Class of 2023 New Arizona Fellows.  

The New America Fellows Program supports changemakers—journalists, educators, filmmakers, and researchers working to shape the conversation on the critical issues of today. New America’s entire
Class of 2023 includes a total of 15 talented individuals who will pursue book, film, and multimedia projects on a wide range of subjects, including the rise of global cryptocurrency, the origins of global mental health, the civil rights movement, wealth inequality, endangered languages, and more.  

CFA proudly selects and supports the New Arizona Fellows whose work has the potential to provide insights into and foster productive conversations around issues of importance to Arizona. We are excited to welcome and congratulate this year’s New Arizona Fellows, Emily Kassie, Ross Perlin, and Albert Samaha, on this immense accomplishment. Their innovative research will explore topics that are relevant and important to Arizona, and we look forward to sharing their projects and ideas with the community. 

Read more and meet the 2023 New Arizona Fellows


CFA listens to Arizonans to learn what matters most to them, shares trusted data about how Arizona is doing in those priority areas, brings critical issues to public attention, and works with communities and leaders to solve public problems. All of our work is to ensure that the public values we share are realized for all Arizonans by shaping and advancing The Arizona We Want. To do this, it is mission-critical to continuously engage with our partners, community members, and all the Arizonans we serve – here’s a peek at some highlights from our work in September: 

Proud Partner of the League of Arizona Cities & Towns Annual Conference

  At the end of August, CFA hosted our sixth annual pre-conference session to kick off the League of Arizona Cities and Towns (LACT) Annual Conference. It was an enriching half-day of discussion and learning with many leaders who serve Arizonans throughout the state.
During the session, CFA Executive VP Dr. Amanda Burke shared new data from the Arizona Voters’ Agenda, leaders from towns across the state provided a thought-provoking panel discussion, and attendees practiced data-driven conversations and decision-making. Special thanks to Sintra Hoffman of Westmarc, Mayor Corey Woods of Tempe, Mayor Mila Besich of the Town of Superior, Sandy Moriarty of Sedona, and Mayor Eric Orsborn of Buckeye.
Later in the week, CFA President & CEO, Dr. Sybil Francis, shared insights from the Arizona Voters’ Agenda and discussed centering the voices of Arizonans in elections with LACT conference attendees.  
Celebrating Valle del Sol’s Profiles of Success 
  On Sept. 9, CFA sponsored and attended Valle Del Sol’s annual Profiles of Success Hispanic Leadership Awards luncheon to celebrate champions of Latino Leadership alongside many community leaders, advocates, and community servants who strengthen our communities and state. During the event, CFA’s Employee Spotlight recognized Civic Health Initiatives Project Manager, Madison Rock (pictured left) for the dedication and leadership she brings to her work and the Arizona community every single day.  

CFA’s Arizona Pathways to Prosperity Hosted Student Voices Focus Groups with Westwood High School  
In collaboration with Westwood High School in Mesa, CFA’s Arizona Pathways to Prosperity (APTP) team hosted focus groups with hundreds of high school students to better understand how their current education is shaping their future and their perspectives of pathways to higher education and careers.  
With a simple goal to listen to student voices, the data collected from these focus groups, and others on the horizon, will inform APTP’s efforts. Our team will be collecting more data from high school and community college students around Arizona, and after all the data is analyzed, the findings will be shared with our partners, schools, and the public. Stay tuned! 

Schools & Districts Around the State Kick-off Journey with the Arizona Personalized Learning Network


  Earlier this week, 170 school and district leaders and teachers from across the state came together to kick off their journey to implement personalized learning at their schools through our Arizona Personalized Learning Network Launch!
Learn more about Arizona Personalized Learning and how to bring the innovative approach to student-centered learning to your school or district.

Opinion via Queen Creek Sun Times: Part of instilling citizenship in students is reinforcing importance of civic responsibility 

Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry shares that through a district-wide Participatory Budgeting program, QCUSD empowers students to engage in their own form of civic responsibility as they research, propose and ultimately vote on improvement projects. In partnership with Center for the Future of Arizona, this civic engagement program is designed to inspire students to participate in civic life for the long-term. 

Read more.

Recent News & Opinion: Arizona Voters’ Agenda

Arizona Capitol Times  

In her latest op-ed, CFA President & CEO, Dr. Sybil Francis, discusses retiring the political campaign “pivot,” and potential alternatives to running elections in order to encourage and reward candidates who appeal to what most Arizonans want from their elected leaders. 

Read the op-ed.

The Think Tank with Mike O-Neil  

CFA President & CEO Dr. Sybil Francis and Paul Bentz of HighGround recently joined KTAR’s Mike O'Neil to discuss the intricacies of voter consensus, where Arizona voters land on issues like immigration, and more.

Listen to the episode.

Data Snapshot: Securing Our Water Future 

Why it matters: Very few things in politics achieve unanimous support, but the issues of addressing Arizona’s water future and tackling drought come very close.    

Virtually all voters are concerned about water, and this was the case long before recent news that the Colorado River is hitting dangerous lows and our state leaders will be required to further cut water use by 21%.  

Our historic 23-year drought is leading to real questions and concerns for Arizona’s future. It’s certainly a complex topic, but Arizonans have made it clear that they want their candidates to have a plan.  

Learn more about the Arizona Voters’ Agenda and the questions that need addressing to help voters elect leaders aligned with their priorities this election.   
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