- We are LD25 Democrats.
Which begs the question: What's an LD?
"LD" stands for Legislative District, a geographic area determined by the U.S. Census. You may have heard of "redistricting." This is the process where those geographic areas are drawn/amended based on new Census figures. That process identifies LDs.
What purpose does it serve?
State legislative districts (SLD) are areas from which members are elected to state (or equivalent entity) legislatures. State legislative districts embody the upper (senate—SLDU) and lower (house—SLDL) chambers of the state legislatures.
In other words, our legislative districts mark where OUR population lies and the path to electing those who represent us in the Arizona State House and Arizona Senate, to be voted on by citizens within that district.
When someone says, "Contact your representatives," whom do I contact? Who represents me in our LD?
LD25 Arizona House of Representatives:
Russel "Rusty" Bowers - Speaker (Republican) | Email: RBOWERS | (602) 926-3128 (next election: 2022)
Michelle Udall (Republican) | Email: MUDALL | (602) 926-4856 (next election: 2022)
LD25 Arizona Senate Member:
Tyler Pace (Republican) | Email: TPACE | (602) 926-5760
Why don't any Democrats represent me in LD25?
Good question! The answer: WE THE PEOPLE must vote them in, and that's where voting down-ballot matters. In the 2020 election, we had a large group of outstanding Democratic candidates running for these and other offices (including state and county seats). YOU help candidates like them win by learning about them, donating to their campaigns, canvassing, phonebanking, texting, talking with your neighbors about them and placing signs, becoming a Precinct Committeeperson, voluntering in LD25, and, when we've got them on the ballot - voting for them! Enough votes means they win!
You also can donate to LD25 Democrats, an organization that helps you learn about candidates, assembles strategies so that candidates and measures can win, and keeps you and other neighbors informed about what's happening and what can be done. Learn how you can get involved with us!
What if I'm not in LD25?:
Now, what about Congressional Districts? I've heard of those, but what are they?
Congressional Districts are geographic areas (like legislative districts), only larger. Congressional districts are the 435 areas from which members are elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
After the apportionment of congressional seats among the states, based on decennial (10-year) census population counts, each state with multiple seats is responsible for establishing congressional districts for the purpose of electing representatives. Each congressional district is to be as equal in population to all other congressional districts in a state as practicable. The boundaries and numbers shown for the congressional districts are those specified in the state laws or court orders establishing the districts within each state.
So - you reside in a precinct (the smallest area), and then an LD, situated within a CD, and within a state.
Which CD am I in, and who represents me?
If you live in Mesa, you might reside in CD5 or CD9.
U.S. Senators (state-based):
U.S. Representative (Congressional-district based):
U.S. Senators (same as CD5, above)
What if my representative isn't a Democrat?
See the answer above about why we don't currently have a Democratic representative in LD25. Thankfully, in 2021, we now have TWO Democratic Senators representing us in Arizona. But we can't stop there! For represenatation at our state level (which affects our lives in innumerable ways), and to elect people who represent OUR values and OUR voices, we must continue working up and down the ballot, in 2022 and beyond. Of course, we can't take having two Democratic senators for granted, either. 2022 is crucial in many ways and even includes our governorship. There's lots of work to be done, and YOU can join us!
What if I want to learn more about these things and about my reps?
You can find information about representatives, track their legislation, learn more about your district, districting, and government here:
Also see the Quick Links and Maps
Questions? Contact [email protected].