The Black Engagement Committee (BEC) of the Maricopa County Democratic Party (MCDP) has been active for several years organizing, getting out the vote and serving the needs of their community. Currently under new leadership, the BEC is organized to support Democratic legislative districts (LDs) in the county as never before.
Co-chairs Karl Gentles and Pastor Warren Stewart are engaged in building partnerships in the LDs to increase Black precinct committee persons to help: increase voter registration and turnout, support the work and issues of the party, and develop Black candidates to win county and legislative seats. As former candidates themselves, Gentles and Stewart bring their experience, activism and commitment to go from “protest in the streets to power in political seats.”
In this episode, they discuss the change in the political climate wrought by the murders of George Floyd and others and their strategies to impact future elections in Arizona with Black voters and candidates on the ballot.
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