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Martin Quezada
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Current candidacy
Running for Arizona State Senate, District 29
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Arizona House of Representatives District 29
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$24,000/year
Per diem$35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter.
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Prior offices
Board member, Pendergast Governing Board, At-large
2010 - Present
Associate'sGlendale Community College, 1998
Bachelor'sArizona State University West, 2001
J.D.Arizona State University, 2008
Office website
Campaign website
Martin J. Quezada is a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing District 29. He was appointed to the chamber on March 2, 2012, by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.[1]

Quezada is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 29 of the Arizona State Senate.

Quezada is also an at-large member of Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board in Phoenix, Arizona. He was first elected to the office in 2010. He is running for re-election in the November 4, 2014, general election.


Quezada is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. He earned a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in 2001 and a J.D. from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He was the President of the ASU Chicano/Latino Law Students Association from 2006 to 2007. He also served in the Graduate & Professional Students Association. He received the Congressman Ed Pastor Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the 2008 Hispanic Convocation.[2]

Quezada did a judicial clerkship from 2008 to 2009 under Patricia Orozco, a judge in the Arizona Court of Appeals. He has served on the ASU Los Diablos Latino Alumni Association, the Maryvale Village Planning Committee, the West Phoenix Revitalization Community Advisory Board and the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association Board of Directors. In 2009, he was named a Univision Radio/AZ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Hispanic Leader Under Age 40.[2]

Quezada has his own law firm, Law Office of Martín J. Quezada, PLLC, with a focus on criminal defense, domestic relations, immigration and election law.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Quezada served on the following committees:

Arizona Committee Assignments, 2013


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Quezada served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Quezada's campaign website highlights the following issues:[3]

Responsible Investment in Public Education

  • Excerpt: "...responsible investment in our schools and our kids;"
  • Excerpt: "...focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);"
  • Excerpt: "responsible support for teachers to ensure they have the resources and professional development necessary to implement updated standards in the classroom"

Economic Development and Creation of Good Paying Jobs

  • Excerpt: "He will work to attract higher paying jobs to our district and our state;"
  • Excerpt: "He will ensure that all working families are able to earn a living wage so that they may provide for their families."
  • Excerpt: "He will also be a champion for equal pay to ensure that women are able to earn the same wages as their equally qualified male counterparts in the workforce."

Protecting your Constitutional Rights

  • Excerpt: "Martin will ensure your path to the ballot box is kept free from unnecessary obstructions and obstacles and will work to make the voting experience easier and more accessible to all eligible voters."
  • Excerpt: "Martin will be a champion for equal rights for ALL regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexuality."
  • Excerpt: "Martin will continue to be the #1 fighter against efforts to harass, intimidate and demonize the immigrant population and be a voice for comprehensive immigration reform and the humane treatment of any who are victims of the broken system or dangerous homeland conditions."


Quezada's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Increase the state’s investment in our children so kids can compete for jobs."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "An education workforce will help develop a stronger economy."
  • Protecting the Vulnerable
Excerpt: "Prevent the abuse of children, women and the elderly."



Senate District 29

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Martin Quezada defeated Lydia Hernandez in the Democratic primary. Crystal Nuttle was unopposed in the Republican primary. Quezada will face Nuttle in the general election.[5][6][7]

Arizona State Senate, District 29 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Quezada 50.7% 3,342
Lydia Hernández 49.3% 3,252
Total Votes 6,594

PESD Governing Board

See also: Pendergast Elementary School District elections (2014)

The Pendergast Governing Board has three at-large seats up for election on November 4, 2014. Two of the seats are regular four-year terms. Incumbents Martin J. Quezada and Susan Serin face write-in challengers Consuelo Aduana Pambid-Stout and Edgar G. Hernandez-Galaviz in the race for the four-year terms.[8]

The third seat, a two-year term, was open because of a vacancy on the board that was filled by Jose Jesus Arenas in April 2013. Because the vacancy was for a seat with more than two years left on its unexpired term, the seat had to be filled by an elected member at this general election. Arenas ran unopposed to fulfill the remainder of this unexpired term. The Maricopa County Education Service Agency recommended that the election be cancelled and that Arenas be appointed to retain their seats on the governing board by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.[9] The board of supervisors elected to do so at their September 10, 2014, meeting.[10]


This election will be held November 4, 2014.


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Quezada won re-election in the 2012 election for Arizona House of Representatives District 29. He amd Lydia Hernandez defeated Martin Samaniego in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLydia Hernandez 52% 21,870
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartin J. Quezada Incumbent 48% 20,150
Total Votes 42,020
Arizona House of Representatives, District 29 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Quezada Incumbent 36% 3,336
Green check mark transparent.pngLydia Hernandez 35.2% 3,262
Martin Samaniego 28.9% 2,681
Total Votes 9,279


Quezada was elected without opposition to the Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board in the 2010 election.[13]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Quezada is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Quezada raised a total of $40,147 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[14]

Martin Quezada's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arizona State House, District 29 Won $15,697
2010 Arizona State House, District 13 Defeated $24,450
Grand Total Raised $40,147


PESD Governing Board

Quezada reported $410.00 in contributions and $45.88 in expenditures to the Maricopa County Recorder's office, which left his campaign with $364.12 on hand as of September 16, 2014.[15]


Quezada won election to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Quezada raised a total of $15,967.
Arizona House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Martin Quezada's campaign in 2012
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 469$1,736
Arizona Association of Realtors$1,000
Arizona Education Association$750
Himelrick, Richard$424
Nabozny, Julian C$424
Total Raised in 2012$15,967
Source:Follow the Money


Quezada lost the election for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Quezada raised a total of $25,450.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arizona

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In 2014, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.[16]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
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In 2013, the 51st Arizona State Legislature was in session from January 14 to June 14.[16]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative fiscal policy.
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Legislators are scored on "their support of principles of limited constitutional government."
Legislators are scored on their stances on animals and animal protection.
Legislators are scored on their stances on secular policy.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "anti-environmental" and "anti-democracy" bills.



Senate District 29

In 2014, Quezada's endorsements include the following:[17]

PESD Governing Board

Quezada has not received any official endorsements for his governing board campaign.

About the PESD

See also: Pendergast Elementary School District, Arizona
Pendergast Elementary School District is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Pendergast Elementary School District is located in southwestern Arizona in Maricopa County. Phoenix is the county seat and the state capital. In 2013, Maricopa County was home to 4,009,412 residents according to United States Census Bureau estimates. In the 2011-2012 school year, Pendergast Elementary School District was the 27th-largest school district in Arizona and served 9,771 students.[18]


Maricopa County slightly overperformed compared to the rest of Arizona in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Maricopa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.6 percent in Arizona. The median household income for the county was $54,385 compared to $50,256 statewide. The poverty rate in Maricopa County was 15.8 percent compared to 17.2 percent statewide.[18]

Racial Demographics, 2013[18]
Race Maricopa County (%) Arizona (%)
White 84.7 84.0
Black or African American 5.7 4.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7 5.3
Asian 4.0 3.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.7 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 30.0 30.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Maricopa County[19][20]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 602,288 749,885
2008 602,166 746,448
2004 504,849 679,455
2000 386,683 479,967

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[21]

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  1. Governing the States and Localities, "Quezada Appointed to Arizona’s District 13 House Seat," March 5, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pendergast Elementary School District, "Pendergast Governing Board," accessed September 18, 2014
  3. Martin Quezada's campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 15, 2014
  4., "Issues," accessed April 7, 2014 (timed out)
  5. Arizona Secretary of State, "Unofficial primary election results," accessed August 27, 2014
  6. Arizona Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election," May 28, 2014
  7. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed September 11, 2014
  8. Maricopa County Education Service Agency, "Filed Candidate Listing," August 25, 2014
  9. Maricopa County Education Service Agency, "Recommended Cancellations," September 8, 2014
  10. Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, "FORMAL MEETING SUMMARY, Wednesday, September 10, 2014," accessed September 18, 2014
  11. Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 Primary candidate list," accessed December 20, 2013
  12. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  13. West Valley View, "Candidate shortage," August 5, 2010
  14., "Quezada, Martin," accessed April 23, 2013
  15. Maricopa County Recorder, "Martin Quezada Campaign Finance Report," September 16, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
  17., "About: Rep. Martín J. Quezada," accessed July 29, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 United States Census Bureau, "Maricopa County, Arizona, Quick Facts," accessed August 18, 2014
  19. Maricopa County Recorder, "Maricopa County Election Results Archives," accessed August 18, 2014
  20. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Canvas of Votes for 2000 General Election," November 27, 2000
  21. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014