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Patty Kennedy
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Board member, Glendale Union High School District Governing Board, At-large
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMoon Valley High School
ProfessionBusiness owner
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Patty Kennedy is an at-large representative on the Glendale Union High School District Governing Board in Arizona. She filed to run for re-election in the November 4, 2014, general election, which was cancelled due to a lack of contested races. She was appointed to a second term on the board by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on September 10, 2014.[1]

Kennedy was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 20 of the Arizona State Senate.


Campaign themes


Kennedy's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

  • Excerpt: "We need to increase productivity, livable wages and economic opportunity for all Arizona residents. To do this, our legislature needs to stop wasting time introducing bills that pacify the fringe base of their party and start passing bills that really bring positive change to the people of Arizona."
  • Excerpt: "We need to focus on the issues that result in the largest return on our investment in both economic and social terms. These topics work together and need balance and strong support to be highly successful. Below are the top issues I will be focusing on to help create higher paying jobs, a stronger workforce and build a more resilient Arizona."



Senate District 20

See also: Arizona State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arizona State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 28, 2014. Patty Kennedy was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Kimberly Yee was unopposed in the Republican primary. Yee defeated Kennedy and Doug Quelland (I) in the general election. Justin Henry (R) was disqualified from the ballot before the primary.[3][4][5][6][7]

Arizona State Senate District 20, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKimberly Yee Incumbent 53.2% 25,103
     Democratic Patty Kennedy 35.2% 16,613
     Independent Doug "Q" Quelland 11.5% 5,438
Total Votes 47,154

GUHSD Governing Board

See also: Glendale Union High School District elections (2014)

Two seats on the Glendale Union High School District Governing Board were scheduled for general election on November 4, 2014. Incumbents Patty Kennedy and Rick Fields filed to run for re-election along with Sue Maland. However, Fields later withdrew from the race, leaving Kennedy and Maland unopposed.[8] The Maricopa County Education Service Agency recommended that the election be cancelled and that Maland and Kennedy be appointed to their seats by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.[9]


The election was canceled due to a lack of contested races. Sue Maland and incumbent Patty Kennedy were respectively appointed to their first and second terms by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on September 10, 2014.[1]


Kennedy reported no contributions or expenditures to the Maricopa County Recorder's office.[10]


Kennedy received no official endorsements in the election.


Glendale Union High School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatty Kennedy 33.2% 23,742
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Fields 24.1% 17,250
     Nonpartisan Don Debusk 21.3% 15,273
     Nonpartisan Rosie Rivero 21% 15,011
     Nonpartisan Jerelyn M. Garrity 0.4% 299
     Nonpartisan Write-in candidates 0% 0
Total Votes 71,575
Source: Maricopa County Recorder, "November 2, 2010, Summary Report," November 17, 2010


See also: Glendale Union High School District, Arizona
Glendale Union High School District is located in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Glendale Union High School District is located in the city of Glendale in southwestern Arizona in Maricopa County. Phoenix is its 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, Glendale Union High School District was the 15th largest school district in Arizona and served 14,999 students.[11]


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 for Arizona as a whole. 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.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2013[11]
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[12][13]
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.[14] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.



In 2014, Kennedy's endorsements included the following:[15]

  • Felecia Rotellini, Candidate for Arizona Attorney General
  • Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix
  • Terry Goddard, Former Arizona Attorney General
  • Jackie Thrasher, Former Arizona State House Representative
  • Arizona Association of Retired Americans

  • Arizona Education Association
  • Arizona Women's Political Caucus
  • Equality Arizona
  • National Association of Social Workers

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