APACHE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY Board
Priscilla Weaver (Chair): In January 2020, I traveled from Teec Nos Pos to Window Rock with my husband to learn more about the Arizona Democratic Party in Apache County. I met wonderful community activists who became my allies and friends because we shared common ideas and were willing to help each other. We campaigned together with the Northeast Arizona Native Democrats to get votes by using social media, phone banking, text messaging, signposting, and radio advertising. We eventually reached our common goal in November when we were successful in electing Democratic candidates, flipping Arizona blue by 10,457 votes, and turning our country blue. Apache County had 51,906 registered voters, 35,776 of whom voted. This accounted for a 68.92% turnout, and I learned that grassroots organizations were critical in producing this high turnout.
First Vice Chair
June Tracy (1st Vice Chair): I am Tabaaha born for Descheenie clan and reside in Lok’aah niteel, Dinetah, also known as Ganado, AZ. As a lifelong Democrat, I am committed to empowering citizens by strengthening their ability to influence government at all levels through the democratic processes. Apache County voters have been critical to electing Democrats to federal, county, and state offices since the 1972 repeal of the Arizona law making the literacy test a prerequisite of voter registration. We must maintain open and improved access to elections for all our communities in Apache County. Every vote counts, and I work to ensure citizens get the full opportunity to participate in our elections.
Steven C. Begay
2nd Vice Chair
Steven C. Begay (2nd Vice Chair): Since the early 1970’s, I have been involved in the campaign activities of certain candidates in tribal, state or national elections. Locally, I have served as the cultural advisor in the Chris Deschene for Navajo President campaign in 2014 and 2015. We formed the Navajo Voters Coalition where I serve as the agent and as board member. In 2018, I helped Buu Van Nygren in his Vice-Presidential campaign. In New Mexico, I have emceed at various candidate’s forums at the chapter level. On August 6, 2019 after encouragement from two key political advocates, I was elected as the Chairman of the Apache County Democrats at a precinct committee meeting at Fort Defiance Chapter. I now serve as 2nd Vice Chair. My contribution is to use my language, education, experience, skill and abilities to make our land and country a better place to live.
Ginny Dotson (Secretary/Treasurer): Before politics became so compelling, I was a wood artist. I am a strong supporter of voting rights. My oldest aunts on both sides of my family reached adulthood at a time when women did not have the right to vote. When they fought for and finally gained that right, they voted in every single election as long as they were able to do so. When I saw some of our legislators trying to take that right away from people, I knew it was time to get to work and fight again.As a board member of the Apache County Democrats, I will work to empower and educate voters in our communities.
Board Member At Large
Mike Kunneke (Board Member At Large): I'm a retired computer professional who first came to the Southwest as Data Processing Director for the Ramah Navajo School Board in New Mexico. Now living in the southern Apache County neighborhood of Show Low Pines, I'm currently a Precinct Committee Person for Concho, Arizona, and the At-Large Executive Board member of the Apache County Democrats. Although my personal politics tend to be left of the majority of the Democratic party, I try not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. You can find me at @geekonabike on Instagram, plus various other online sites. If you'd like to contact me, my email is email@example.com.