Who We Are, Why We Care

Our Founding Fathers specifically warned us about the threat to our electoral process from a two-party system. Ask yourself 

"Are we living up to the vision of our founding fathers?"

The coalition’s motivation is rooted in the shared belief that elections should work for every voter. Voting systems determine if every person qualified to vote, whether registered with a party or unaffiliated, has the right to vote in any election for any candidate. Not every voting system accomplishes this, and the idea is to raise public awareness around which systems do and which do not and the subsequent consequences.  

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Let’s do something real and ensure the integrity of the electoral process and guarantee equal access to the ballot for everyone regardless of Party. Let's make our Founding Fathers proud.

This coalition of Arizona citizens intends to educate voters of the challenges facing the state of Arizona brought about by our partisan primary system and explore alternative nonpartisan voting systems that would make elections work better for all citizens.

Meet Our Executive Board

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Ted Hinderaker

Vice President, Assistant Secretary

Ted Hinderaker practiced in the labor department at Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye in San Diego, California from 1981-83 and the litigation practice group at Streich, Lang, Weeks & Cardon in Phoenix, Arizona from 1983-85. Mr. Hinderaker acted as general counsel for a real estate development company from 1985-1988, has been a sole practitioner, and is a founding member of Hinderaker Rauh & Weisman, PLC. Mr. Hinderaker has extensive experience in the representation of local, regional, and national real estate developers and investors in all phases of the investment and development process. He represents primarily borrowers in connection with large lending transactions and advises small and medium sized businesses in connection with general corporate transactions and legal issues. Ted is also active in the Tucson community and a supporter of the University of Arizona, having served on the Board of Directors for the National Alumni Association, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Arizona Foundation, and as President of the Tucson Children’s Museum.

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Sarah Smallhouse

President and Secretary

Sarah Smallhouse has a BA in Economics from the University of Washington, an MBA from the University of Arizona, and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She was the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce 2008 Woman of the Year and received the Thomas L. Swanson Regional Leadership Award from the Pima Association of Governments for enhancing the regional community despite jurisdictional boundaries, promoting cooperation among residents and elected officials, and leading innovation on regional issues. She is President of the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, past-chair of the UA Foundation Board and co-chaired the University of Arizona’s Arizona NOW capital campaign. For several years she led initiatives on infrastructure and international trade while serving on the board of Tucson Regional Economics Opportunities. Today she serves on the UA Foundation Board of Trustees, the Advisory Board for the UA College of Science, the Biosphere 2 Board, and heads the College of Science Galileo Circle. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and co-chairs its Governance Committee.

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Don Budinger

Director

As one of the founders of the Rodel Foundations, Don serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Rodel Arizona as well as a board member for Rodel Delaware. He is also Founding Director and former Chairman of Science Foundation Arizona, founding Chairman of College Success Arizona, a founding board member of Tucson Values Teachers, Emeritus Board Member of Stand for Children and currently serves on the board of Basis Charter Schools. He is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and the O’Connor Institute Advisory Group. Don is also a Lifetime Member of the Arizona State University President’s Club and as well as a Trustee of ASU. Don has been recognized as a “Distinguished Associate” by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy. The O’Connor House presented him with their Community Leadership Award and he was recognized by Teach for America as a “Homeroom Hero.” Children’s Action Alliance honored him with the Horace Steel Child Advocacy award; he also received a child advocacy award from the New Directions Institute.

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Si Schorr

Vice President

“Si” Schorr has been engaged in state and local governance over the past 60 years. Most recently he was chairman of the Arizona State Transportation Board and founding chair of the Pima County Regional Transportation Commission and was a founding board member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.

Meet Our Team Members

Stephen Richer

Stephen Richer

Maricopa County Recorder

Edmund Marquez

Edmund Marquez

Chairman, Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce

John Giles

John Giles

City of Mesa Mayor

Heather Carter

Heather Carter

Greater Phoenix Leadership, Inc.

Blake Sacha

Blake Sacha

Voter Choice Arizona

Jay Thorne

Jay Thorne

Asst. VP Media Relations, Arizona State University

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Former Mayor of Mesa

Arnott Duncan

Arnott Duncan

Chairman of the Board, Chief Agronomist, Duncan Family Farms

Rep. Ron Barber

Rep. Ron Barber

Former United States Representative

Kevin Moran

Kevin Moran

Senior Director, Water Policy and State Affairs, EDF

Paul Boyer

Paul Boyer

Arizona State Senate, LD 20

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson

Former Mayor of Phoenix CEO, Redirect Health

Nicole Barraza

Nicole Barraza

Director of Governance & Outreach, Southern Arizona Leadership Council.

Chip Scutari

Chip Scutari

Co-founder of S+C

Rex Scott

Rex Scott

Pima County Supervisor

Paul Brierley

Paul Brierley

Executive Director Yuma Center of. Excellence for Desert Agriculture

Rep. Jim Kolbe

Rep. Jim Kolbe

Former United States Representative

Interested in joining the Save Democracy team?

Thank you for your interest in saving Arizona's democracy! We will be in touch soon!

From our board 

Shouldn't 'election integrity' involve treating every voter and candidate fairly? - AZ Central