PHOENIX —Governor Doug Ducey today announced the members of the Arizona Complete Count Committee (CCC), a 23-member committee charged with ensuring Arizona’s Census 2020 count is as complete and accurate as possible. Comprised of key community leaders representing Arizona’s diverse and unique demography, the committee will partner closely with federal officials, local complete count committees, and grassroots communities to create outreach strategies and marketing plans ahead of the 2020 census, which begins on April 1, 2020.
The census will determine the number of congressional seats Arizona will receive in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as guide the redistricting of Arizona’s state and local legislative districts. The census count also will determine levels of funding for many federal programs.
“All Arizonans should be counted in the upcoming census,” said Governor Ducey. “The Arizona Complete Count Committee will help ensure we are reaching out to every neighborhood and community across the state—rural and urban—with a keen focus on historically undercounted populations. My thanks to all members of the committee for dedicating their time to this important effort. I look forward to partnering together in the weeks and months ahead to ensure as full and accurate a count as possible.”
Responsibilities of the CCC include:
- Developing a strategic communications plan to ensure widespread public awareness of the 2020 Census and the high importance of all Arizonans participating;
- Partnering with local-level complete count committees and community efforts to provide state-level perspective, guidance, and coordination;
- And creating targeted plans addressing populations that have been historically undercounted in past census counts to achieve maximum participation levels in the 2020 Census.
Governor Ducey selected Arizona Office of Tourism Director Debbie Johnson to serve as Chair of the CCC. With more than two decades of experience in the tourism industry, Johnson serves on tourism-dedicated local, state and national boards and committees and served as President and CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association and Valley Hotel & Resort Association prior to her current position. Johnson's relationship with local Arizona entities will benefit the CCC as it plans Arizona's Census 2020.
Governor Ducey created the committee on April 1, 2019 through executive order.
Members on the committee are as follows:
|Chair||Debbie Johnson||Office of Tourism - Director|
|Vice-Chair||Allie Bones||Assistant Sec. of State|
|Governor's Office Liaison||Lauren Bouton||Governor's Office - Policy Assistant|
|Legislature -- House R Liaison||T.J. Shope||Representative, Speaker Pro Temp|
|Legislature -- House D Liaison||Diego Espinoza||Representative|
|Legislature -- Senate R Liaison||Sine Kerr||Senator|
|Legislature -- Senate D Liaison||Jamescita Peshlakai||Senator|
|State Government Liaison||Sarah Pirzada||Governor's Office - Deputy COO|
|State Agency Director Liaison||Andy Tobin||Department of Administration - Director|
|Community-Based organization Liaison||Barry Wong||Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity - Director|
|Rural Outreach Liaison||Billie Orr||City of Prescott - Mayor Pro Tem|
|Tribal Outreach Liaison||Kristine Firethunder||Governor's Office on Tribal Relations - Director|
|Early Childhood/Youth Outreach Liaison||Breann Westmore||March of Dimes - State Director of Program Services, Legislative Affairs|
|Higher Education Partnership and Outreach Liaison||Fred DuVal||Arizona Board of Regents - Regent|
|Multi-family Housing Outreach Liaison||Courtney Levinus||Arizona Multihousing Association - President/CEO|
|Media Relations Liaison||Anita Helt||ABC15 - Vice President/General Manager|
|Business Partnership Liaison (county population <250k)||Julie Pastrick||Greater Flagstaff Chamber - President/CEO|
|Philanthropic Partnership Liaison||Janice Palmer||Helios Education - Vice President and Director of Policy|
|Faith-based Community Liaison||Warren Stewart Sr.||Senior Pastor - First Institutional Baptist Church|
|County Government Liaison||Robyn Stallworth Pouquette||Yuma County Recorder|
|Municipal Government Liaison||Robert Uribe||City of Douglas - Mayor|
|Military and Veteran Liaison||Arlethe Rios||Vice Chair - Veterans Advisory Commission|