Who am I?

Ken Clark is currently a real estate agent and has a long history of political activity in Arizona. He was the campaign manager on the NO on 200 state-wide ballot effort to defeat the so-called “payday loan reform”. He was most recently the co-chair of the non-partisan Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition, which sought to build a greater number of competitive districts during the 2011-12 legislative and congressional redistricting process.

Prior to that, he represented renewable energy and energy efficiency products and interests in Arizona. He was the Chairman and Director of Fair Districts, Fair Election, an effort to make more competitive legislative and congressional districts in Arizona. In 2006, he was the Campaign Manager for the successful Arizona Together campaign, “No on Proposition 107.” Prior to this work, Ken was the Director of the Energy Office for the State of Arizona.

Ken served in the 46th Legislature, representing 171,000 residents in District 15, in the heart of Phoenix. In the House of Representatives, he served on the Ways and Means Committee and the Rules Committee, and was the ranking Democrat on the Environment Committee.

During and before that time, he owned a graphic design business, which managed client accounts in America with designers based in Australia.

Prior to that, Ken spent a decade working in non-profit and political organizations in America and Europe. Ken was the Campaign Coordinator for the Arizona Democratic Party's state legislative campaign committee. The Democrats gained four seats in the state legislature in the 2000 elections.

He worked for Neighborhood Partners, which sought to strengthen relationships between neighborhood groups in Phoenix in order to solve difficult urban problems. He was also an Equal Justice Fellow and lobbyist for the William Morris Institute for Justice in Phoenix.

From 1995 to 1998, Ken created and produced a series of conflict resolution-based talk radio programs that aired on radio stations across Bosnia. He was the Bosnian Country Director for Search for Common Ground, the international mediation and citizen diplomacy organization. He trained over 100 journalists, producers and radio hosts and oversaw over 300 hours of program broadcasts. He reported on his work to organizations such as the National Security Council and the European Union and published in trade journals and periodicals.

During graduate school, Ken worked for the Concord Coalition, the Washington DC-based deficit reduction organization, founded by Senators Paul Tsongas and Warren Rudman. In 1995, he completed his Master's Degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington, DC.

Ken went to college at Northern Arizona University. In 1990, Ken was an intern to the offices of Senator Dennis DeConcini, and in 1992, he worked for the Karan English for Congress Campaign.

Ken first moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona with his family in 1981. He left in 1985 to attend a NATO high school in Holland, and returned in 1989 to begin studies at NAU.

Why am I running?

I am running for the State Legislature in District 24 because I am optimistic about our state's future.

I have been fighting for the residents of District 24 since before it was called District 24. I fought for working families against the predatory payday lenders in 2008.

I fought to get more dollars in our classrooms when I created legislation in 2003 to help schools save money on procurement.

I fought for sustainable communities, renewable energy and energy efficiency when I was the director of the state Energy Office in 2005-06.

I have learned over the years that you bring about what you think about. Unfortunately, too many people focus only on the negative when it comes to Arizona.

However, I believe that we are standing at a crossroads. We could resign ourselves to being a punch line for jokes on late night television talk shows.

Or, we can choose an optimistic future in which Arizona has yet to make its boldest contribution to this world.

As a Realtor I talk to people every day who are starting new businesses in Arizona.

They are moving their families to Arizona because they hear the positive truth about what we are doing here. Some are teaching people about sustainable urban gardening. Some are pushing the city to build more bike lanes. Others are showing us the value of locally-owned businesses.

All of these people have an optimistic vision for Arizona and I share that with them.

I am here to ask you for your vote so that I might take that optimistic vision to the State Legislature, where I will fight with you and for you.

Please sign up to volunteer, or make a contribution. Every penny counts and I promise that this campaign will honor your contribution and spend our resources wisely.

My Goals

I have demonstrated my commitment to Arizona time and again.

I fought for families when I managed the campaign against the payday lenders in 2008.

As a legislator in 2003, I got more dollars into classrooms by reforming laws to help schools save money on procurement.

I helped make our state more energy wise and sustainable as the director of the state Energy Office in 2005-06.

I believe that you bring about what you think about. We are standing at a crossroads.

We could resign ourselves to being a punch line for jokes on late night television.

Or, we can choose a future in which Arizona has yet to make its boldest contribution to this world.

My DFA Values

I have a long history of supporting campaign finance reform. I was an early adopter of Clean Elections, although I cannot run under that system now because the act was effectively gutted.

I have worked for 10 years for true redistricting reform, having created bi-partisan coalitions to educate the public and advocate for a greater number of competitive districts.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I have built a grassroots movement in my district over years of public service, support for locally-owned businesses and progressive causes.

I am running against a candidate whose campaign war chest is funded almost 51% by PAC money. Mine is funded less than 2% from PAC money.

As such, we have a strong movement of people who want better representation from government.

I am proud of the work that we have done and I am confident that it will carry us through.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Ken LaKind


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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