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Adrian is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served on active duty from 1992 to 1996, and was nominated for a meritorious commission.

His service to our country taught him the importance of dedication, discipline, and sacrifice to forcefully fight for the American dream. After leaving active duty, Adrian received his Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University before continuing on to the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

Since graduating from law school, Adrian has spent his career advocating for justice and fighting for those who are disadvantaged — first as a prosecutor with the Denver District Attorney and then for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office and the Arizona Attorney General’s office before entering private practice

As County Recorder, he has worked to bring a renewed energy and vision to the office, with the goal of rebuilding public trust in the election system in Maricopa County. He has focused on the voters’ experience, accountability, and security. Adrian will continue to work to make sure that every Maricopa County citizen who is eligible to vote is able to vote, whether at their kitchen table completing their early ballot or at the booth on Election Day — and that all of their ballots are counted.

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Adrian ran for Maricopa County Recorder to make sure votes get counted properly. And he feels personally responsible for fighting to protect and strengthen voting rights across the county and country.

Each and every day, Adrian is bringing a renewed energy, purpose, and vision to the office of County Recorder. He has refused to allow partisan bickering distract his office from the work they do for every single voter.

Voters, regardless of party, deserve to trust the electoral system in Maricopa County, and he fights every day to ensure their votes are protected and counted.

Adrian’s reforms have already led to:

A Voter Registration Policy that resulted in the registration of tens of thousands of previously denied voters

Securing of personal information by returning consumers’ information processing from unknown private contractors outside of the United States

Opening of 40 countywide Vote Centers that adhere to the Election Day model

Utilizing new technology, Adrian has doubled the lifetime of stored documents while slashing production costs by more than 95% per month

In 2018, the Recorder’s office actually counted every ballot – Adrian hired more than 800 Republican, Democratic, Independent, and other citizens to help with the post-election day processing of over 130,000 ballots


In 2018, the Recorder’s office actually counted every ballot – Adrian hired more than 800 Republican, Democratic, Independent, and other citizens to help with the post-election day processing of over 130,000 ballots


The Motivation to Run

Angry Arizona Voters Demand: Why Such Long Lines at Polling Sites?



Record Turnout

Voters set turnout records, leaving ballots uncounted after Election Day

NOVEMBER 7, 2018 | NBC 12


Every Vote Counted

Judge Refuses to Limit Arizona Vote Count in Razor Close U.S. Senate Race



Fontes Protects Voters

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes stinks at rigging elections


“Maybe all his office is trying to do is count the votes. All of the votes.”

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On MLK Day, we must recommit ourselves to ensuring everyone — and everyone’s voice — is heard, considered, and counted equally.

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@Tempegov @cityofchandler @RecorderFontes @maricopacounty ¡Ya comienza las elecciones de @TempeGov y @cityofchandler ! Hoy la oficina de @RecorderFontes mando 278 boletas a votantes militar activo y votantes del condado Maricopa que viven en el extranjero. Usted también se puede alistar para las elecciones aquí:

Today officially marks the beginning of the March 10 @Tempegov & @cityofchandler elections! @RecorderFontes staff sent 278 ballots to military & overseas voters. You can #BeBallotReady, too! Visit to learn more!

Press Release: Six Winners Announced for the @EACgov’s National Award for Outstanding Innovations in Election Administration #ClearinghouseAwards #Clearies

It has been an absolutely to honor to be part of this team! @KenoshaCRT has done amazing work to bring the election department to the community!

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