Gabriella Cázares-Kelly (she/her) is a community organizer, public school educator, and member of the Tohono O’odham Nation. She is running to be the next Pima County Recorder, a position that oversees voter registration and early voting for the county. Gabriella entered this race because she is committed to making voter registration and early voting services as easy, fast and accessible for all. She is especially concerned about the services available to rural voters, those living in tribal communities, elders who struggle with photo ID requirements, college students who are discouraged from voting and people with felonies who may not know their rights. When she wins, she will become the first Native American to hold an elected countywide office in Pima County.
Gabriella was motivated to run for office after learning just how little the general public knew about Native American communities and the frustrating absence of services and policies that resulted from that lack of familiarity. Gabriella is extremely active in local politics and believes in the need to infiltrate, create or transform spaces to include Indigenous voices and issues. She is a proud, dues paying union member and an advocate for living and thriving wages, worker’s rights, women’s rights and public education funding. She often speaks about the need to identify and condemn white supremacy as well as the urgency of dismantling systems of oppression that continue to disenfranchise entire communities. She lives in Tucson with her husband, Ryan, and their two college-aged children who have been displaced from the University of Arizona dorms due to Covid-19. She is a writer and voting enthusiast.