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We did it!!! With over 358,000 votes, our campaign to be elected to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board has ended with great success! Almost one year ago, we started the process of running for one of Arizona's most important elected positions and an opportunity to truly Protect Arizona's Water Future.

I want to personally thank my entire campaign team: Campaign Manager Crissy Jung, Campaign Chair Chris Herstam, Finance Director Ed Hermes, Social Media Manager Randy Michael Keating, campaign advisors Julie Erfle and Gary Kaasa, and our campaign team members Cepand Alizadeh, Gabriel León, Sara Zúñiga, Leslie Tresher (sign and materials design), Bryan Babich (photography), Troy Corder (videography) and Eryck Garcia.

Please let me emphasize how thankful I am of you! Whether you were a volunteer, donor, and/or a voter who supported the campaign, believed in our cause, and brought attention to the truly significant issues facing Maricopa County and the state of Arizona – I want you to know just how important you were to this great success story. This campaign could not have been successful without your dedication and support.
As an incoming member of this non-partisan Board, it will be my passion and commitment to educate and involve the public on our pressing water needs. It will be my prerogative to preserve Arizona’s water rights and protect us from California and others who may want to dilute our interests.
Water is Arizona’s most previous resource and I am truly looking forward to serving with the Board to help keep our water affordable, safe, and secure for Arizona.
Once again, thank you all for believing in our team.

Ben Graff
CAWCD Board Member-Elect
Last updated 12/07/16 8:54PM



On Sunday, October 30th, The Arizona Republic officially endorsed Ben Graff for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board!

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Thank you to The Arizona Republic for the endorsement and informational piece on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board.

Last updated 10/31/16 3:54PM





Ben Graff is a husband, father, Arizona land use attorney, and candidate for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board. As an Arizona native with deep roots in Arizona politics and experience making strategic decisions related to land use and water policy, he is highly qualified for this incredibly important elected position. Ben is the lead Land Use and Zoning attorney at Quarles & Brady LLP in Phoenix, and is an expert in a variety scenarios and issues related to the water demands of Maricopa County and our various municipalities. Ben’s successful practice is sustained through his contacts with planning staff, appointed officials, and elected officials in towns, cities, and counties throughout Arizona. During law school, Ben was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to serve a two-year term as a Regent for the Arizona Board of Regents. Today, he serves as a Regent Emeritus, a precinct and state committee-person, and is involved with Valley Partnership, Arizona Forward and is a graduate of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy and Valley Leadership.




Maricopa County voters will elect 5 new CAWCD Board members on November 8th. The CAWCD Board is comprised of 15 un-paid members from Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties, each serving staggered 6 year terms.

The Central Arizona Water Conservation District operates the Central Arizona Project, bringing Colorado River water 336 miles across the desert from Lake Havasu through Phoenix to south of Tucson.  Without this vital water system, Maricopa County would have never developed with the mix of rich rural and booming metropolis areas we see throughout the Valley of the Sun today. We need strong, thoughtful leaders who can work to assure our vital water supplies will continue to exist for both our immediate needs and for the next 100 years and beyond. You can read more at

Please, look to the bottom of your ballot in November for this important non-partisan office and vote for the individuals who will work to ensure sustainable water supplies for our community.