Eva Putzova

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Eva Putzova

Eva Putzova was elected to the Flagstaff City Council in November 2014 to a four-year term. As a council representative, she served on the Board of Directors of Flagstaff Arts Council and on the Audit Committee from 2015 through 2016.

She is a current board member of the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona and the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority. Her policy interests include social, economic, and environmental justice issues. In 2016, she led a successful local citizen initiative, raising Flagstaff’s minimum wage to $15 by 2021, implementing one fair wage by 2026, and establishing local labor standards enforcement.

Prior to her election to the City Council, Eva was an active board member of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future—a multi-issue organization that advocates for a socially and environmentally just Flagstaff. Over the years, she has also contributed to the goals of local commissions and committees, including the Regional Plan Citizen Advisory Committee, Coconino Community College Citizen Review Panel, Citizen Review Commission for Flagstaff Regional Five-year and Long-Range Transit Plan, and the Greater Flagstaff Economic Council.[1]


Eva Putzova was born and raised in Slovakia and made Flagstaff her home in 2000. With an academic background in economics and marketing, she started her professional career in the renewable energy sector at Southwest Windpower and, in 2003, began working in higher education. During her 14-year tenure at Northern Arizona University she held a number of positions, including Director of Strategic Planning and Executive Director for Marketing and Strategic Communications. In 2015, she received an Arizona Woman of Vision Award from the Arizona Women's Conference and in 2017, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for demonstrating democratic values in her service to the community.[2]

She is married to Joe Bader.


  • University of Economics, Bratislava, Master's Field Of StudyCommerce and Marketing 1995 – 2001.Thesis: Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Marketing.
  • Harvard University, Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 2012 – 2012.
  • Cornell University, Change Leadership 2011 – 2012.

Running for Congress

January 2018 former Flagstaff city councilmember Eva Putzova announced that she plans to run for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Putzova filed paperwork Wednesday with the Federal Elections Commission stating she plans to run to represent Congressional District 1 on the Democratic ticket.

“It’s been something I’ve been considering for a long time,” said Putzova, who just completed her four-year term on city council.

The seat in Congress representing CD1 is currently held by Democratic Congressman Tom O'Halleran, who won his second term during the last election and was in Flagstaff just last week for a town hall.

Cody Uhing, a spokesperson for O’Halleran, could not speak to whether or not the congressman would be seeking a third term, but said O’Halleran is not currently focusing on the next election.

Putzova said in running for Congress, she wants to be an advocate in Washington D.C. for progress on issues including universal health care, free college tuition, comprehensive immigration overhaul and “real and meaningful climate action,” including a Green New Deal.

“I think it’s important that we are talking about the issues that are top of mind for [everyday people in Arizona and across the nation],” Putzova said.

Putzova was born in Slovakia, first coming to the U.S. when she was 21 years old, and has lived in Flagstaff since 2000, according to the Putzova campaign.

She was elected to the city council in 2014 before launching a campaign to raise Flagstaff’s minimum wage, which voters approved in 2016. Most recently, she successfully led a campaign to uphold the minimum wage law after it was challenged by a ballot measure during the last election.

Currently, Putzova works as the national communications director for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a nonprofit organization that advocates for better working conditions and higher wages for restaurant workers.[3]

DSA endorsement

Flagstaff Democratic Socialists of America February 21 2020.


We at DSA Flagstaff would like to announce our endorsement of Eva Putzova for congress. Eva's policy goals align well with our own, and we would love to see her in office.

Brand New Congress

In 2020 Eva Putzova was a Brand New Congress endorsed candidate for US Congress in Arizona.
Albert Lee, Eva Putzova

Progressive Democrats of America endorsement


Eva Putzova for Congress June 6 2019·

I'm excited to announce that Progressive Democrats of America is endorsing my run for Congress in 2020!

PDA knows what it means to fight for progressive causes. They know that putting #PeopleFirst should be our priority, not an afterthought to corporate interests.

I can't be bought. Others in this race can't say the same. #AZ01

Democratic Congressional Candidate Eva Putzova said, “PDA has been a leading organization on the most pressing issues of our generation, including healthcare and climate change. The conversation we are having today would have not been possible without their persistence in organizing and building political capital. PDA made progressive politics mainstream.”[4]

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) endorsed Eva Putzova for Congress in a highly-selective process reflecting the consensus of local grassroots organizers. Only candidates who support a broad and bold progressive agenda are considered.

Alan Minsky, PDA Executive Director, said, “We are proud to endorse Eva Putzova for Congress. Unlike the current incumbent—who has often voted for Donald Trump’s disastrous, extreme right-wing agenda—Eva will champion progressive priorities. She’s committed to supporting Improved Medicare For All, a Green New Deal, good jobs for all, equal rights for all—including refugees and immigrants fleeing violence and destitution—and so much more.”[5]

Team Putzova

Eva Putzova July 4 2019·


We are getting started! — with Timothy Corvidae, Gwendolyn Waring, Kyle Nitschke, Pinky Bicycletta, Buck Manhands, Paul Lenze and Michael J. Keberlein.

Eva Putzova February 3 2020·


With Don B. Fireland Fanning, Rod Robinson, Michael J. Keberlein, Ken Kenegos, Pez Owen, Bill Honigman, Celia Barotz, Steve Robinson and Sandra Lubarsky.

Sunrise Movement

Eva Putzova for Congress June 18 2019·

Last Friday, I went to a meeting of the local Sunrise Movement chapter here in Flagstaff.


It was inspiring to hear the passion everyone had around climate change and what we can do to create change in our own backyard.

Our Revolution


Eva Putzova with Our Revolution - Flagstaff Progressives.

PDA member

Progressive Democrats of America Northern Arizona, March 19, 2012.


PDNA March Meeting. — with Dennis aka The stud, Dennis O. Jones, Saebin Sabrina Yi, Joe Bader, Eva Putzova, Cheryl Bader, Mary McKell and Kate Timbers Coggin.

“We need a Global Green New Deal”

Progressive Democrats of America Northern Arizona. May 8, 2013.


“We need a Global Green New Deal,” was among the statements Tom Hayden made in Flagstaff last week. His perspectives on the pace of progress and social change were eloquently expressed in an analogy of floating down the river where calm waters are interrupted by rapids and an occasional waterfall. Tom’s visit was short but inspiring and we had a chance to connect with a life-long activist whose experiences from the decades long gone provide a lens through which he assesses current events. Stay in touch with Tom through http://tomhayden.com/. — with Margo Conley, Eva Putzova, Tom Hayden and Sallie Kladnik.

Campaigning for Eva

Progressive Democrats of America Northern Arizona, August 26, 2014.


With Frankie Beesley, Joe Bader, Shaun McKernan, Marilyn J. Weissman, Eva Putzova, Fred P. DuVal, Katherine Kurmes and William E. Kurmes.

"Feeling the Bern" Flagstaff

Progressive Democrats of America Northern Arizona June 28, 2015.


Flagstaff was feeling the Bern on Friday! What a turn out, over 150 people came out to show support for Bernie Sanders. Organized by Moving Flagstaff Forward, the gathering heard from several speakers including, Flagstaff Vice Mayor Celia Barotz, City Councilmembers Eva Putzova, and Coral Evans, Coconino County Supervisor Art Babbott and PDA Arizona State Coordinator Dan O'Neal.

Minimum wage lawsuit

Moving Flagstaff Forward April 13, 2015.

Attorney Mik Jordahl, Flagstaff Councilmember Eva Putzova and Joe Bader before the press conference where we announced the filing of the lawsuit challenging the authority of the state of Arizona to regulate the minimum wage across the state and prevent cities from determining what is the best path based on local conditions.

Clean energy march


Progressive Democrats of America Northern Arizona July 24, 2016.

PDA's Donna Smith and Flagstaff City councilmember at the clean energy march at #dnc2016. — with Eva Putzova.