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Danny Morales

Danny "DJ" Morales

Term Expires: June 2020

Personal Life

Danny Morales Jr. (DJ) was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona until the age of 12. In 1987, his family moved northeast when the U.S. Army transferred his father from Fort Huachuca to assignments in Massachusetts. Morales graduated third in his class from Ayer High School, Ayer Massachusetts in 1994. In 1998, he married Martha Aguayo originally from San Pedro, California and a 1994 graduate of Douglas High School. The couple has 2 sons, Danny and Michael. Morales comes from a proud public service family – his dad is a retired Army and Air Force veteran, and his mom is a retired civil servant who worked in the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Interior, and Agriculture.


On August 10, 2000, Morales graduated from the University of Arizona summa cum laude with a degree in Biochemistry and a minor in English Literature. He is a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve, having served on active duty for 12 years and in the reserve since February 2011. His current drilling assignment is at Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Tucson. His previous drilling assignments were at the NOSC and Joint Reserve Intelligence Center in Phoenix. He also served as a civilian office manager at the Joint Interoperability Test Command on Fort Huachuca. On August 4th 2016, Morales graduated from the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center in Tucson having served as the president of his class.

Current Work

He currently serves as a reserve deputy with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office having trained and patrolled full-time in the Bisbee, Elfrida, and Sierra Vista patrol areas. He is currently obtaining his AAS in Law Enforcement at Pima Community College. In addition to his work in law enforcement and the Navy, Morales also serves as Mayor Pro Tempore of Douglas, youth pastor at Christian Life Center, substitute teacher with DUSD, and on the executive board of SEAGO, the regional planning agency of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, and Santa Cruz counties.

Since returning to Arizona from Massachusetts, Morales has been active in the Douglas community. He has served as: Greater Douglas Chamber of Commerce board member, DUSD board approved parent volunteer, independent correspondent with the Douglas Dispatch, Friend of the Douglas Public Library, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office patrol volunteer, Voice of Douglas founder, substitute teacher in all eight DUSD schools (long term at both middle schools), and as a local youth pastor.

Vision for Douglas

Morales is eager to make Douglas a city that draws more commerce, bolsters more local businesses, engages more youth, excels more in education, and improves quality of life for more of its residents.