Cat Ripley, Executive Director

It’s summer, so the heat is on! But we’re taking advantage of the relative quiet in Tucson to prepare for some exciting events, and a busy fall. PCDP is hosting a mayoral candidate debate on July 18. In the spirit of the first round of Democratic presidential debates, this will be more than a forum. Come support your candidate as Arizona Public Media’s Christopher “Buzz” Conover queries all of them on important local issues.

Speaking of primaries: PCDP will be hosting a primary election-night party at Reilly’s Craft Pizza & Drink, 101 E. Pennington St., at 7 pm on August 27. Please join us as we support our Democratic candidates for Tucson’s city council and mayor – and find out who will be moving on to the general election in November.

June was a big month for collecting signatures for two initiatives that PCDP is supporting: Outlaw Dirty Money, and Tucson Families Free & Together (the  “sanctuary city’’ initiative). We now have two notaries public at HQ to certify your petitions. Families Free and Together petitions were due on July 3, but Outlaw Dirty Money will continue into 2020. Thank you for your tireless efforts in gathering signatures, especially during the hottest months of the summer.

HQ is your home, so drop in for one of the many activities keeping the place busy:   movie nights for the LGBTQ+ and the Asian Pacific Islander Caucuses; education and training events; canvass launches; phone banking; club and caucus meetings; sign-making parties for rallies, and so much more. Contact our fabulous front desk volunteers or myself to join us, or to reserve space for your event.  

We continue to train new volunteers, and happily welcome two interns from Pima Community College and the U of A.  (We also now have an HQ mascot: a shy desert lizard that hangs out under the bougainvillea)!  

Don’t forget to check our calendar for events at HQ and throughout the county.