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Press Release | Regarding Chair Bronson’s comments directed at County Recorder Cázares-Kelly.

TUCSON – PCDP Chair, Bonnie Heidler released the following statement on April 12th, 2022.

Dear Pima County Supervisors,

I and other Party leaders have learned that our County Recorder and her staff experienced treatment by Supervisors’ Chair Bronson that was demeaning and hurtful. The fact that Ms. Bronson was a White woman demeaning an Indigenous woman raised the specter of racism, increasing the pain. We have reviewed videos of the meetings in which the behavior in question occurred. As Democrats, we are committed to our bedrock value that all people, no matter who we are, our color or race or where we come from, have the human right to be treated with respect. In violating that principle, Chairwoman Bronson’s behavior, whether racially, politically, or personally motivated, is unacceptable.

Chairwoman Bronson’s treatment of Recorder Cázares-Kelly was extensively discussed at two successive Executive Committee meetings of the Pima County Democratic Party. The Committee authorized me on April 4, 2022, to write to the Board of Supervisors to express our anger, dismay, and disappointment with this behavior, and to ask the Chairwoman to comply with the standards of appropriate conduct found in the Pima County Ethics Guide which prohibits demeaning employees.

We call upon the Board of Supervisors to support the Recorder and hold Ms. Bronson accountable for her behavior. We urge you to take appropriate and corrective actions to repair the injury caused to public confidence in Recorder Cázares-Kelly, her department, the Pima County government, and especially those in our diverse community who aspire to public service.

My own view in this painful instance is that mutual respect and accountability for all parties requires speaking directly and honestly with one another and listening. To pull together as the multiracial, and multicultural community that we are, we owe this to ourselves. To demean people who are working hard to meet their responsibilities is unacceptable, especially when the sting of White Supremacy will be felt whether intended or not.

Our Recorder and her staff are doing excellent work moving us toward better voting access for all Pima County voters. I strongly suggest that we recognize this accomplishment, and give the support needed to successfully complete it. I urge that we all undertake the difficult and direct conversations needed to come together in our efforts.


Respectfully,

Bonnie Heidler
Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party

copy of this letter as PDF

Pima County Board of Supervisors Meeting – Feb 15, 2022
with Vote Center Presentation
Pima County Board of Supervisors Meeting – March 1, 2022
2:25:10 Chair Bronson requests our elected Recorder should consult with the former Recorder for advice.

Volunteer Spotlight | Pat Canady

Volunteer Spotlight | Pat Canady

After decades of hard work and political organization here in Tucson, Pat Canady is leaving Arizona to be closer to her family in Connecticut.

Canady has been a PC for twenty years in what is now Precinct 218, and has been incredibly active in the party. She served on the state committee for five years, and was Vice Chair of LD 30 (now LD 10). She was also an elected delegate for President Obama’s 2008 convention, and because of her volunteer work, was one of three volunteers in the state invited to the White House Christmas party, and met with both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama face to face. While in DC in 2010, she had coffee with Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

Over the years, she has worked with many local campaigns, including Kirsten Engel, Nikki Lee, and Regina Romero, and has been involved in nearly every level of state government. She has loved the people she’s met and worked with dearly, and wants to thank her husband and family for their support and hard work.

The Pima County Democratic Party is incredibly grateful for all her years of service to her community, and wishes her the best of luck in Connecticut! We’ll miss you Pat!

LD Re-organization Meetings

Please check the map below to see what LD your address is now within. Some of the Old LD’s have changed significantly, some have not.

Old LD NumberNew Ld NumberMeeting DateTimeZoom LinkNotes
4233/8/20226:00 PMregister hereOrganized by Maricopa
10/11**173/16/20226:30 PMregister hereOrganized by Pima
9183/22/20226:30 PMregister hereOrganized by Pima
3203/28/20226:00 PMregister hereOrganized by Pima
14194/2/202212:00 PMregister hereOrganized by Pima
2*214/2/202210:00 AMregister hereOrganized by Pima
11**164/14/20226:00 PMregister hereOrganized by Pinal
Additional Info Session163/12/20222:00 PMlearn more
Additional Info Session164/2/20222:00 PMlearn more

*If you live in Green Valley or East Sahuarita in LD2, you are probably now in LD19

**If you live in Oro Valley, Marana, Saddlebrooke, or Northern Picture Rocks in LD11, you are now in LD17

Not sure which district you are in? Remember the borders changed! Check the map below.

Is the map not working for you? Here is the link!

PC Elections 2022

The term for all currently elected or appointed PCs ends on October 1, 2022.

To be elected to the next 2-year term (beginning October 1, 2022), you’ll need to complete the paperwork for PC elections and submit it as described below.

Only elected PCs can vote at the County or LD Biennial Organization meetings in December 2022, and only elected PCs may be candidates for Party office or Arizona State Democratic Committeeperson at those meetings. The information below contains the paperwork you’ll need to be listed as a PC candidate in 2022. This will be essentially an election by acclamation. We expect to submit nominations that are equal to or less than the total number of PC allotments for each precinct, to avoid having August 4th ballots with PC candidates. Each LD will be tracking the process carefully and providing any help you need.

How to prepare your Nomination Paper and Partisan Nomination Petition

There are two forms you will need to complete: The Nomination Paper and the (double-sided) Nomination Petition. To sign your petition, a voter must be 1) registered in your precinct, and 2) registered as either a Democrat, Independent, No Party Affiliation, or a political party that is not qualified for representation on the ballot.

  • Your Partisan Nomination Form requires 10 signatures from registered voters who meet the criteria listed above.
  • You can sign your own petition, as can any registered voter in your household who meets the criteria listed above.
  • You can sign your fellow precinct PCs’ nominating petitions and they can sign yours.

Complete all information and sign the Nomination Paper. Complete all information on both sides of the Nomination Petition, including 10 eligible signers and your (or your circulator’s) information and signature on the back. Don’t forget your name, address and precinct number on the top of the petition signatures page.

Mistakes happen. If you must cross out a line on your petition, no problem: create a new line in the space at the bottom of the petition page so you have 10 eligible signatures.

Questions? Need a new form or another walk list? Please reach out to your LD contact listed below.

All finished? Thank you! IMPORTANT: please DO NOT STAPLE the Petition and Paper together. You may use a paper clip or just submit them together as instructed below.

How to return your completed, signed, Nomination Paper and Nomination Petition

LD2:

Bring to your LD2 Chair, or mail to PCDP Headquarters, by March 25. 4639 E 1st St. Tucson, AZ 85711. Questions, replacement forms or walk list: legdist2dems@gmail.com

LD3, 11:

Bring to your LD Chair, or mail to PCDP Headquarters, by March 25. 4639 E 1st St. Tucson, AZ 85711

Questions, replacement forms or walk list: contact your LD Chair or Secretary.

LD9:

Bring to your LD Chair, or mail to PCDP Headquarters, by March 25. 4639 E 1st St. Tucson, AZ 85711.

You can also mail your completed forms to Susan Bickel, 3732 E Guthrie Mountain Pl. Tucson, AZ 85718

If you have questions, need replacement forms or walk lists: contact Susan Bickel, 520-559-3904, susanbickel@hotmail.com

LD10:

Mail to Gail Kamaras: 7570 E Speedway Blvd #447, Tucson 85710 | demsvote130@gmail.com | 520-405-6973

LDs 4 and 14:

Mail to PCDP Headquarters, by March 25. 4639 E 1st St. Tucson, AZ 85711.

If you have questions, need replacement forms or walk lists: contact corrsecretary@pimadems.org

PCDP Fellowship | Spring 2022

PCDP Fellowship | Spring 2022

Start Date: January 24th

End Date: May 4th

Hourly rate: $15

Hours per week: 20 (max)

The Pima County Democratic Party is looking for Democrats with a passion for local politics and/or previous political work experience to apply for a paid internship with us this spring. Here at PCDP, our mission is to support and elect local Democratic leaders who will work to enact our platform and will represent the people of Pima County in the state and federal legislatures.

Join us as we set up the stage for the 2022 elections, and see the inner workings of the Pima Democratic Party, local government, and political office first hand!

Each position will require working 20 hours per week. All four positions are paid. If you choose to apply for more than one position, you must submit separate cover letters for each position.

Fundraising Fellowship (2 Available)

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift
  • Assist the Director with planning and recruiting for fundraising events.
  • Minimum 5 hours required every week of fundraising call time.
  • Manage fundraising stewardship (i.e. Thank you cards, checking in with donors, etc).
  • Assist the Director with designing and sending targeted fundraising email series using fundraising database software such as NGP.
  • Assist the Director with the general fundraising plan for the first and second fiscal quarters.
  • Attend any relevant finance committee meetings.

PREFERRED

  • Previous experience with fundraising database software such as NGP.
  • Previous fundraising experience.
  • Local Tucson knowledge.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Registered to vote as a Democrat in Pima County.
    • Exception: Pima residents authorized to work in the US who are not US citizens. Must demonstrate a commitment to the values of the Democratic party.
  • Able to be in the office during shifts.

This is a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

Communications Fellowship

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Attending communications team meetings.
  • Working directly with PCDP Corresponding Secretary to ensure that all communications projects are on track.
  • Assist the Director with planning weekly, biweekly, and monthly newsletters directed at targeted audiences.
    • Also assist with creating email series for first-time subscribers.
    • All emails will be sent using NGP7/NGP8.
  • Assist the Director with general communications planning and strategizing.
  • Periodically updating the PCDP website.
  • Using PCDP Website Manager’s Graphics Guidance to create images that promote various events and campaigns. 

PREFERRED

  • Previous experience with political communications.
  • Previous experience with the NGP data system (either the 7 or 8 version).
  • Local Tucson knowledge.
  • Spanish-speaking

REQUIREMENTS

  • Registered to vote as a Democrat in Pima County.
    • Exception: Pima residents authorized to work in the US who are not US citizens. Must demonstrate a commitment to the values of the Democratic party.
  • Exceptional organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Able to be in the office during shifts.

This is a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

Field Fellowship 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Minimum 10 hours required every week of volunteer recruitment call time.
  • Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Plan and recruit for events to make calls, register voters, and canvass neighborhoods.
  • Able to train and launch volunteers at events.
  • Use the voter database to schedule and track active volunteer shifts.
  • Alert the Operations Coordinator if more supplies are needed for events.
  • Stay up to date on events that provide opportunities for PCDP exposure and fieldwork.
  • Assist staff as needed.

PREFERRED

  • Previous experience with political campaigns and/or community outreach projects.
  • Previous experience with the VAN data system.
  • Local Tucson knowledge.
  • Spanish-speaking

REQUIREMENTS

  • Registered to vote as a Democrat in Pima County.
    • Exception: Pima residents authorized to work in the US who are not US citizens. Must demonstrate a commitment to the values of the Democratic party.
  • Exceptional organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Able to be in the office during shifts.

This is a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.


PCDP Fellowship | Spring 2022

PCDP Internships | Spring 2022

Start Date: January 24th

End Date: May 4th

Not paid

Available for high school or college credit

The Pima Democratic Party is looking for dedicated students with a passion for local politics to intern with us this Spring. Here at PCDP, our mission is to support and elect local Democratic leaders who will work to enact our platform and will represent the people of Pima County in the state and federal legislatures.

Join us as we set up the stage for the 2022 elections, and see the inner workings of the Pima Democratic Party, local government, and political office first hand!

To complete for credit, you must submit the number of hours you will need to complete to the Director. You will be responsible for completing those required hours for your area of study. These are not paid positions. If you choose to apply for all three positions, you must submit separate cover letters.

Operations Intern (minimum 10 hours per week)

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Checking in and out with the Operations Coordinator at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Know all office policies and procedures regarding the office phone, technology, petitions, and visitors to the office.
  • Use knowledge of office policies and procedures to manage volunteers helping in the office.
  • Monitor office supplies and alert the Director about gaps in inventory.
  • Keep the office clean and organized.
  • Organize clean up events to maintain the building (e.g. pulling weeds in the backyard).
  • Assist the Operations Coordinator with volunteer recruitment, scheduling, and confirmation.
  • Use the voter database to schedule and track office volunteer shifts.
  • Assist staff as needed.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a student residing in Pima County (you do not need to be a US citizen).
  • If you will be 18 on or before the next election, you must be registered to vote as a Democrat.
  • Genuine interest in local politics and/or volunteer management.
  • Able to be in the office building during volunteer shifts.

This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to opscoordinator@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

Field Intern (minimum 10 hours per week)

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Minimum 5 hours required every week of volunteer recruitment call time
  • Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Plan and recruit for events to make calls, register voters, and canvass neighborhoods.
  • Able to train and launch volunteers at events.
  • Use the voter database to schedule and track active volunteer shifts.
  • Alert the Operations Coordinator if more supplies are needed for events.
  • Stay up to date on events that provide opportunities for PCDP exposure and fieldwork.
  • Assist staff as needed.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a student residing in Pima County (you do not need to be a US citizen).
  • If you will be 18 on or before the next election, you must be registered to vote as a Democrat.
  • Genuine interest in local politics and/or managing political campaigns.
  • Able to be in the office building at least 5 hours per week.

This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

Social Media Intern (minimum 8 hours per week)

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Create and share content for social media platforms with the PCDP communications team.
  • Attend PCDP communications meetings.
  • Help PCDP communications team plan and launch social media content.
  • Stay up to date on events that provide opportunities for PCDP social media exposure.
  • Attend PCDP events to take photos for social media.
  • Assist PCDP communications team as needed.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a student residing in Pima County (you do not need to be a US citizen).
  • If you will be 18 on or before the next election, you must be registered to vote as a Democrat.
  • Genuine interest in local politics and/or creating social media content for political campaigns.
  • You can complete this internship virtually if needed.

This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

● Able to be in the office building during volunteer shifts.
This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to
opscoordinator@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.
Field Intern (minimum 10 hours per week)
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Minimum 5 hours required every week of volunteer recruitment call time
● Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
● Plan and recruit for events to make calls, register voters, and canvass neighborhoods.
● Able to train and launch volunteers at events.
● Use the voter database to schedule and track active volunteer shifts.
● Alert the Operations Coordinator if more supplies are needed for events.
● Stay up to date on events that provide opportunities for PCDP exposure and fieldwork.
● Assist staff as needed.
REQUIREMENTS
● Be a student residing in Pima County (you do not need to be a US citizen).
● If you will be 18 on or before the next election, you must be registered to vote as a
Democrat.
● Genuine interest in local politics and/or managing political campaigns.
● Able to be in the office building at least 5 hours per week.
This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to
director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.
Social Media Intern (minimum 8 hours per week)
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
● Create and share content for social media platforms with the PCDP communications
team.
● Attend PCDP communications meetings.
● Help PCDP communications team plan and launch social media content.
● Stay up to date on events that provide opportunities for PCDP social media exposure.
● Attend PCDP events to take photos for social media.
● Assist PCDP communications team as needed.
REQUIREMENTS
● Be a student residing in Pima County (you do not need to be a US citizen).
● If you will be 18 on or before the next election, you must be registered to vote as a
Democrat.● Genuine interest in local politics and/or creating social media content for political
campaigns.
● You can complete this internship virtually if needed.
This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to
director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

PCDP Committee Meeting

PCDP Committee Meeting

Remember meeting in person?

by Morgan Graham, PCDP Recording Secretary

The Pima County Democratic Party held a County Committee Meeting on August 21, 2021.  Due to increased COVID-19 cases the meeting was held virtually, yet again.  Even though it was virtual there was a good turn out of attendees.  Technical issues are now part of the virtual world we live in and unfortunately the meeting was not without issues, but everyone persevered to take care of business.  Election Buddy was in full effect with the committee voting on proposed bylaws revisions, proposed platform revisions and for PCDP First Vice Chair, Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary.  All of the proposed revisions to the bylaws and platform passed.  Brian Bickel was elected as Treasurer, Zoey Fife was elected as First Vice Chair, and Maria Parsons was elected as Corresponding Secretary. 

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