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Notes From The Chair | Nov 1 2022

By Bonnie Heidler 

We are now in the home stretch—the 2022 General Election is just a week away. All the LDs are busy contacting voters to get out and vote. Voter turnout in this midterm election is essential for Democrats to win up and down the ballot.

But the Republicans don’t want you to vote. Voter intimidation is up.

  • All the County Democratic Chairs received a threatening letter from a group called “Ben Sent U.S.” saying “We will be watching” along with calling us traitors and you know what they do with traitors.
  • Mark Finchem, who wants to have control over the election process, as Secretary of State, posted on Facebook on October 14 “My message for Pima County @justfollowthelaw. We will be watching.” Notice the exact wording from the threatening letter was repeated.
  • In Mesa, masked men dressed in tactical gear, carrying guns were patrolling near a drop box.
  • Several lawsuits were filed against the organizations that are doing this voter intimidation. Predictably, a federal judge appointed by Trump ruled that the actions did not reach the level of voter intimidation…they were just “exercising their First Amendment rights.” By law, voter intimidation is whatever a voter says it is. If you feel threatened by gun wielding men near a drop box, that is the VERY definition of voter intimidation. The ruling is being appealed.

We must keep focused on the mission to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. We must continue to point out what President Biden has done in almost two years, against great odds and without Republicans who refuse to support any of President Biden’s agenda. The Republicans have been VERY clear as to what they plan to do if they are in charge again.

  • They promise to remove what they consider “entitlements” and stop the Debt Ceiling from passing in order to do it. Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are NOT entitlements. Anyone who is employed and having taxes taken out of their paycheck pays contributions into these funds. We earned that money.
  • They plan to remove most recently enacted acts like the Inflation Reduction Act which lowers prescription drug costs for seniors, if Republicans take the House and/or Senate.
  • And, instead of governing, they want to vindictively impeach President Biden and start investigations that will cost taxpayers a lot of money for NO GOOD REASON.

If they get into power, democracy is gone. We CANNOT let that happen. We need to have faith that voters won’t elect these extremists. 

November will be reorganization month for all the Legislative Districts, when new party leaders are elected at the LD level. On Saturday, December 10, PCDP will also be electing a new Executive Committee. Only elected PCs are allowed to vote in reorganization meetings.

As we enter into the Holiday season, I’m thankful for all of the work you all are doing to educate your friends, fund campaigns and get out the vote!

PCDP Statement on Pima County reinstating of (territorial) abortion ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

September 23, 2022

TUCSON – PCDP CHAIR, BONNIE HEIDLER released the following statement on a Pima County superior court judge’s reinstatement of a pre-statehood (Territorial) abortion ban.

A Pima County judge ruled on Friday afternoon to lift a 1973 court injunction against a territorial era Arizona abortion ban. This ruling reinstates the pre-statehood law banning abortion in all cases (even rape and incest), with only one exception – the life of the mother. 

This law, passed in an era when women wore corsets and were not allowed to vote, would mandate two to five years in prison for abortion providers. Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson said in her ruling that since “the legal basis,” which was Roe v. Wade, for the injunction has been overruled, “it must vacate the judgment in its entirety.”

The Pima County Democratic Party is outraged by today’s decision by the Pima County Superior Court to allow this territorial ban on abortion to take effect. As we have already seen across the nation, this draconian step backwards will result in the death of Arizona citizens. Our loved ones will die, and our families will be traumatized forever. 

Abortion is healthcare. One in four women, and their doctors will choose abortion – for a million possible reasons. Not ONE of these reasons is the business of the government. This ruling is a giant and terrifying new reality for all Arizonans. When a person’s autonomy over their body is taken from them, they are not free. We are not free. 

Though we know the Republicans intend to pursue a national ban on all abortion, currently the abortion issue is now up to the states to decide. We must take swift action and unite to protect our rights. It is up to us in Pima County to protect our neighbors, friends and families. Vote only for candidates who will defend our right to make decisions about our own bodies. Ballots will be mailed on October 12th, 2022 – and early voting will begin. Vote your whole ballot, from bottom to top, from back to front. 

Tenth Annual Udall Dinner

Tenth Annual Udall Dinner

Thanks to everyone who participated, this was a wonderful event!

tenth annual udall dinner and spirit of arizona awards september 17th 2022 at 6pm graphic featuring keynote speaker adrian fontes

Arizona is a battleground state for the 2022 midterms, as well as ground zero for conspiracy theories and false claims of election fraud. Many of the key players involved in the January 6th Insurrection live in our own backyard.

Now more than ever, we must fight for the truth in order to preserve democracy.

Support the Pima County Democratic Party by joining us on September 17th at the Desert Diamond Casino for our 2022 Udall Dinner, as we rally our energy and fill the coffers to fight for our Democracy!

Adrian Fontes, our nominee for Secretary of State, is our keynote speaker.

5:30 pm Registration
5:45 pm Doors Open
6:30 pm Event Begins

Individual tickets are $150 each.

Dress code is Black-Tie Optional.

Champion

10 Seats
VIP Reception
Full Page Ad

$10,000

Defender

10 Seats
VIP Reception
Full Page Ad

$5,000

Guardian

10 Seats
2 tickets to VIP Reception
Half Page Ad

$3,000

Protector

10 Seats
1/4 Page Ad
 

$1,800

Torch Bearer

Support Activists!
We will award 2 tickets to deserving volunteers
¼ Page Ad

$500

Your delicious dinner options are:

Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Entree

Napoleon Tofu Stack with Red Peppers Coulis Sauce and Tricolor Quinoa

Old Pueblo Chicken

Grilled Cilantro Lime Marinated Chicken Breast with Roasted
Green Chilies and Melted Cheese with Ancho Crema, Spanish Arrozo Con Elote and Seasonal Vegetables

Slow Roasted Pot Roast

with Carrots, Savory Juices, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Seasonal Vegetables

if you haven’t yet specified your choice, please email director@pimadems.org with your name, table and dinner preference.

With thanks to our Champion Sponsor
The Tohono O’Odham Nation

Appreciation for support from Defenders

Bill & Alice Roe

Thank You Guardian Sponsors

Gratitude for Support from Protectors

Gabriella Cázares-Kelly
Laura Conover
George & Margie Cunningham
Gray Matters
Jonathan Rothschild

Thank you Torch Bearers for your support

Stanley Feldmam

John Yoakum

details below

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.


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