At our August meeting, Merrill Eisenberg gave a thorough and inspiring presentation about the Outlaw Dirty Money ballot initiative. A pizza party followed, where we enjoyed socializing and learning more about each other. Our PCs are busy welcoming newly registered Democrats in their precincts, and circulating ODM petitions and petitions for candidates of their choice. We’re also ramping up to begin inviting selected independent voters to register as Democrats for the Presidential Preference Election.
It’s been a hot summer
for voter registration! Teams have been trying out new ideas, partnering
with other LDs, and the Field Team 6 organization. LD9 teams tried voter registration
at laundromats in July, which they’ll repeat in September or October.
Field Team 6, led by LD11’s
Gil Wier, held two “First Day of School” events. The PCC event covered
four campuses and generated 81 registrations. The U of A event was also a
big success, generating 91 registrations.
LD9 Voter Registration team extended the events with two additional days at PCC and one at U of A. The U of A scored an additional 10 registrations.
We welcome volunteers
from all LDs, clubs and caucuses. Planning a voter-registration event? Contact
Mary Keerins LapisAZ@outlook.com or Ellen Toigo firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll publicize it to our VR Volunteer email
list. We would also love to hear your ideas for events.
Training – The LD9 Training Team has been working with PCDP’s Education Committee to create a calendar of trainings to be held at HQ and other locations. Stay tuned for a calendar of exciting trainings for PCs and volunteers.
And Then They Came for Us – This exciting film event sold out 100 seats, but we’re planning another film event for January.
September 8 – Precinct
We will launch LD9’s
strategy for electing Democrat Regina Romero Tucson’s mayor!
LD11 has been working with Field Team 6 to register voters in Tucson and the surrounding area. We have held two 2 day events, the latest being on July 22 and July 23. Gil Wier from our Voter Registration and Contact Issue Action Committee coordinated the events and he reports that a total of 234 forms for voters have been submitted to the Pima County Recorders Office.
We are forming a new Issue Action Committee in LD11 on Healthcare. To kick off the committee, we had Dr. Randy Friese speak at our June meeting. There was great response and we had several people sign up to be on the new committee. At our July meeting Greer Warren is giving a talk on AZ Civics 101. We have encouraged PC’s to bring younger people to learn about how AZ government works.
We are planning our first LD11 and clubs Social Hour on August 1 right after the debates. The event will be at the Overlook restaurant at the Oro Valley Community center. This is a great way for PC’s and members of our eight district democratic clubs to meet and mingle and share thoughts on how to best turn out Democratic voters in our district. We plan to have another one in a few months for our Pinal County PC’s in Maricopa or Casa Grande.
July is traditionally a slow month in Tucson, but LD10
Democrats have been ramping up our efforts to get Democrats elected. We’re hot,
In early July, volunteers sent letters welcoming 485
newly-registered Democrats in our LD, suggesting ways to get involved with LD10
Democrats. The project included a “Letters to New Voters Mailing Party,”
which drew 27 participants.
Our July “Hoppy” Hour fundraiser at Hop
Street Lounge, 7215 E. 22nd St., was a great success. We sold approximately 90
tickets, and everyone enjoyed the atmosphere, beers and wines. A big “thank you’’
to everyone who attended, bought raffle tickets, and bid on silent-auction
items. Your generosity is so appreciated! If you’re in the neighborhood be sure
to check out Hop Street Lounge – and support local businesses!
Congratulations to Karen Randolph, who won the Grand
Raffle Prize of a Tucson Staycation at the Downtown Clifton Hotel, tickets to a
production of the Arizona Theater Company, and gift cards.
In July, LD10 Democrats began working on our
volunteer-recruitment project. Our goal is to recruit enough volunteers to
effectively canvass all of LD10 in 2020. The first step was a “Develop
Your Personal Story” training, which drew 14 participants. Volunteers learned
how to use personal experiences to connect with potential volunteers and
voters. Two Volunteer Recruitment Training classes followed, one drawing 22
people, another 23. These trainings covered the best practices for recruiting new
Finally, on July 30, LD10 Democrats will host a
presidential primary debate watch party at PCDP headquarters aimed at
attracting local Democrats and introducing them to LD10 Democrats and what we
In August, we will shift gears and conduct a “ballot
chase’’ project for the City of Tucson primary election. At 6 pm on Tuesday,
August 6, we’ll hold a class at PCDP headquarters on how to chase ballots. The
following two Tuesdays – August 13 and 20 – there will be 6 pm ballot chase
events at HQ that combine training and phone banks. LD10 Democrats volunteers will
contact targeted voters in their precincts to encourage them to mail in their
ballots. This project will help get sporadic voters into the habit of voting
regularly, and give LD10 Democrats valuable experience in conducting a
coordinated voter-contact campaign.
LD 9 chair Kim Holaway has a quick update of upcoming events you might want to attend.
August 15 Social 7-8:30 am – hosted by Brian Bickel, LD 9 treasurer and candidate for Pima County Treasurer. Tucson Mall 4500 N. Oracle. Meet at the Starbucks near the Food Court.
Sept 7 “And Then They Came for Us” 6:30 – 9:00 pm – PCDP Headquarters, 4639 E. First Street. You will not want to miss this Highly Acclaimed Film and the following discussion. “Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it. The film includes footage of Japanese Americans who were imprisoned, making the obvious connection between the ways Japanese were portrayed during World War II and how Muslims are currently being portrayed.” Film by Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider Featuring George Takei. Sponsored by LD9 and the PCDP and The Asian American Pacific Island Caucus. $5 Suggested Donation.