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LD11 Update – August 2019

LD11 Update – August 2019

From Steve Witthoeft, LD11 Chair

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.

LD Updates | June 2019

LD Updates | June 2019

Legislative District 2
Michele Manos, Chair

LD2 Dems has a new Chair, Michele Manos and a new 1st Vice Chair, George McGaughey. 

Our Committee continues its “Act Locally” efforts to support our PCs in establishing and maintaining relationships with the Democrats in their neighborhood territory. A top priority is welcoming newly registered voters (with a visit or call) within 6 weeks of each VAN update, and we’ll collaborate with the Democrats of the Santa Rita Area to send welcome letters to selected new voters. We’re planning, in the fall, to begin approaching independent voters who participated in the 2018 Democratic primary to encourage them to register as Democrats in order to vote in the March PPE.

We are formulating our “LD2 Outreach” program to reach precincts that are understaffed or have no PCs, and to create a District Committee that is more reflective of our constituents. As a start, we’ll be attending local events, hosting informal gatherings and going to the doors of new voters to welcome them.

Legislative District 9
Kim Holaway, Chair

The current Quarterly Theme for LD9 is: Precinct Building and Voter Engagement.The PC and Volunteer Committee has identified precinct leaders for approximately 30 of our 57 precincts. We had our first Precinct leader meeting on May 19 with nearly 30 leaders attending. Strategies and ideas for PC recruitment and voter registration were discussed. We now have 200 PCs!

Party building activities are continuing with a Happy Hour at Tap and Bottle (Ina and Oracle) on Tuesday, June 4, 4-7pm. Be sure to check out the new LD9 t-shirts!!!

Rachel Cheeseman will be our featured speaker at our June meeting. She will be discussing Poverty in Pima County. Please join us on June 25 at 6:30-

Legislative District 10
Bonnie Heidler, Chair

LD10 met on May 15 at Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC).  Significant items on the agenda included:

  • Presented our Voter Outreach project.
  • Discussed our first Voter Outreach project of Voter Registration and had a brief high-level training.
  • Plan to have people at 4 libraries in LD10 every Saturday for 2 hours, as well as events and the DMV.
  • Discussed the need for volunteers at the Monastery.
  • Our next meeting will be on May 15 at UUC.  We will be discussing our Communications plan.

Legislative District 11
Steve Witthoeft, Chair

May was a busy month for LD11. We held our annual fundraiser on May 4 and raised a record sum for District 11. Our guest speakers were Mark Kelly and David Fitzsimmons. Alison Jones, PCDP Chair, also attended the event.

On May 19 we held our first PC Summit to train and inform PC’s, volunteers, and wannabe PC’s. Steve Farley was our guest speaker. An individual packet was custom designed for each attendee giving them Democratic talking points, a walk list of Democrats in their precinct, and information on LD11 demographics and election results for 2018. We signed up several new PC’s and each attendee filled out a pledge sheet to commit to a fixed number of hours per month they would volunteer at a variety of activities. Many also signed up for our four Issue Action Committees on Public Education, Voter Registration, Environment, and Legislative Outreach.

Last but not least, we worked with Field Team 6 to hold our first voter registration event in Tucson. We had over 20 local and several FT6 CA volunteers who were trained and hit various “hotspots” around Tucson. We were able to sign up 122 new Democratic voters in just 2 days. We plan to hold future registration events around southern AZ using the FT6 methodology. Thanks to Evelyn Lathram, Gil Wier, and our LD11 officers and PC’s for all the success.

LD  Updates | May, 2019

LD Updates | May, 2019

Sen. Andrea Dalessandro (LD2), Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon (LD2), Rep. Daniel Hernandez (LD2), Sen. Sally Ann Gonzales (LD3), Rep. Alma Hernandez (LD3) and Rep. Andres Cano (LD3) answer questions from constituents at the Candidate Forum hosted by LD2 and LD3

LD2 and LD3 Town Hall

By Barbra Tellman, LD 2 PC

On Sunday, May 28th, all six legislators from the two Legislative Districts spoke and answered questions from a 60-person audience at our combined Town Hall at the Valencia Library. They addressed a wide range of concerns, including education funding, dealing with violence and suicide, voting rights, public health, border issues, climate change, water, transportation, ERA, the proposed budget, and how citizens can and should influence the Legislature. Michele Manos, interim LD 2 chair, skillfully moderated the session.

LD 3’s new trifold brochure, in both English and Spanish, talks about the district, has voter- registration and election tips, and clearly states what the party stands for. Click here to download the Spanish version. Click here to download the English version. Copies are available from the LD and at PCDP Headquarters.

By Kim Holaway, Chair LD9

The PC and Volunteer Committee is identifying precinct leaders for each of our 57 precincts. We currently have 195 PCs, with a goal of 230 by year’s end. Precinct leaders are being trained to organize PCs and volunteers for activities related to our quarterly themes leading up to the 2020 election. Some precincts will “adopt” precincts that have no PCs.

Many precincts are thanking our fall 2018 “targeted” voters – those who didn’t vote in 2014 but did in 2016 – with door-to-door palm cards or postcards. Undoubtedly these targeted voters contributed to LD9’s high voter turnout.

Our Voter Registration Committee is identifying strategies for registering new voters through the fall. Current efforts include high school and community college students, new residents, special events, and specific locations. By winter, we’ll be emphasizing the Presidential Preference Election (PPE) and targeting voters registered as Independents (who’ll need to switch to Democrat to vote in the PPE).

About one-third of LD9 voters live in the City of Tucson. We’re encouraging them to attend city election and initiative events. Many of our PCs and volunteers are circulating Outlaw Dirty Money petitions and are involved in supporting the Pima County Preschool Investment Proposal and the Red for Ed movement.

We’re raising money through Blue Wave 2.0 recurring donations and LD9 t-shirt sales. The popular LD9 Happy Hours – a great way for new PCs to meet others in a relaxed setting – will continue. We collected donations for the Benedictine Monastery refugees at our last LD9 meeting.

Our next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. at Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Ave. Meetings feature speakers and state legislative updates. Please join us!

By Bonnie Heidler, Chair LD10

It has been a hectic first quarter in LD10, as we gear up to elect Democrats for Tucson’s mayor and city council. This is part of laying the groundwork for 2020: electing Democrats at the federal, state, and local level.

We launched our Voter Outreach program, designed to register voters, grow our volunteer base, and increase the number of PCs in LD10. We’re off to a good start on the latter, having added 16 during the first quarter of 2019, raising the total from 96 to 112. Our goal is to recruit 50 new PCs by the end of the year.

We also had a very successful fundraising event in March with LD9: our joint St. Patrick’s Day lunch. U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly, and the Tucson mayoral and city council candidates spoke. An all-woman Irish rock band played (led by PCDP’s executive director, Cat Ripley). We are now planning our July fundraiser: a beer tasting and silent auction.

Please join us at LD10’s monthly meeting, the third Wednesday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St., 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (social time 6 p.m.) Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will talk about his accomplishments as mayor and his vision for Tucson’s future at the May 15 meeting.

By Steve Witthoeft, Chair LD11

We have been busy in the first quarter of 2019 planning our annual LD11 fundraiser, which we held on May 4 in Sun City, Oro Valley. The theme was Cinco De Mayo. Speakers included U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly and Arizona Daily Star editorial cartoonist/humor writer, David Fitzsimmons. Look for a recap in the next newsletter.

In our efforts to increase voter registration, our Voter Action Committee has been working with a great group from Southern California, called Field Team 6, which helped turning Orange County blue. We will soon start holding events in various “hot spots,” and hope to register many new Democratic voters. As the registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats by 17,000 in our district, we need as many new Democrats as possible!

We are also planning our first PC Summit, on May 19 at the Oro Valley Library. The objective is to engage and train our PCs and recruit new ones. Steve Farley, candidate for Tucson Mayor, will give the keynote speech.

We’re planning to move LD11’s monthly meetings around our enormous district, which encompasses 2,000 square miles.

LD11 Update – August 2019

LD 11 Update | Feb, 2019

By Steve Witthoeft, Chair LD11

Steve Witthoeft

“LD11’s new officers are Steve Witthoeft, chair; Ralph Atchue, first vice chair; Catalina Hall, second vice chair; Kelly Taylor, recording secretary, and Evelyn Lathram, corresponding secretary and treasurer.  Paul Taylor and Warren Deming were elected to represent LD11 on the PCDP Executive Board.

At our January meeting, we established four new Issue Action Committees: Public Education, Environment, Voter Outreach and Registration, and Legislative Outreach. These committees will work with other LD’s, outside groups, and our eight Democratic clubs to stay informed and take action to advocate for their causes. The committees will educate our legislative candidates, other LD11 PC’s, and the communities within LD11, on issues relating to their committees. We also named two new Club Coordinators to make sure we are working with the Democratic clubs in our district.

Sarah Richardson from AZED101 will address our next meeting on how Arizona funds public education. We meet at 2 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at  the Wheeler Taft Abbett Library, 7800 N Schisler Lane, Marana.