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.
What’s Been Happening in LD10 Bonnie Heidler, Chair
Jonathan Rothschild spoke about “City Progress and the Challenges that Lie
Ahead,” at LD 10’s June meeting, highlighting his administration’s
accomplishments. It was especially interesting to hear about the challenges
that lie ahead as we approach the city election in November.
Our voter outreach
program continues to go well. We’d been talking up the mayor’s appearance while
doing outreach, which brought several new people to our meeting. We also held a
successful canvass on June 1, before the LD10 Town Hall. Twenty-seven people
showed up to canvass. We canvassed again on June 22 with Nikki Lee’s Tucson
City Council Ward 4 campaign.
to sign up for our July fundraiser, “Hoppy Hour,” 3 pm-6 pm on July 20, at Hop
Street Lounge, 7215 E. 22nd St. Tickets are $20 for three flights of beer or
wine; $25 for four flights. There will be food, games, and a silent action. All
of the city election candidates, and LD10 “elected,’’ will be there, so you can
meet and talk with them in a relaxed social setting. Come join us for an
afternoon of fun.
To hear more about everything happening in LD10, come to our general meetings on the third Wednesday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. Social time: 6 pm; business meeting 6:30 pm – 8 pm. We won’t meet in July. Our next general meeting is August 21, during which we will present our LD10 Voter Registration Call to Action plan.
July PCDP Disability Caucus Report Sue Kroeger
The Democratic Disability Caucus held its monthly
meeting at DIRECT Center for Independence on June 13. After a short business
meeting, the Caucus hosted a mayoral forum. Randi Dorman, Steve Farley and Regina
Romero are running in the Aug. 27 primary. All three candidates appeared and
responded to questions from moderator Zach Coble concerning paratransit,
accessible housing and playgrounds, ADA compliance, paths of travel – sidewalks
and curb cuts – Medicare for All, and disability-awareness training for first
responders. Responding to audience questions, the candidates expressed support
for increasing accessibility and creating welcoming environments for all
disabled people, including people with cognitive, psychiatric, and chronic
health conditions. They said that they would like to continue meeting with the
disability community to better understand its issues and concerns.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
We’re planning to move LD11’s monthly meetings around
our enormous district, which encompasses 2,000 square miles.
“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
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.
Pima County Democrats were present and abundant at the 81st Annual Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo and Fair in Sells, AZ! The Rodeo and Fair is usually held over the first weekend in February and is the largest social event for the Tohono O’odham Nation. This three-day event draws nearly 10,000 people every year!
The big weekend begins with an early Saturday morning parade through Sells, and ends Sunday at midnight with a concert on the fairgrounds. There is an all-Indian rodeo, traditional games, singing and dancing, a Battle of the Bands featuring waila music, powwow, a basketball tournament, an exhibit hall, concerts, a carnival, and food, food, and more food.
This year, riding or walking alongside the parade float of Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward Manuel, Vice-Chairman Verlon Jose and other tribal dignitaries, were PCDP Chair Alison Jones, LD 3 Sen. Sally Ann Gonzalez, Pima Community College Board Member Luis Gonzales, Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, and Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman.
teamed up with a local community organization, Indivisible Tohono, to table at
the fairgrounds. Community members had the opportunity to play a Plinko game to
win stickers, buttons or candy by naming their federal, state or tribal
representatives. Visitors enjoyed the game and prizes,
and many enthusiastically shared
their frustrations with the current political climate.
Issues that constituents brought to
the table included the border wall, the increased militarization of
Tohono O’odham lands, the federal-government
shutdown’s impact in Indian Country, the
concern for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), and voting rights for
Mark it in your calendar for next year! Everyone is welcome!