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Volunteer Spotlight | Sami Hamed

Volunteer Spotlight | Sami Hamed

- What are some of your favorite parts of volunteering here in the office? I enjoy the interaction with the people that want to be Democrats and/or want to get involved in making change in our state and community. The talent and positive energy that our party has...

Help us make calls!

Help us make calls!

Volunteer at HQ According to a new voter registration report, there are 254,320 registered Democrats in Pima County; that’s about 14% of the total number of Arizona Democrats! 18,540 of those Democrats in Pima are consider to be “inactive” and are now at risk of being...

Meet Volunteer Patti Bersbach

Meet Volunteer Patti Bersbach

Patti is a born and raised Tucsonan who, after attending the University of Arizona, became a pharmacist. She always kept up with politics, but the “chaos and insanity of 2016” brought Patti to the PCDP Headquarters, and she’s been volunteering ever since, making calls and answering the office phone. Although she’s learned a lot from working here over the last five years, Patti says that her favorite part about volunteering is really the people she has met while working in the office. Even though it is quiet for the time being, there is still plenty to do. We are so grateful for all the (socially distanced) work Patti has continued to do in preparation for PCDP to re-open!

Meet Volunteer Maria Parsons

Meet Volunteer Maria Parsons

Maria has been volunteering with the party for a few years now, and has been one of the first to jump back onboard to help out in the office with daily tasks! Her bright smile and organizational skills have helped us tidy up our physical and virtual spaces, and we are...

Meet Your Second Vice Chair | Kalyanaraman Bharathan

Meet Your Second Vice Chair | Kalyanaraman Bharathan

Chennai, India, is more than 9,000 miles from Tucson, but Kalyanraman Bharathan made the trip in 1988, after years of researching and teaching economics.

Not& satisfied with a PhD in Economics, Bharathan enrolled at the U of A. He earned an M.S. in Systems Engineering, then launched his career at a small business in Tucson, “building an expert system that diagnosed for incipient stuttering among young children,’’ he explained.

Meet First Vice Chair Nathan Davis

Meet First Vice Chair Nathan Davis

By Richard Wiebe
Truth be told, middle-school teacher Nathan Davis would prefer sitting on the Amphi School District Governing Board. He missed by just .25 percent of 120,000 votes in the four-way Amphi race, but with some gentle arm twisting by Chair Bonnie Heidler and former Chair Alison Jones, he ran for PCDP First Vice Chair.

“Bonnie and I see eye-to-eye on the key issues facing PCDP, and I hope to help PCDP grow in influence and reach even more voters,’’ Nathan said. “Local, state and national elections will be here before you know it.”

Meet Zoey Fife, PCDP Recording Secretary

Meet Zoey Fife, PCDP Recording Secretary

The role of Recording Secretary is vital to every organization, and the Pima County Democratic Party is no exception. Zoey Fife was appointed to that job last August and elected to the post at PCDP’s annual meeting in November.

In addition to taking minutes at monthly meetings, Zoey enjoys pitching in with PCDP events, like the Udall dinner and the mayor’s inaugural luncheon.
When events come off without a hitch, I feel like something important was accomplished,” she said. “I look forward to the day we can safely meet in person and celebrate our hard work through the pandemic.”

Volunteer Spotlight | Joanie Allison

Volunteer Spotlight | Joanie Allison

By Richard Wiebe

 Golfers Joanie and Jim Allison grew to love Tucson during their February visits to Dove Mountain’s Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament. When asked about her proficiency as a golfer, Joanie would only say the greenskeepers of Alexandria, VA, celebrated when the Allisons retired to Tucson in 2012.

Joanie leads Thursday’s morning and afternoon volunteer crews at PCDP headquarters. Now working from home, she returns phone calls and answers questions about everything from voter registration to road repair. Her favorite calls are inquiries about registering as a Democrat.

 “I enjoy interacting with the public, and I look forward to returning to the office and our merry band of volunteers,” she said.  “Alison and Cat are so supportive. We all learn from each other, but Alison and Cat are special.”

Volunteer Spotlight | Melody Prentice

Volunteer Spotlight | Melody Prentice

by Richard Wiebe Volunteer coordinator Melody Prentice offered to help the Pima County Democratic Party for the same reason most of us volunteered. “It’s the ‘Trump Thing,’” she said. “When he was elected, I knew I had to do whatever I could to limit the damage he’s...

Meet Your Treasurer, Maggie Winchell

Meet Your Treasurer, Maggie Winchell

By Richard Wiebe Midwesterners Maggie and Peter Winchell made Tucson their home for the same reasons many of us do: warm weather, warm people, and tamales that don’t come in a can. The Winchell family had ties to Tucson before making the Catalina Foothills home in...

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