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State Committee Meeting, Public Forum, and More

State Committee Meeting, Public Forum, and More

What a way to start the day!

Today we were joined at the PCDP office headquarters by more than 70 volunteers and staff from Pima County Democrats, Mission for Arizona, and the Arizona Democratic Party!

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped us launch this event so successfully! A special shoutout to our Volunteer Team Leaders Mary Ellen “Emi” Martinez, Chris Criley, Kathleen Edelman, and Margaret Lacey!

At 9am, we heard from AZ Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán, Pima County Party Chair Bonnie Heidler, and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick on the critical role of volunteers to turn out the vote in November. Now it is important for us to lay the groundwork so that when the right time arrives our efforts will efficiently turn out voters.

Left to right: ADP Chair Raquel Terán, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (2011 CD2), and PCDP Chair Bonnie Heidler

After hearing from our speakers, more than 20 canvassers launched from the office to go out and talk to Democrats about the midterms!

PCDP Chair Bonnie Heidler, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (2011 CD2), ADP Chair Raquel Terán, and Mission for Arizona volunteers and staff right before the 9am canvass launch

Then at 12pm the Arizona Democratic Party’s hybrid State Committee Meeting commenced. There were watch party locations all over the state, including here at the office where Democrats were invited to watch and participate.

During the State Committee Meeting, we also heard from Senator Mark Kelly and Britney Fonteno, the president of Arizona Planned Parenthood. They reiterated the urgency of what is happening throughout the country; the stakes have never been higher!

Finally, our Communications Director Shelly moderated a virtual Discussion 4 Democrats forum with Superintendent Kathy Hoffman. Superintendent Hoffman discussed the future of Arizona educators and took questions from the audience. You can watch the entire forum on our Discussion 4 Democracy page here.

With less than six months until the November election, today’s events re-energized Democrats all over the state! We are ready to buckle down and do the work that is needed. We ask that all Democrats in Pima County take a moment to think about how they can best support us, whether financially or through volunteering. Your engagement will increase the number of conversations that we have with voters in Pima County!

Click the links below

Volunteer in the PCDP office
Volunteer Opportunities

Discussion 4 Democracy | Corporation Commission Recording

Watch our virtual sit down with Corporation Commission candidate Lauren Kuby; Sandra Kennedy was unfortunately not able to make it. Please make sure that you tell your family and friends to vote for both Commissioner Kennedy AND candidate Kuby this year!

Constable Candidates Need Signatures!

There are lots of opportunities to help Constable candidates collect signatures this weekend!

These candidates need your help:

  • Kristel Ann Foster – Justice of Peace JP8
  • Deborah Martinez – Constable JP8
  • Esther Gonzalez – Constable JP2
  • Victoria Steele – Justice of Peace JP1

Signature Events 3/26 and 3/27

  1. Join Regina Romero this Saturday at Himmel Park to help collect signatures!
  2. Come to PCDP Headquarters this Saturday, 10am to 1pm to sign candidate petitions!
  3. Stop by Fort Lowell Park by the pond where AZ List will be collecting candidate petition signatures!
Help LD17 Candidates Get on the Ballot!

Help LD17 Candidates Get on the Ballot!

Left to right: Brian Radford, Dana Allmond, and Mike Nickerson

LD17 Candidates need canvassers to collect enough signatures to make sure their names appear on the ballot! Want to help?

It’s simple: Just print out the signature sheets below (double-sided), collect signatures from your neighbors and people in your community, and then bring your signature sheets to PCDP Headquarters!

If candidates don’t get enough signatures, you won’t be able to vote for them in the upcoming election. Democracy needs choices, so do your part and help choose the candidates you want to see!

Dana Allmond Nomination Petition

Brian Radford Nomination Petition

Mike Nickerson Nomination Petition

Notes from the Chair—Sept. 1, 2020

Notes from the Chair—Sept. 1, 2020

Countywide Races

By Alison Jones

I will be penning notes to Pima Democrats more frequently in the last few weeks of this election. Things are moving fast and furiously, and monthly just isn’t often enough. In upcoming weekly letters, I will be talking about what will be on your ballot. This week: COUNTYWIDE RACES.

There will be six countywide races on every ballot in Pima County: Sheriff, Treasurer, Assessor, Recorder, Attorney, and Schools Superintendent. Excellent Democratic candidates are running for all positions. We ask that you vote for all of them! With the voter registration numbers in Pima, Democrats should be able to win every countywide race. 

Chris Nanos is running for his old job as Pima County Sheriff. He has our support and the support of many department members. The department is under scrutiny and faces a number of challenges. Chris understands these challenges and has the experience to address them head-on. He faces the Republican incumbent.  Please learn more about him and his plans for bringing leadership back to the office here:

Brian Bickel is running for Pima County Treasurer against the GOP incumbent. Brian had a successful career in business administration, and plans to make the county finances more transparent. Brian is a former Marine, and has been very active in Legislative District 9. He also serves on the county’s Election Integrity Commission. Learn about Brian here:

Suzanne Droubie prevailed in a competitive primary to become the Democratic nominee for Pima County Assessor. Her professional experience in real-estate appraisal makes her eminently qualified. She faces a write-in Republican challenger. Visit Suzanne’s website here:

Gabriella Cázares-Kelly is the Democratic nominee for Pima County Recorder. She is passionate about voting and making it accessible to all. Gabriella is Tohono O’odham, and knows well the challenges of voting in rural areas. And as an educator and community organizer, she also understands public service. She co-founded Indivisible Tohono. She faces a Republican challenger. Learn more here:

Laura Conover prevailed in the primary for Pima County Attorney and is unopposed in the general election. The County Attorney primary race was hard fought. Congratulations to Laura, our next Pima County Attorney. Learn more here:

Dustin Williams, our Pima County Superintendent of Schools, ran unopposed for re-election. Dustin is a popular and enthusiastic educator who would have been a formidable opponent, had he been challenged. Learn more here:

Every voter is thinking about the U.S. POSTAL SERVICE right now. Is it OK to mail in a ballot? The answer is YES, but do it early! 

We recommend the following VOTING TIMELINE for Pima County voters who vote by mail:
Oct. 7: The Pima County Recorder mails the ballots.  
Oct. 10: Most voters will have received their ballots by this date.
Oct. 14: If you have not received your ballot, call the recorder at (520) 724-4330.
Oct. 19: We suggest you return your ballot by mail by this date. 
Oct. 27: This is the ABSOLUTE last date that the County Recorder recommends you return your ballot by mail.
Oct. 28 – Nov. 2: Drop off your ballot at an early voting site. Find sites and their hours of operation here:
Nov 3. (Election Day): Drop off your ballot at any polling location. 

If you spoil or lose your ballot, even on Election Day, call the Pima County Recorder at (520) 724-4330. They will tell you how to make your vote count.

Remember, ballot envelopes already have first-class postage. You do not need to add a stamp.  

Next Week: Arizona Corporation Commission candidates.

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