Notes from the Chair | July, 2022

The temperature outside is letting us know summer has begun. Not only is the temperature heating up, but so are the midterm elections. This midterm election, and every election for the next 10 years, Pima County Democratic candidates are going to be challenged. No Legislative District can take for granted that Democrats are going to win. We are going to have to work for every vote.

The good news is that we do have a path to victory: Independents. This election and every election going forward, we are going to have to reach out to Independent voters and explain to them why Arizona needs a Democratic Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Treasurer, as well as our legislature, and every office up and down the ballot. If we don’t win, women in this state will continue not to be able to get legal abortions. Public schools will have to shut down because they no longer have funding. And, without common-sense gun laws, our children in school are at risk of being killed as we recently witnessed in Texas.

The LDs, as well as PCDP, have started reaching out to voters. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the recordings of our Discussion for Democracy series with Democratic candidates here on our website: https://pimadems.org/discussion-4-democracy/

The Arizona Democratic Party State Committee meeting was held in May. The Pima County Democrats hosted Chair Raquel Terán. This was a hybrid meeting, so Chair Terán was at Headquarters, and we had a watch party. The Chair also wanted a day of action that was hosted by Mission for Arizona. The morning of the State Committee Meeting, Pima County PCs and volunteers knocked on approximately 600 doors.

As we all know, it takes money to win elections. To that end, PCDP has been hosting First Wednesday fundraisers at local venues with outdoor patios. At each of our First Wednesdays, candidates and elected officials have been in attendance to keep us informed of their campaigns and what is happening in the legislature. Our last First Wednesday was June 1 with both Secretary of State candidates attending.

Regarding fundraisers, Udall is BACK! Mark your calendars for September 17. We will be holding Udall in-person at Desert Diamond Casino. We are in the process of getting a very special keynote speaker. Look for more information in the next month regarding Udall and our keynote speaker. I promise you won’t want to miss this event.

June did not end well, with the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Now the ability to protect the right to an abortion has passed to state legislatures.

We have an opportunity to really turn Arizona BLUE. But, we need your help. We need you to volunteer with your Legislative District to help get the vote out. Republicans have an army that is going out to ensure that their candidates get elected. If that happens, democracy will be gone in this country.

If you can’t volunteer, please consider donating to PCPD to help support our “Get Out the Vote” projects. PCDP and the LDs are the foot soldiers for our candidates. Together we can do this.

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