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Volunteer Spotlight | Margaret Lacey

Volunteer Spotlight | Margaret Lacey

I have been volunteering in the office since April of 2019. By the time the office closed for COVID, I was working all day on Fridays as the Friday volunteer coordinator.

When we closed, I continued to volunteer from home by checking voicemail messages and responding to callers. Those days, in the summer before the 2020 election, we had many callers with a variety of urgent needs, and that was a very rewarding time for me, as I would do my best to find solutions to problems such as registering newcomers who could not get an AZ license (which meant they could not register to vote) to just being an empathetic person on the other end of the line. I still enjoy trying to solve problems of voters who either call or come to the office.


I am a lifelong Democrat, and I joined the second Obama campaign in 2012 because a friend of mine recruited me to work in Headquarters as a shift manager. In those days we didn’t have MiniVan so one of my jobs was entering call sheet data. I also greeted and trained new volunteers, some who were too young to even vote. I enjoy being part of an energized team.

Thank you so much for all your hard work, Margaret!

Volunteer Spotlight | Gordy Rutman

Volunteer Spotlight | Gordy Rutman

– What are some of your favorite tasks here in the office?

There are times when I really like making phone calls, if it’s something I’m passionate about. I like finding out about what’s going on with the party, and getting to know people who are involved has been really rewarding for me. That’s true whenever I volunteer, because the staffs are always so welcoming, and that gives me hope for politics and our society.

– How long have you been volunteering here?

About nine months, but with various other groups before this.

– What inspired you to start volunteering for the Democratic Party?

What’s happened to this country these past few years. I’ve always believed in Democratic values, and I’ve realized now that I’m retired that I want to be involved with people with the same values who will get things done. I like being present and engaged, and volunteering here helps me do that.

Thank you so much for all your hard work, Gordy!

Volunteer Spotlight | Judy Browder

Volunteer Spotlight | Judy Browder

What are some of your favorite parts of volunteering here in the office?

My favorite would have to be the yard sign room during the 2020 election. An absolute madhouse at times, and so much fun. My second favorite lately would have to be lending an ear to the frustration of Democrats in regards to voting rights and labor legislation on the hill, and having information about how to act on that.

How long have you been volunteering here?

 I have been volunteering in the office only since 2019. Between 2015-2019 I came in for phone banking and canvassing during elections.  

What inspired you to start volunteering for the Democratic Party?

I have been a Democrat all my life. My parents were both good Democrats. I went to high school here in Tucson and Mo Udall used to drop by the school’s cafeteria for little chat sessions, as both of his daughters went to CDO .The first election I worked on was George McGovern’s Presidential campaign when I was 17 and in college in Lawrence, Kansas. After that I continued as a precinct captain, campaign manager for a state election, and basically anywhere I was asked. I lived in Spain between 1988-2014 (ask me about the wonders of National Health!) As soon as we came back to the US, here in Tucson, I contacted the PCDP and here I still am.

Thank you so much for all your hard work, Judy!

PC Elections 2022

The term for all currently elected or appointed PCs ends on October 1, 2022.

To be elected to the next 2-year term (beginning October 1, 2022), you’ll need to complete the paperwork for PC elections and submit it as described below.

Only elected PCs can vote at the County or LD Biennial Organization meetings in December 2022, and only elected PCs may be candidates for Party office or Arizona State Democratic Committeeperson at those meetings. The information below contains the paperwork you’ll need to be listed as a PC candidate in 2022. This will be essentially an election by acclamation. We expect to submit nominations that are equal to or less than the total number of PC allotments for each precinct, to avoid having August 4th ballots with PC candidates. Each LD will be tracking the process carefully and providing any help you need.

How to prepare your Nomination Paper and Partisan Nomination Petition

There are two forms you will need to complete: The Nomination Paper and the (double-sided) Nomination Petition. To sign your petition, a voter must be 1) registered in your precinct, and 2) registered as either a Democrat, Independent, No Party Affiliation, or a political party that is not qualified for representation on the ballot.

  • Your Partisan Nomination Form requires 10 signatures from registered voters who meet the criteria listed above.
  • You can sign your own petition, as can any registered voter in your household who meets the criteria listed above.
  • You can sign your fellow precinct PCs’ nominating petitions and they can sign yours.

Complete all information and sign the Nomination Paper. Complete all information on both sides of the Nomination Petition, including 10 eligible signers and your (or your circulator’s) information and signature on the back. Don’t forget your name, address and precinct number on the top of the petition signatures page.

Mistakes happen. If you must cross out a line on your petition, no problem: create a new line in the space at the bottom of the petition page so you have 10 eligible signatures.

Questions? Need a new form or another walk list? Please reach out to your LD contact listed below.

All finished? Thank you! IMPORTANT: please DO NOT STAPLE the Petition and Paper together. You may use a paper clip or just submit them together as instructed below.

How to return your completed, signed, Nomination Paper and Nomination Petition

LD2:

Bring to your LD2 Chair, or mail to PCDP Headquarters, by March 25. 4639 E 1st St. Tucson, AZ 85711. Questions, replacement forms or walk list: legdist2dems@gmail.com

LD3, 11:

Bring to your LD Chair, or mail to PCDP Headquarters, by March 25. 4639 E 1st St. Tucson, AZ 85711

Questions, replacement forms or walk list: contact your LD Chair or Secretary.

LD9:

Bring to your LD Chair, or mail to PCDP Headquarters, by March 25. 4639 E 1st St. Tucson, AZ 85711.

You can also mail your completed forms to Susan Bickel, 3732 E Guthrie Mountain Pl. Tucson, AZ 85718

If you have questions, need replacement forms or walk lists: contact Susan Bickel, 520-559-3904, susanbickel@hotmail.com

LD10:

Mail to Gail Kamaras: 7570 E Speedway Blvd #447, Tucson 85710 | demsvote130@gmail.com | 520-405-6973

LDs 4 and 14:

Mail to PCDP Headquarters, by March 25. 4639 E 1st St. Tucson, AZ 85711.

If you have questions, need replacement forms or walk lists: contact corrsecretary@pimadems.org

Volunteer Spotlight | Kathleen Edelman

Volunteer Spotlight | Kathleen Edelman

What are some of your favorite parts of volunteering here in the office?

I love interacting with future leaders and getting to talk to the people who come in and call. Every phone call I’ve had has felt important and useful.

How long have you been volunteering here?

Two months.

What inspired you to start volunteering for the Democratic Party?

The Republican Party. Plus, a genuine fear that even after Biden was elected, things are not fine. I felt an urgency.  And I think there are a lot of people my age out there who feel an urgency. I think there’s a lot we can do to help. 

Thank you so much for all your hard work, Kathleen!

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 harnessed will help us be successful in the general election next year up and down the ballot.

How long have you been volunteering here?

I’ve been volunteering since August of this year; notarizing referendum petitions for ballot referrals next year. However, I’ve volunteered on many campaigns since I was 18, helping candidates in any way I can.

What inspired you to start volunteering for the Democratic Party?

As a PC, when the party puts the call out for help, it’s times like right now and the issues of the day that got me to step up to help protect our voting rights and progress that we are making to improve our education system funding.

Thank you so much for all your hard work, Sami!

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