In Memoriam | Cesar Ramirez

In Memoriam | Cesar Ramirez

Cesar a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, of Tucson, Arizona passed away on December 2, 2022, at the age of 79, at home surrounded by his family as the rosary was being prayed.

Cesar was born in Ciudad Jimenez, Chihuahua, Mx on April 1, 1943. Cesar moved to the United States August 1970 and became a U.S. Citizen.

Cesar worked as an electrician at San Manuel Mine for 25 years and after retiring from the mine he was a bail bonds agent for 25 years. Cesar was involved in civil right marches, supported political office candidates and was a Democratic Precinct Committee man.

We extend our sympathies, and thank you for his work, to his family. Cesar is survived by his wife, Lupita Flores Shestko-Montiel; his daughters, Lucy Sifuentes and Sonia Ramirez from El Paso, Texas; his stepchildren, Debbie A. Shestko Rios, Diana M. Shestko Lopez, James Michael Shestko and Anna May Shestko Valdillez; 38 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Please join his family for the following services: The Rosary and the Viewing will be on Sunday, December, 18, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL SOUTH LAWN. The requiem Mass will be held on Monday, December 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave., Tucson, Az 85701. Cesar will be laid to rest, following the Mass, at South Lawn Memorial Cemetery, 5401 S. Park Ave., Tucson, AZ, 85706.

Director’s Cut | June, 2022

Director’s Cut | June, 2022

PCDP Director Miranda Lopez

Can you believe we are already halfway through 2022? With less than six months until the midterms, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for the work you have done this year.

Through our office’s efforts, we have not only ensured that Pima County will have 425 elected Democratic Precinct Committee members for the ‘22-’24 cycle, but we are leading the charge in regards to fighting for reproductive rights by being the center of petition activity in Pima County.

Our volunteers who staff the office are our civically-minded librarians who greet visitors and answer their questions using a wide variety of resources. Keeping all of our volunteers organized can be tricky, but our new Team Leader volunteer program is making it a lot easier!

Team Leaders will help to train new volunteers, learn our office opening and closing procedures, assume a managerial role during their shifts, be the main point of contact for volunteers, and will have special access to PCDP data systems.

Because of this extra help, I have been able to work on launching our Discussion for Democracy forum series with Democratic candidates running for offices up and down the ballot. You can check our D4D page here, where we have posted all of our recordings of these forums. Our last forum will be in person this Saturday, June 11 at 1pm at the Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona. You can go here for more information.

In addition to candidate forums and volunteer leadership, I’ve also been working with our fundraising team to launch our First Wednesday fundraisers, and to prepare for our Fall Udall dinner on September 17th at the Desert Diamond Casino.

June is expected to be one of our busiest months here at the office because of the ballot initiative deadlines; people will be relying on our office to get their petitions notarized and to turn in their signatures. Right now we have five different ballot initiatives, all of which will need hundreds of thousands of signatures to qualify for the ballot. If you haven’t already done so, please consider circulating these petitions among your friends and family. You can either stop by our office or check out our website for more information.

I’m so glad to be serving as your Director, and I’m looking forward to the excitement of such an important election year!

Huge News for PCs

March 25 Update:

PC Partisan Declaration Forms MUST be turned in with completed petition signature sheets by Tuesday, March 29th to PCDP Headquarters. If you are unable to collect your signatures, you will need to fill out the write-in form linked below and send it to PCDP Headquarters by Monday, April 18th.

Contact Maria Parsons at corrsecretary@pimadems.org with any questions.

We have some awesome news for anyone who’s been considering becoming a PC! It has never been easier to become an Elected Precinct Committee Member (PC), and we encourage all committed Democrats to apply!

On Thursday March 3rd, the Governor signed HB2839 into law. This bill contained an emergency provision, which means it became law as soon as it was signed and includes language that significantly changed the process for becoming a Precinct Committee Member with the following provisions:

  • Precinct Committee Members are provided more time to file, as the filing date was moved from April 4th to April 18th
  • The Political Parties will become the filing office instead of the Pima County Elections Department.
  • The Political Parties will be responsible for verifying eligibility of PCs.
  • The Political Parties will be responsible for submitting the names of PCs to the Pima County Board of Supervisors.

What does this mean?

The requirements to be eligible to be a PC do not change.

  • Must be registered to vote.
  • Must be a registered Democrat.
  • Must reside in the Precinct for which you are applying.

The term of office (2 years) for PCs does not change. Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria to become a PC will not be required to gather petition signatures nor submit Nomination papers to the Pima County Recorder’s office.

What is now the process to become a PC in Pima County?

  • If you are currently a PC and wish to continue as a PC, you just need to submit your Nomination Paper from the packet you received in the mail to PCDP Headquarters or to your LD Chair by April 18th. You don’t need to worry about getting signatures for your Partisan Nomination Petition.
    • You can mail your Paper to our Headquarters at 4639 E First St. Tucson, AZ 85711
  • If you no longer wish to be a PC, please reach out to your LD Chair to let them know.
  • If you were not formerly a PC and wish to become a PC, please complete the Write-In Nomination Paper linked below and submit it to PCDP Headquarters no later than April 18th.
  • Each precinct has a quota of the number of PCs allowed to serve. We will be taking applications on a first come, first served basis.

We hope that you get involved and help us Elect More Democrats at ALL levels! Remember, change starts with YOU!

PCDP Committee Meeting

PCDP Committee Meeting

Remember meeting in person?

by Morgan Graham, PCDP Recording Secretary

The Pima County Democratic Party held a County Committee Meeting on August 21, 2021.  Due to increased COVID-19 cases the meeting was held virtually, yet again.  Even though it was virtual there was a good turn out of attendees.  Technical issues are now part of the virtual world we live in and unfortunately the meeting was not without issues, but everyone persevered to take care of business.  Election Buddy was in full effect with the committee voting on proposed bylaws revisions, proposed platform revisions and for PCDP First Vice Chair, Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary.  All of the proposed revisions to the bylaws and platform passed.  Brian Bickel was elected as Treasurer, Zoey Fife was elected as First Vice Chair, and Maria Parsons was elected as Corresponding Secretary. 

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