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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!

HQ Happenings | August 2019

HQ Happenings | August 2019

By Executive Director Cat Ripley

What a great turnout we had for PCDP’s Democratic Mayoral Candidate Debate at Rincon University H.S.! Nearly 900 people showed up to listen to our three candidates: Regina Romero, Randi Dorman, Steve Farley. Arizona Public Media’s Christopher “Buzz” Conover moderated a lively round of questions and answers. Check out our FB Live post to see the entire debate if you missed it.

The Mayoral Candidates.

The audience got scorecards to rate the candidates’ performances. See the results on Facebook. KGUN, KVOA, and KOLD were present and featured us on the news that night! This took a team effort so many thanks to all who contributed to a great evening.

Great turnout at the debate.

Our PCDP Monthly Speaker Series kicked off with Civics 101, and What does the City Council Do? Classes. This is all part of our larger effort to offer training and education at HQ to make us all more civically and politically- savvy voters.

HQ is now preparing for a Primary Night Party at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, 101 E. Pennington St., on August 27. Please join us to celebrate our general election candidates for Tucson mayor and city council that night. 

Hard to believe summer is drawing to a close. Red for Ed will continue, the Outlaw Dirty Money campaign forges ahead, and Sanctuary City will be on the Tucson ballot. HQ will continue to support and gear up for November with slate mail pieces going out and a full court press to support our candidates in the General Election.

All of this work is fueled by our fabulous corps of volunteers. And so, we need to focus on fundraising not only to keep our doors open but to arm our volunteers with the tools and supplies needed to execute events, canvasses, phone banking, mailers, rallies, debates, and training programs.

Thank you all for your continued support with your time, your check books or both. TOGETHER WE WIN!  

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