About The DGT

Democrats of Greater Tucson holds Arizona’s ONLY weekly forum for Democrats.

Mondays at Noon

We host an online event via Zoom every Monday at Noon with one or more Guest Speakers (most often Democratic candidates and office-holders) addressing subjects of political and/or community interest.

Evening Salons

We also have begun doing events in the evenings on an ad hoc basis to accommodate different schedules, and to have longer events for Panel Discussions among experts and groups of office-holders and/or candidates.

Happy Hour

Meet in person with fellow DGT Members and Mystery Guests (most often candidates and office-holders)

Happy Hours are every third Wednesday from 4 to 6pm at Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ

Get our Newsletter or check our Events page for announcements.

Candidates and office-holders

If you are interested in planning to be Guest Speaker or Panelist at a future DGT event, contact our Program Director Mike Bryan 
via email at Programs@TheDGT.org or phone/text at (520) 425-5565 (Hours of Operation 1pm to 5pm weekdays only, please).

Please consider supporting our work by becoming a paid Member of TheDGT for only $24!

You can mail a check to P.O. Box 41573, Tucson, AZ, 85717.

Please include your phone number, land address and employer, which are required by law to request.

The History of DGT

The Democrats of Greater Tucson celebrated its 44th year in November 2023. Before 1979 DGT was known as the Young Democrats of Greater Tucson, but as some of our members began to mature we thought a name change was appropriate. We achieved this longevity through the dedication of many volunteers as the maxim that all Democrats get to speak. As long as one is a “Member of the Democratic Party,” one could get on the speaker’s list. As a result, DGT attendees have heard from Democrats across the wide spectrum of the party and our communities, leaving all who participate richer as the result.

DGT Board Members for 2024

Joseph Daniszewski
President

Known affectionately as “Joe D,” Joseph Daniszewski is a business consultant. His skills include strategic planning for organizations, recruiting board members, fiscal management, fundraising, communication, and special event planning. His community activities include the Sportsmen Fund and Send a Kid to Camp.

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Mike Bryan
1st Vice Chair – Speakers

Michael is a progressive Democrat who founded the liberal Blog For Arizona in 2003. Earlier, he ran Drinking Liberally meetings for six years. From LD20, he manages TheDGT.org’s speaker programming..

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Susie Anderson
2nd Vice Chair – Membership

I have been a member of the Democrats of Greater Tucson for about four years. Working online during the pandemic has made it much more challenging to inform our group and much more fun. It has been a rewarding experience in performing new and different tasks

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Tim Sultan
Treasurer

Tim Sultan was born and raised in Tucson and has two children: Alex (11) and Amina (9).  Tim graduated from St. Michael’s, Amphi High, the UA (History and Spanish), Thunderbird (MBA), and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  Tim served in government at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and as a staff member for Nancy Pelosi, Dennis DeConcini, and Janet Napolitano.  Tim ran unsuccessfully for CD8 in 2004 and LD28 in 2010.  But he served successfully as DGT’s Program Chair in 2009.  In 2016, Tim led SolarCity’s participation in Kris Mayes’ pro-solar ballot proposition and in 2019, Tim led the Arizona Dispensary Association’s participation in prop 207, which legalized Adult-Use in 2020.

George Beverly
Secretary

  • SSG (Ret) US Army
  • Vice Chair Education Committee (NAACP-Tucson)
  • Board Secretary: African American Democratic Caucus-Tucson (AADCT)
  • Arizona African American Democratic Caucus
  • Community Group Leader: Community Outreach Knowledge and Awareness (COKA)

Maria Parsons
At Large

Maria Parsons is the former Corresponding Secretary for the Pima County Democratic Party. When asked why she volunteers her time, she said, “I volunteer because I love feeling like I’m making a difference and being helpful to my community, and meeting other people who feel the same! And I’m passionate about electing democrats because I want my future kids to be a lot less worried about the future than I am.”

Kalyanraman Bharathan
At Large

Bharathan has been politically active since 2018, volunteering with the Democratic Party. He
has held positions on the boards of his Legislative District and the Pima County Democratic
Parry. He has also been on the State Board of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus of the Party. He has also been a volunteer with They See Blue, an independent organization building Democratic support among South Asian Americans.

Grady Campbell
At Large

Grady has lived in Arizona for most of his life, now currently attending the University of Arizona, studying Public Policy and Business Administration. He has been involved in Democratic politics as an Intern for the Pima County Democratic Party, and working with the student coalition Keep Arizona Blue

Miranda Lopez
At Large

After graduating in 2018 from the University of Arizona (Bear Down!),Miranda worked for the statewide Democratic Coordinated Campaign for two consecutive cycles, first as a Field Organizer and later as a Regional Organizing Director. She then ended up working for the Pima County Democratic Party in 2021 as their Executive Director.

Miranda is currently working for the Arizona Students’ Association, working to advocate for students in the AZ state legislature, develop student leaders on the UA and PCC campuses, and to mobilize these students to take action against harmful legislation.

Kat Stratford
At Large

Kat Stratford is on the staff of Tucson Council Member Paul Cunningham, and is dedicated to curbing homelessness.

Steve Linder
At Large

Steve has been the DGT Treasurer for several years. He was the Treasurer for Arizona Education Association Retired.

Larry Bodine
Past President

Larry Bodine, a journalist, attorney and devoted Democrat, was president of DGT from 2019 to 2022. Currently, he is the Chair of the LD18 Democrats. He has been a Democratic Precinct Committeeman in Tucson and Illinois since 2006. He has been an author since 2017 for the liberal Blog for Arizona, where he has written 200+ articles. You can reach him at Chair@LD18Dems.org.

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