Democrats of Greater Tucson is Arizona’s only weekly forum for Democrats. Every meeting has speakers addressing subjects of political or community interest. Frequently, Democratic candidates announce their candidacies and present their platforms at our meetings. You can pay our annual $20 dues via ActBlue:
The Democrats of Greater Tucson’s meets every Monday at 12 noon, online via Zoom. Our Zoom meetings are very popular and to attend, and you can register to watch them on your computer on the DGT EVENTS page.
The Democrats of Greater Tucson celebrated its 42nd year in November 2021. 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, leaving all who participate richer as the result.
Democrats of Greater Tucson Board Members for 2021
I’ve served as President since November 2019 and thoroughly enjoy DGT. Membership in 2021 is at an all-time high, and DGT is on a roll! DGT has continued to meet safely on Zoom for two years now, making it possible to bring in Democratic leaders from across Arizona. Our vibrant website holds a searchable collection of 435 concise articles (up from 250) about our speakers, plus political news from the Blog for Arizona. We revamped our website in March 2021 and expanded the video section of our website, where members can find a searchable collection of 100 video recordings of our speakers. Finally, starting in May 2021, DGT has held popular, monthly Drinking Democratically happy hours for vaccinated members and newcomers who want to see each other in person. We’ve extended our reach by building up our 2,000-name mailing list from 2,000 names to 2,900 names. In addition, we send our colorful newsletter to the list every week. My aim is for 2022 to be when DGT becomes more important, diverse, and attractive to a broader audience.
Sandee BinyonFirst Vice Chair - Speakers
I am in charge of arranging for the weekly speakers and have already started to schedule speakers for the year 2021. I have enjoyed lunch with DGT in many different restaurants over the last 20 years. I am delighted that technology allowed us to continue to hear speakers with information for Democrats of Greater Tucson area.
Kathy Ramage-WhiteSecond Vice Chair - Membership
It’s a wonderful time to be not just a Democrat in Arizona, but an active member of the Democrats of Greater Tucson, as we explore various Democratic candidates and issues. I am honored to play a role in the DGT.
Steve has been the DGT Treasurer for several years. He was the Treasurer for Arizona Education Association Retired.
Christina helps with membership list updates and MailChimp entry. She believes her contributions to DGT has helped support the President and Board member.
Steve EarlyAt Large
Before meetings went online, I set up the sound system at the restaurant. He feels that he has contributed to the organization by supporting the Board, attending all meetings, and helping the President with ideas and mailings.
Jeanne ChristieAt Large
Jeanne Christie has been an active Pima County Democrat for more than 10 years. Since then and until March 2020 (Covid), Jeanne was a PCDP Front Desk volunteer at HQs. She is a PC (LD 9), a State Committeeperson and has been a member of DGT since 2011. In 2012, Jeanne became a DGT Board member and has been elected ever since. For four years, she was co-coordinator of the DGT annual fundraising Awards Luncheon, and was also the DGT Representative to the PCDP Executive Committee for many years. Jeanne is proud to be a DGT Board member and hopes to continue as such.
Susie AndersonAt Large
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
Tony ZinmanAt Large
I have been on the DGT board for three years. I have volunteered in every Democratic Presidential campaign since I was 17 in 1984, and was proud to work hard for Biden/Harris and Mark Kelly this year. I have helped organize and attended numerous rallies and protest during the darkness of the last four years. I am also founder and co-chair of the local group Tucson Jews for Justice, which organizes the local progressive Jewish Community. I am also very active in local gun violence prevention groups like Moms Demand Action. In my day job, I work as a juvenile Public Defender for Pima County.
Lee OlerAt Large
A longtime DGT member, Lee donated $100 to buy a webcam for DGT Zoom meetings. She plays violin in the Civic Orchestra of Tucson. Lee is a retired music teacher, is active in the Sierra Club and the Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue, and lives in LD3. In 2008, Lee was honored, along with Felicia May and Marilyn Freed, by receiving the Award for Outstanding Service to DGT.
Mike BryanAt Large
Michael is a progressive Democrat who founded the liberal Blog For Arizona in 2003. Earlier, he ran Drinking Liberally meetings for six years. From LD9, he manages updating the DGT website.
Brian BickelPast President
Brian was DGT President for two years. He is a former candidate for Pima County Treasurer and Pima County Supervisor.