About Maria Parsons

Maria Parsons is the 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.”

Superintendent Dustin Williams Sounds Alarm on Republican Attacks Against AZ Education

Pima Schools Superintendent Dustin Williams decried the "full-on assault" on education by Republican legislators. He spoke at the March 14, 2022 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. To play the video and read a follow-along transcript, just click the little arrow button  at the bottom left. To view it full screen, just click the square button  at the bottom right. Enjoy! “Between January and April, you're going to have about 1,500 to 1,700 bills flow through Arizona. And the big picture, from what we see happening and from my expertise of what I’ve observed, is you do have a full-on assault in [...]

By |2022-03-27T20:00:47-07:00March 15th, 2022|Education|

Sheriff Nanos on Rethinking the Role of Law Enforcement

Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos, who’s worked for the department for 32 years, spoke about the challenges facing local law enforcement at the January 24, 2022 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson.  Police reform has become a hot-button topic in the United States over the past few years. Conversations over how to keep communities safe -- from both criminals and overly-aggressive officers -- have been frequent and passionate. There is quite a bit of data to suggest that communities are often safer when there is less police presence within them, contrary to popular belief. It’s possible that if we rethought [...]

By |2022-02-21T11:34:03-07:00February 19th, 2022|Law Enforcement|

Supervisor Matt Heinz Blasts Gov. Ducey and Supervisor Christy for Allowing 27,000 Deaths from Covid

Matt Heinz, an attending physician at the Tucson Medical Center and Pima Supervisor in district two, held the governor and republican Supervisor Steve Christy responsible for the 27,164 deaths from Covid in Arizona. He spoke at the February 7, 2022, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. "I don't know how Governor Ducey can sleep," Heinz said. "He has personally led to the deaths of thousands of Arizonans because of the fact that he never put a mask mandate in place for the entire state -- even back in March of 2020." Gov. Ducey allowed thousands of Arizonans to die by [...]

By |2022-02-25T16:25:16-07:00February 12th, 2022|Healthcare|

Lauren Kuby Vows to Set a Renewable Energy Standard on the AZ Corporation Commission

Lauren Kuby, an urban sustainability scientist at Arizona State University and candidate for Arizona Corporation Commissioner, warned of the impact of corruption in the Corporation Commission at the December 6, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. "(The Corporation Commission) is often called the most powerful branch of government that no one's ever heard of," Kuby said. The position is an appropriate next step for someone who has worked for years to help cities in Arizona achieve energy and sustainability goals, serving as a member of the Tempe city council and as the manager of events and community at ASU [...]

By |2022-01-09T18:49:13-07:00December 22nd, 2021|Elections, Environment/Climate Change|

Bob McWhirter, Candidate for Attorney General, Vows to Protect Reproductive Rights

Bob McWhirter, candidate for Arizona Attorney General and an attorney with more than 30 years of experience spoke about his campaign and the issues he’ll focus on at the November 29, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. “We need to fight for what matters and not waver on what is right and what is wrong and what is a democracy and what is not a democracy,” he said. “It’s time that we fought for teachers, students, mothers, fathers, families who have been penalized and poorly resourced. It’s about justice, it’s about the rule of law, and that’s what I’ve [...]

By |2021-12-03T20:16:59-07:00December 3rd, 2021|Attorney General|

Video & Transcript: Chris Mathis for State House in LD9

Watch the video with a word-by-word transcript! Try it out. Article by Maria Parsons Chris Mathis, a candidate for the open house seat in Legislative District 9, spoke about reproductive rights, voting rights, water resources, and the chronic underfunding of education, and the ongoing Republican assault on our public education system. He spoke at the November 15, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. "I am a lawyer. I also have the legislative background and my personal background that position me to hit the ground running in Phoenix," he said. "What I do on a day-to-day basis is I help [...]

By |2021-11-17T14:13:14-07:00November 17th, 2021|State Representative|

Kathy Hoffman, seeking Re-election as AZ School Superintendent, Overcomes Major Challenges

Kathy Hoffman, Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction, described her campaign for reelection and the state of education in Arizona. She covered Covid and schools, teaching about racism in school, attacks on school boards, funding public education, and a scandal-ridden Republican challenger. She spoke at the November 8, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. She is the first teacher and the first Democrat to be elected as the Superintendent. Superintendent Hoffman has spent her entire career working in public schools, first as a preschool teacher and later as a speech-language pathologist. She has fought for equal access to high-quality public [...]

By |2021-11-11T17:58:45-07:00November 10th, 2021|Education|

Democracy is Hanging in the Balance, says Attorney General Candidate Kris Mayes

"I don't know if we have ever, ever faced a year when it has been more important to elect a Democrat Attorney General. We absolutely know that democracy is hanging in the Balance in the state of Arizona," said Kris Mayes, who's running for Arizona Attorney General in 2022. "And it's not just hanging in the balance in Arizona. It's hanging in the balance in America." "Because what happens here, not just in 2022, but especially in 2024, is going to tell the tale for our next presidential election. And we know that the Republican Party is in full-fledged, full-on [...]

By |2021-11-03T15:02:56-07:00November 3rd, 2021|Attorney General|

Adrian Fontes, Candidate for Secretary of State, Will Make Voting Easier

By Maria Parsons Secretary of State candidate Adrian Fontes said he will put online the now-laborious process of gathering signatures for public initiatives. This will alleviate the ordeal of getting hundreds of thousands of signatures in a short time period during the sweltering summer. Instead, voters will be able to sign a petition for an initiative online. He spoke at the October 25, 2021, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. "I would put all petition gathering online," he said, explaining that it would be a secure way to ensure voters can have their voices heard. He also listed automatic voter [...]

By |2021-10-30T14:43:26-07:00October 28th, 2021|Secretary of State|

Aaron Lieberman for Governor: “We Can Have Great Schools and a Great Economy”

State Representative Aaron Lieberman (D-LD28) declared his intention to work across the aisle on issues of education, climate change, and voting rights if elected as Governor of Arizona. He spoke at the October 18, 2021, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. "I'm running for governor fundamentally because I think our politics are broken and that our leaders have not been stepping up to the challenge," he opened, going on to explain how the current political and socio-economic landscape has influenced him. "For me, when we should have been coming together, it often feels like we're pulling apart from each other. [...]

By |2021-10-20T14:10:27-07:00October 20th, 2021|Governor|
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