Jonathon Hill, Candidate for AZ Corporation Commission

Website: https://www.votehillaz.comNomination Petition: Elections $5 Contribution: Seed Funding: Transcript Hello everybody. I'm Michael Bryan. I am the first chair and program director of the Democrats of Greater Tucson. I'm hosting this meeting today because our president Larry Bodine's out of town. Democrats of Greater Tucson is a nonprofit organization that exists in order to bring the voters of Arizona the best information. About our candidates, Democrats specifically. And if you want to join up and support our mission, it's only $20 a year to join DGT. You can find us on ActBlue. I'll drop a link to [...]

By |2022-02-07T08:48:29-07:00January 30th, 2022|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Kirsten Engel Emerges as the Frontrunner in the Race to Succeed Ann Kirkpatrick in Congress

State Senator Kirsten Engel claimed the title of the front-runner in the race to succeed Ann Kirkpatrick in what is now Arizona Congressional District Two. Supported by many endorsements, she's running on popular issues such as ensuring Arizona's water supply, protecting reproductive freedom, and supporting voting rights. Now that Dr. Randy Friese has dropped out of the race, Kirsten Engel and Daniel Hernandez are contesting each other for the Democratic Party nomination of that pivotal House seat in the 2022 elections.  Engel has also been acquiring several endorsements from former colleagues inside and outside the State Legislature including: State Senator [...]

By |2021-09-15T10:41:50-07:00September 15th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, US Congress|

Lauren Kuby Will Fight Special Interests at the Arizona Corporation Commission

Democrats have made gains on the Arizona Corporation Commission over the last two election cycles. In 2018, Sandra Kennedy re-took a seat she had previously held on the Commission. Former Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar won a seat in 2020. (Former Commissioner Bill Mundell, a former Republican turned Democrat, came close to winning as well.) Former Tempe Vice Mayor and current Tempe Councilmember Lauren Kuby, a fighter against Dark Money and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University, is running to capture another seat for Arizona consumers in 2022. Running on a ticket with Sandra Kennedy who is running for reelection, [...]

By |2021-09-12T14:41:34-07:00September 11th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Rep. Daniel Hernandez Calls for Progressive Action in Run for Congress

State Rep. Daniel Hernandez (D-LD2) is running for Congress in Tucson's CD2. The district is 27% Latino but has never had a Latino member of Congress, he pointed out at the September 30, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. In the past, Hernandez ran the national Latino outreach program at Planned Parenthood and aims to bring Latino immigrants "from out of the shadows and into a pathway to citizenship." He supports HR1, the For the People Act, to protect Latino voting rights. His sister Alma Hernandez is also a state House member from LD3 and his other sister Consuelo [...]

By |2021-09-08T14:30:40-07:00September 6th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, US Congress|

Supervisor Rex Scott Recaps Challenges of First 7 Months in Office Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott took office in January, at the height of the Covid pandemic, and immediately had to confront issues regarding evictions, childhood education, county roads, affordable housing, redistricting, and higher water prices. Speaking at the LD9 meeting on August 24, 2021, he recounted how he solved most of the issues. The hot potato was the controversial move by the city of Tucson to hike water rates unilaterally on June 22 on people living in unincorporated Pima County. The abrupt action kicked rates up to 40% higher per month for 400,000 people living outside the city. The Supervisors had [...]

By |2021-08-29T16:47:17-07:00August 29th, 2021|Education, Healthcare, Housing, Local Candidates and Electeds|

Assessor Suzanne Droubie Fights to Use Bilingual Forms and Website

Video Editing by Anne Simons. Pima County Assessor Suzanne Droubie pledge to fight to make the office's forms and website bilingual. Droubie, who spoke at the August 9, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson, that the state Department of Revenue told her all documents must be in English. Article 28 of the Arizona state constitution was approved by voters in 2006 and makes English the official state language, even though 29% of Arizonans are Hispanic. Article 28 also provides, "Official actions shall be conducted in English." "To me, it's a discriminatory article that was put in place to disenfranchise [...]

By |2021-08-12T14:38:35-07:00August 12th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham Wants to Raise Water Rates on the Suburbs

On his way to a school assembly where he teaches, City Councilman Paul Cunningham of Ward 2 discussed annexation, water, and the downtown Pancho Villa statue at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on June 14, 2021. He reported that Tucson is "in good shape" when it comes to water supply, despite the Megadrought. Lake Mead, which is the city's water source, is at an all-time low. Cunningham strongly supports differential water rates -- raising water rates by $4 to $7 per month for suburban customers who live outside the city limits. He said 42% of water infrastructure is in [...]

By |2021-06-16T17:47:33-07:00June 16th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

LD2 Representative Daniel Hernandez Aims for Congress in Tucson’s CD2

Arizona Representative Daniel Hernandez (D-LD2) states he has always wanted to help people since he was a small child. First, he wanted to help people by training in the medical profession. Later, the influence of former House Representative Gabby Giffords steered him toward assisting others through public service. Since 2017, Hernandez has served the people of LD2 Two and Grand Canyon State as a member of the Arizona House. In that time, he has supported and voted for measures to: Support democracy and the right to vote. Provide gun-free safety zones in schools. Safeguard water safety. Fund childcare services. Protect and increase rights [...]

By |2021-06-09T13:43:09-07:00June 9th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, US Congress|

Mark Finchem Has a Lot of Explaining to Do About January 6

Do you know where your Arizona state representative was on January 6, 2021, when Trumpist domestic terrorists attempted an insurrection and stormed the Nation’s Capitol? The people who reside in LD 11 may be surprised to know that one of their state representatives, Mark Finchem apparently was closer to the attack than he professed to be at the time. Recent reporting by Jerold MacDonald-Evoy of the Arizona Mirror has relayed that footage obtained on social media showed the LD 11 State Representative and aspiring Secretary of State Candidate (God help us all) was steps away from the East Capitol pathway leading up to [...]

Andres Portela Aims to be a New Progressive Voice to the Tucson City Council

If elected to serve on Ward Six of the Tucson City Council, Andres Portela pledges "To give voice and power to those who have been neglected by the status quo because this is our home!" Furthermore, he envisions: "With housing becoming increasingly unaffordable and neighborhoods being left out of important discussions; we can't keep waiting on progressive changes from nonprogressive leadership. It's time for all of us to act!" Only 27, Mr. Portela has already served on various community and civic organizations including the City of Tucson, and as a Congressional Aide to Representative Ron Barber. Andres Portela with [...]

By |2021-05-29T20:18:50-07:00May 28th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|
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