Videos of Speakers at Democrats of Greater Tucson

To search, use Ctrl + F. Many thanks to Anne Simmons, our Video Production Editor, for editing the videos.  To candidates: If you are interested in speaking at a DGT meeting on Mondays at Noon, contact Program Director Mike Bryan via email: or phone (520) 425-5565. Please complete the Campaign Contact Information form.  State Rep. Daniel Hernandez for Congress in Tucson’s CD6, May 2, 2022  Put the Surplus into Public Education, say LD16 Candidates Keith Seaman and Taylor Kerby, April 25, 2022  As State Senator in New LD18, Priya Sundareshan will Secure our Water Supply, April 18, 2022  Rep. Morgan [...]

Put the Surplus into Public Education, say LD16 Candidates Keith Seaman and Taylor Kerby

Democratic LD16 Candidates Taylor Kerby and Keith Seaman argued forcefully that the state's $5 Billion surplus should be plowed into the public school budgets. They spoke at the April 25, 2022 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. Keith Seaman is from Casa Grande and seeks a seat in the state House. He is Vice President of the Coolidge Unified District School Board and a delegate to the Arizona School Board Association. Keith Seaman Facebook: Seaman4house16 email: Twitter: Instagram: seamanhouse16web Taylor Kerby teaches 6th Grade at the Grande Innovation Academy in Casa Grande. A lifelong Arizonan, Taylor graduated [...]

By |2022-04-30T14:04:56-07:00April 25th, 2022|Education, Elections, State Representative, State Senator|

Rep. Morgan Abraham’s Offense and Defense Strategy

The Republican Arizona Legislature is passing anti-voting laws, banning parental family planning, and destroying public education. Accordingly, Rep. Morgan Abraham -- a candidate for state Senate in LD18 -- devised an offense and defense strategy. He spoke at the April 11, 2021, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. Abbreviated video (11 minutes) Full length meeting video Larry Bodine: Hello and welcome to today's Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting. My name is Larry Bodine, and I will be your host today. First, let me introduce our speaker, and that would be Democrat Morgan Abraham. Morgan is an Arizona House of Representatives [...]

By |2022-04-16T13:09:08-07:00April 13th, 2022|State Representative, State Senator|

Kat Stratford Stands Up for Trans, Gay and Refugee Rights

Kat Stratford is running for State Representative as a Democrat in the new LD18 (formerly LD9). She plans to focus on the unprecedented climate crisis that will render much of our beautiful desert uninhabitable within 50 years. Families are still struggling to gain reasonable access to basics like healthcare, education, and food assistance. Voting rights and reproductive rights are at stake in 2022. Kat is an outspoken advocate for victims of violent crime. She has volunteered with Homicide Survivors Inc since 2013, and she became a certified Rape Crisis Advocate at SACASA in 2014.

By |2022-03-27T12:27:40-07:00March 27th, 2022|State Representative|

Republican Policy Road Map Should Worry Every Arizonan

This op-ed was first published in the Arizona Daily Star. With every day seeming to bring news of significant changes in our world, it can be hard to keep track of everything that’s going on. Like many, I’m especially concerned by the invasion of Ukraine, an international conflict that involves our European allies. Morgan Abraham is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and a state representative from Tucson, representing District 10. As a member of the Army Reserve, I’m thankful that we have thoughtful, clear leadership from the White House and across the West to help guide us through [...]

By |2022-03-18T12:59:43-07:00March 18th, 2022|State Representative|

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|

Nathan Davis for LD9 House Focuses on Education, Climate and Abortion.

Former middle school teacher Nathan Davis said he will focus on education, climate change and abortion if elected to the Arizona state House from LD9. He spoke at the October 4, 2021, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. "I believe we have the best chance that we've had in a while to retake the state legislature," he said. Democrats need to win two more seats in the house and two more in the Senate to have a majority. Meanwhile, "Republicans can do something crazy. They have crazy ideas and even the majority of the Republicans think the ideas are crazy," [...]

Ward and Finchem Disgrace Themselves With Reactions to the Trump Coup Attempt

It is time for members of the Arizona Republican Party to decide what people they want to lead them. This article first appeared on the Blog for Arizona. In their reactions to the attempted insurrection by Trumpist mobs at the nation's capital, current Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward and Legislative District 11 State Representative Mark Finchem disgraced themselves and clearly showed that they should not be entrusted with any leadership positions. Check out Ms. Ward's social media posts on Twitter yesterday (January 6, 2021.) These examples especially stand out. This is simply horsesh*t. What could have prevented [...]

By |2021-01-07T14:18:45-07:00January 7th, 2021|Arizona Politics, President, State Representative|

Mark Finchem Spreads Scary Claims while Bonding with Indicted Steve Bannon

The video below from the Trump Zone is scary. It is a seven-minute exchange between the indicted white nationalist-fascist and Trump confidant Steve Bannon and fringe reactionary state representative Mark Finchem (R-LD11). During this exchange on December 28, 2020, Finchem went after the Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for using the courts to stop enforcement of a subpoena issued by the Arizona State Senate (specifically Senators Karen Fann and Eddie Farnsworth) seeking county voting records, machines, and software from the November 3, 2020 elections. It should be noted that a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge, Randall Warner, sided with [...]

By |2020-12-30T14:29:53-07:00December 30th, 2020|Arizona Politics, State Representative|

Dr. Felipe Perez to Return Science and Reason to Arizona’s LD 11

In the last couple of election cycles, the politics of Arizona Legislative District 11 has come under ridicule because of the fringe and conspiracy-laden views of its elected state officials, notably State Representative Mark Finchem, a right-wing militia leader, and State Senator Vince Leach. While the second Republican member of the LD 11 State House delegation, Brett Roberts, has not earned the notoriety of his two colleagues, his voting record demonstrates that they are all kindred spirits. Despicably, both Roberts and Finchem voted to: Discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community. Not allow an increase in low-income housing credits. Allow construction of the [...]

By |2020-10-06T08:30:24-07:00October 6th, 2020|State Representative|
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