WATCH: Ann Chanecka, Tucson Housing and Community Development

Ann Chanecka, Deputy Director Tucson Housing and Community Development, spoke at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on March 8, 2021. She described numerous projects tackling: Poverty rates, low incomes, and economic disparities; Education and economic mobility, Health disparities, Homelessness, Housing instability and Neighborhood inequities. In terms of Public Housing, the city has: 550 Multifamily units for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities 452 Multifamily units for Families 503 Single-Family Properties The City manages more than 6,000 Section 8 Vouchers, which allow individuals and families to pay 30-40% of their income on rent, and 451 Affordable Housing units. In 2020, Housing and Community Development received [...]

By |2021-03-11T08:22:48-07:00March 10th, 2021|Tucson|

VIDEO: Lane Santa Cruz, Tucson Council Member, Announces 2021 Plans

Lane Santa Cruz has represented the Westside, Southside, and Downtown of Tucson in Ward 1 since 2019. She is a second-generation Tucsonan, born and raised in the Southside. As a council member, Lane’s mission is to serve as the bridge between working families and city hall. She has a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies from the University of Arizona. Lane continues to teach courses at the U of A’s Department of Mexican American Studies and College of Education. Before running for office, Lane worked as a council aide for Ward 1 and spent more than a decade working [...]

By |2021-03-05T08:52:16-07:00March 2nd, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

Pima Dems Chair Bonnie Heidler on Removing Finchem, Ballot Harvesting and Redistricting

Many thanks to video producer Anne Simmons for editing this recording. Elected as Pima Country's Chair in December, Bonnie Heidler spoke before the Democrats of Greater Tucson on January 11. At Monday's meeting, she discussed: The indictment by the Republican attorney general of two Democratic Latinas for so-called "ballot harvesting." This is a case of voter suppression that the US Supreme Court will hear on March 3 and rule on in June. Efforts to penalize AZ Rep. Mark Finchem, member of a right-wing fringe militia, for attending the January 6 domestic terror takeover of the US capitol. Developing [...]

By |2021-01-14T09:22:14-07:00January 14th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

Council Member Nikki Lee Spotlights 2021 Goals for Tucson

Many thanks to Anne Simmons, our Video Production Editor, for editing this video. Tucson City Council member Nikki Lee spoke at Democrats of Greater Tucson on January 4, 2020, and outlined her three-pronged plan for 2021: A stronger Tucson: investing in roads, first responders, parks, small business, and attracting high-wage jobs. A smarter Tucson: using technology to improve city services and smart, sustainable public transit. A sustainable Tucson: promoting responsible growth and preserve the natural landscape. Councilwoman Nikki Lee is an Air Force veteran, IT project manager, wife, and mother of three. She was elected in 2019, and [...]

By |2021-01-07T14:41:59-07:00January 6th, 2021|Tucson|

Historic Swearing-In of Gabriella Cazares-Kelly as First Native Elected to Pima Countywide Office

Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, the first Native elected to Pima Countywide office, was sworn in on December 30, 2020, as the new County Recorder. In November 2019, Cázares-Kelly filed her candidacy as a Democrat and in November 2020, she won with a convincing 60% of the vote. Cázares-Kelly drew 289,932 votes, defeating her Republican opponent, who received 203,631 votes. Her platform included: Ballot Text Message Receipts Utilizing text message technology will enable the Recorder’s Office to share information directly with voters such as when ballots are mailed out, when they are received by the Recorder’s office, and approaching mailing deadlines. [...]

By |2020-12-30T19:24:33-07:00December 30th, 2020|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

Stop Talking About Homelessness and Start Doing Something About It

Driving through the streets of Tucson, it's impossible to miss the people experiencing homelessness here in Tucson. Whether panhandling on a traffic island at a dangerous intersection, sleeping on a piece of cardboard behind a bus stop, pushing an old shopping cart across a parking lot, or any number of miserable-looking activities, our homeless brothers and sisters are down on their luck. In 2019, there were 1,372 people who identified as homeless. However, the number has likely grown (and was probably higher in 2019 too, because that particular demographic is hard to pin down) due to the COVID-19 pandemic [...]

By |2020-12-21T18:56:20-07:00December 21st, 2020|Local Activism, Tucson|

Steve Farley Helps Homeless Pets as CEO of the Humane Society

  Steve Farley is the Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of Southern Arizona. He was named CEO for his experience and service record, such as winning the Humane Society’s Humane Legislator of the Year multiple times. He spoke at the November 16, 2020, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. Most Tucsonans know him as the artist behind the popular tile murals along the Broadway Underpass (using a process he invented) or as a long-time Arizona legislator (elected six times to office and known for his dedication to healthcare and education funding). The Humane Society has 100 [...]

By |2020-11-16T19:14:06-07:00November 16th, 2020|Tucson|

Unlawful Militia Threats to Watch for at Polling Places

What is a militia? Federal and state laws generally use the term “militia” to refer to all able-bodied residents between certain ages who may be called forth by the government to defend the United States or an individual state. See 10 U.S.C. § 246. When not called forth, they are sometimes referred to as the “unorganized militia.” A group of people who consider themselves part of the able-bodied residents referred to as members of the militia under state or federal law is not legally permitted to activate itself for duty. A private militia that attempts to activate itself for duty, [...]

By |2020-10-09T17:41:31-07:00October 9th, 2020|Tucson|

Now is the Time for All Good Democrats to Join DGT, and Come to the Aid of Their Country

Join a community of informed Democrats Rex Scott speaking at DGT before the pandemic. The stakes in the 2020 election could not be higher. Now is the time for all good Democrats to join Democrats of Greater Tucson. Membership is only $20 and you can join online at ❏ Meet enlightened people and make friends ❏ Hear dynamic speakers running for local office or leading community groups. ❏ Get an analysis of political issues and initiatives. ❏ Express your views. Say it loud! I'm a Democrat and proud! Go to We meet on Zoom every Monday at [...]

By |2020-09-27T17:38:54-07:00September 26th, 2020|Tucson|

Kirsten Engel Will Champion the People’s Agenda in the Arizona State Senate

With Senate Democratic Leader David Bradley retiring this year, voters in Arizona Legislative District Ten will have a choice on whom they want to succeed him this November. The Democrats have nominated one of the District’s current State Representatives, Kirsten Engel, to be the next State Senator. During her time in the State House: Ms. Engel has: Spoken against the discrimination of LGBTQ community members. Favored increasing low-income housing credits. Supported fully funding public education. Advocated for the state minimum wage. Championed a more robust ballot initiative process. Embraced HIV Prevention Education Legislation. Supported background checks at gun sales. Favored a [...]

By |2020-09-22T09:09:07-07:00September 22nd, 2020|State Representative, Tucson|
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