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Most Democrats know Susan Bickel as the Chair of Legislative District 9, where she has been on the board for seven years. But a key part of her Democratic career was earlier, when she lived in Douglas, AZ, from 2000-2013 and successfully motivated rural voters.

More than 350,000 Arizonans live in rural areas — enough to make the difference in an election.

As a Democratic activist in Cochise County, Susan identified key messages to appeal to rural voters:

  • The economy: many jobs depend on mining and the price of copper.
  • The border wall: like the Berlin Wall, it cuts of businesses on both sides of the border.
  • Immigration: Douglas is directly on the border, and most voters have family on both sides.

Back in college, Susan had met her husband, Brian, on the recommendation of one of his cousins, right after he came back from Vietnam after discharging honorably at Marine Corps.

Susan, who is a retired dietitian and an Arizona native, moved to Tucson with Brian in2013 and she immediately became active in LD, one of the bluest districts in the state.

Among her achievements:

  • LD9 Elected PC and State committee member, 2013-present.
  • Pima County Democratic Party 2nd vice-chair, 2014-2016.
  • Co-chair PCDP PC & Volunteer Development Committee, 2014-2017.
  • LD9 PC & Volunteer Development Committee, 2017-2018.
  • LD9 Corresponding Secretary, 2017-present.
  • LD9 Communications Team, 2018-2020.

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