May 2022

Environmental Activist Lauren Kuby for Arizona Corporation Commissioner

By |2022-05-13T08:09:56-07:00May 13th, 2022|Environment|

Environmental activist Lauren Kuby, a Democrat running for the Arizona Corporation Commission, kicked off the first Discussion for Democracy program, presented by the Pima County Democratic Party. Our host, Larry Bodine, President of Democrats of Greater Tucson, interviewed Kuby about efforts to increase sustainable energy sources. Lauren Kuby is a two-term Tempe council member, former vice mayor of Tempe, and a senior sustainability scientist at Arizona State University. She is an advocate for fair, equitable worker protections as well as social, economic, and environmental justice. She led Tempe’s Dark Money ballot initiative and created the Tempe Sustainability Commission.

Avery Anderson for Congress in Tucson’s CD6

By |2022-05-12T13:25:22-07:00May 12th, 2022|Arizona Politics|

Avery Anderson is running for Congress in Tucson’s CD6, spoke at the May 9, 2020 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. Video production by Mallory Riegger. At age 28, Avery serves in two lead engineer roles at Raytheon since 2018, working to advance America’s defense through cutting-edge technology. Avery did not intend to get into politics, but it became apparent to him that our current system has major flaws that could use a fresh approach from a younger perspective. He has developed a decision-making process that is facts-based – as opposed to special interest-influenced. His platform includes: A Younger Generation of Representation Appealing to [...]

DGT Member Herschella Horton of Tucson Dies at 83

By |2022-05-11T19:21:48-07:00May 10th, 2022|In Memoriam|

Former Democratic state lawmaker Herschella Horton of Tucson died at age 83 on May 4, 2022. Her children did not announce a cause. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on May 13 at the Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1019 E. 31st Street, Tucson, and live-streamed on the church's Facebook page and YouTube pages. Horton was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1989 and served five two-year terms. She served on the House health, environment and appropriations committees. In addition to her legislative service, Horton served on many community boards and commissions as a volunteer. In [...]

State Rep. Daniel Hernandez for Congress in Tucson’s CD6

By |2022-05-04T10:40:13-07:00May 4th, 2022|US Congress|

Daniel Hernandez is a state representative, former school board president, and lifelong Arizonan running for Congress in Tucson’s CD6. Taking office in 2017, Daniel was one of the youngest legislators elected and is a co-founder of the House LGBTQ caucus. He spoke at the May 2, 2022, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. In the House, he has worked with both Republicans and Democrats to pass bills protecting survivors of sexual assault and to secure $20 million for school resource officers, counselors, and social workers. He also led the fight against legislation that would discriminate against LGBTQ Arizonans. He fought [...]

Videos of Speakers at Democrats of Greater Tucson

By |2022-05-04T12:56:10-07:00May 4th, 2022|Attorney General, Ballot Referenda and Initiatives, Criminal Justice, Education, Elections, Immigration/Refugees, Law Enforcement, Local Candidates and Electeds, Referendum, Secretary of State, State Representative, State Senator, Supervisor|

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 [...]

Ed Beshore and Jane Conlin: Fight Climate Change with a Price on Carbon and Dividend

By |2022-05-03T14:08:07-07:00May 2nd, 2022|Environment|

The co-leaders of the Tucson chapter of the Citizen's Climate Lobby, Ed Beshore and Jane Conlin, addressed a Democrats of Grater Tucson Salon, held on April 28, 2022. For further research: A comparison of carbon pricing proposals (Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy) Household Impact Study (Kevin Ummel) Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act Resources for the Future Carbon Price Page Luntz survey looking into support for a carbon dividends plan How to talk about the climate with others Dr. Jennifer Carman | Yale Climate Connections Border Adjustments (Niskanan Center)

April 2022

As State Senator in New LD18, Priya Sundareshan will Secure our Water Supply

By |2022-04-28T11:39:24-07:00April 27th, 2022|State Senator|

Priya Sundareshan, a candidate for State Senator in New LD18, spoke at the DGT meeting, on April 21, 2022. She is a law professor at the University of Arizona and the Director of the Natural Resource Use and Management Clinic at the University of Arizona. She appreciates the importance of making science-based decisions, especially to preserve the environment. Earlier, she was an attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., where she advocated for sustainable federal fisheries management. Edited transcript Priya Sundareshan: I'm very excited to be talking to you as today's speaker. I know I've met many of [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Which Party Do You Want to See Trying to Stop Inflation?

By |2022-04-24T09:14:37-07:00April 24th, 2022|Arizona Politics|

We must continue to be aware of the existential crisis of our American democracy as the US and Arizona careen toward our off-year election of federal and state legislators, and executive branch officers in Arizona. We are also electing a U.S. Senator for a full six-year term. There is no end to the predictions of pundits and prognosticators of an electoral debacle for us Democrats. I will grant that the Democratic Party leadership in Washington appears stunned like a deer in the headlights of an oncoming tractor-trailer full of angry elephants. But, despite this, take heart! We do have a [...]

DGT Salon with Progressive Veterans from Common Defense of Arizona

By |2022-04-16T08:25:42-07:00April 16th, 2022|Community Organizing|

For our kickoff evening Salon on March 24, 2022, we presented three progressive veterans from, the country’s largest veteran-led grassroots organization committed to mobilizing veterans to elect accountable leaders and promote progressive values in 2022 and beyond. Not all veterans are conservatives and Republicans. Sgt. Sylvia Andersh, USAF Sgt. Michael O'Connell, USMC Sgt. Caleb Hayter, USMC We have three wonderful Arizona veterans joining us to explain the history, mission, and work of this progressive organization and to discuss those topics with our DGT community: Sgt. Caleb Hayter, USMC. He will lead off with his videos and [...]

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