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LD22 Newsletter - June 2019

Welcome to the Arizona Legislative District 22 Monthly Newsletter.  
Working to support families and businesses in our community. 

Upcoming LD22 Meeting

Thursday June 20th
5:30pm to 6:30pm Social Hour
6:30pm to 8:00pm Meeting and Speakers

 
Speakers this month include:

Meeting is held every third Thursday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 17540 N Ave of the Arts, Surprise AZ 85378. 

In this Edition:
 
See All Upcoming Events
Join us for TACO TUESDAY every first Tuesday of the Month.

June 4th from 5:30 – 7:30 at Urban Margarita
6685 W Beardsley Rd #180, Glendale, AZ 85308.

https://www.urbanmargarita.com/

 

Val Harris, former LD22 State House Candidate, will be there with Outlaw Dirty Money petitions to be signed so bring friends!


Receive a raffle ticket for showing up and win a gift card to a local restaurant! If you bring a friend you get an extra raffle ticket! Who doesn’t need a TACO support group?
Speaker Spotlights - June LD22 Meeting
Robert Olsen
Democratic Candidate for US Congress, CD 8
 
I have spent my entire adult life serving the public. I come from a blue collar family, and am the first in my family to graduate from college, ultimately earning a law degree.

I’ve held several overlapping positions throughout my professional career. I am a retired military veteran with 10 years active duty and 22 years in the reserve, recalled twice following 9-11. I am also a retired firefighter, heavily involved in labor issues for 25 plus years as a Union vice-president, negotiator, and shop steward.

I’ve worked as a 911 dispatcher, police officer, DEA agent, an adjunct college professor, small business owner, an analyst for Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), a trainer for US Navy security forces, and as a lawyer serving primarily modest means families and indigent defense. I continue to serve my community here in Arizona as a volunteer Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City West dispatcher and patrol officer.

I’ve been married to my wife Linda for nearly 30 years. We have two beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons.

I look forward to serving Arizona as US Representative for Congressional District 8, and welcome the challenge of working across the aisle to reach outcomes that help Arizona and our nation.

Email: bob@BobOlsen2020.com
Website: BobOlsen2020.com
Sign my electronic petition at:  http://azsos.gov/elections

Heather Macre

Heather Macre was elected to her first term on the CAWCD Board of Directors on November 6, 2012, to represent Maricopa County.  She was re-elected in 2018 and will serve until 2024.

 Ms. Macre is a partner at Aiken Schenk Hawkins and Ricciardi where she practices commercial litigation and healthcare law. She earned a BA from the University of Florida and a law degree from University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Ms. Macre is a member of Phoenix Sun's Charities SC 88 and has served on the Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission and the Board of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona.

Ms. Macre is married to Steven Kruczek and has one daughter, Dorothy. Ms. Macre enjoys reading and spinning.

Facebook: HeatherMacre4CAWCD
Twitter: @Macre4CAWCD
www.heathermacre4cawcd.com

Gilbert Romero

Gilbert Romero is one of the Regional Directors for Outlaw Dirty Money. He was most recently a Democratic candidate for the State Legislature in 2018. He's worked as a community organizer with the organization, LUCHA, advocating for worker and immigrant rights. He comes from a family of migrant farm workers and is excited to outlaw dirty money in Arizona so that we can finally end the corrupt influence of dirty money in Arizona's politics once and for all.

Website: outlawdirtymoney.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/outlawdirtymoney/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OutlawDirty
Election 2020!

As the 2020 elections get closer more and more candidates are declaring for state and local seats.  As they announce we will be including links to their campaigns on our website at https://ld22democrats.com/candidates.html

Did you know that you can sign some candidate nominating petitions and make clean elections contributions on line at the Secretary of State’s website? https://apps.azsos.gov/equal/ 



Help by supporting your community
Community involvement and public service also includes using your voice to better your city and the services they provide.

Democrats in the northwest valley are not well represented in any level of our cities’ governments so our values are not championed nor are we gaining the experience and strength we need to compete at higher levels in the state.  We need Democrats to serve in city government on volunteer Boards or Commissions so our values are included in how our cities operate.  You can support your community and gain the skills you need to lead in our state.  Find out how at the links below.

https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3100/Welcome

https://www.glendaleaz.com/boardsandcommissions/ 
https://www.peoriaaz.gov/government/departments/city-clerk-s-office/board-and-commission-meetings/vacancies
 

The SMAC (Social Media and Communications) Team is looking for volunteers to help with the newsletter and social media.  Do you have experience with writing, editing or providing content?  Are you active in groups that would like to share their message with LD22 Dems?  Contact - vjharris90@gmail.com

 

LD22 Dems is looking for volunteers to help plan and execute upcoming district events and fundraisers in support of our district and our candidates.
If interested in creating positive, educational experiences for voters contact
bobbie.kithcart@gmail.com


Get to know the LD22 volunteers!

LD22 Volunteers

JOIN LD22 ARIZONA DEMOCRATS
Help Move Arizona Forward

Become part of a team and help create an Arizona that works for everyone.  The LD22 Democrats are launching an organized effort to recruit and train volunteers to reach out to voters that we have never talked to before across our district.  This is your invitation to join the team. Help move Arizona forward.  Each month we will highlight a volunteer who joined the team and is moving Arizona forward.

  Volunteer Spotlight 
Dean Campbell


When did you get involved with the Democratic Party and why?
 
I originally got involved with the Democrats back in 1968 when I recall caucusing for Hubert Humphrey in Minnesota.  Fast forward 41 years to 2009 when I retired from federal service in Utah.  I showed up at a Democratic organizing caucus and elected myself precinct chair.  I was looking for somewhere to make a difference for working stiffs, so I joined the Obama Campaign.  I was thrilled to work on a campaign and for a party where I felt that I contributed to helping the middle-class and the American worker.
 
What type of volunteering activities did you do in the past?
 
I was a Democratic Precinct Chair in Utah from 2009 to 2017.  Democrats were not very active where I lived so I joined the Obama Campaign and became a neighborhood team leader in late 2011.  I recruited volunteers and I canvassed in Colorado along with hundreds of other Utah Democrats.  I helped run a staging location in Arvada, Colorado, a swing district where we eventually won by 4%.  I began to really enjoy knocking on doors during this experience and learned how powerful this tool was to swing voters to our party.  In 2013 I ran for Legislative District Chair and won.  I was re-elected in 2015 and we successfully flipped a Republican State House seat to Democrat in November 2016.  In 2017 I moved to Arizona and was appointed Precinct Committeeman for Dusty Trail and in 2018 was elected to that position.  I canvassed doors, wrote postcards and worked on the 2018 Coordinated Campaign.  I participated as a Staging Location Director and knocked doors when I had the time.
 
Why is volunteering important to you?
 
I spent a career working for the U.S. Department of Labor enforcing basic worker protection laws.  After 33 years the middle-class worker was worse off when I retired than when I started with Uncle Sam.  It just wasn’t right.  I decided to “get involved” and “stop throwing my shoes at the TV.”  If not me, who?  If not now, when?  Lending a hand to improve conditions for the country’s middle-class workforce is worth the effort to me.
 
What are your plans for volunteering in 2019?
 
Thanks to the support of our LD Chair, Bobbie Kithcart, I am serving as the LD’s VAN Captain.  In this role I hope to significantly contribute to electing Democrats up and down the ballot.  It is my goal to establish an enduring data infrastructure so that voter contact and volunteer management is effective and efficient.  In addition, I plan to knock on as many doors as possible between now and November 2020.
 
Do you have a favorite volunteer story you want to share?
 
During the final 10 days of the 2012 Obama Presidential campaign I rode my bicycle knocking doors during the Get-Out-The-Vote phase.  On the Saturday before election day I knocked 172 doors.  It was a bit easier than it sounds because I was assigned a few turfs that included apartment buildings.

 

Are you interested in civic engagement beyond voting?  LD22 has many volunteer opportunities that can fit any schedule.  Check out our volunteer link for more information.
 
For specific information about current Volunteer opportunities you can also contact Cheri Tomlinson at cheri.tomlinson254@gmail.com or 602.561.9470.
Legislative News

Arizona Legislature updates

The 54th Arizona Legislature, First Regular Session, passed the final state budget, finished its business, and adjourned Monday night, May 27.  Here is the good , the bad and the ugly.

AZ LEGISLATURE WEEKLY UPDATE

Do you want to know how Senator David livingston and Representatives Ben Toma and Frank Carroll voted?

The information is not available online but you can request voting records through:

House Chief Clerk’s office – (602) 926-3032
Senate Secretary’s office – (602) 926-
4231
SAVE THE DATES!
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WATCH PARTIES

June 26th & June 27th 
5:00 pm –  until the end or when you want leave!
 
Appetizers, wine & beer served. Tthe Democratic field is very crowded and they will randomly select 10 qualifying candidates for each night. There will be two watch parties each night, one west of El Mirage Rd and one east of El Mirage Rd. (Events are held in a private home in Sund City West, Surprise Farms and Glendale)
So pick a date and RSVP!
 
Private home addresses available once you RSVP to bobbie.kithcart@gmail.com

Or call Bobbie @ 623-521-7939 for addresses and hosts.

 

 

The day before Memorial Day was a contemplative time for me as I reflected on and gave thanks to the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As a veteran and Chair of LD22, I exercised my patriotic duty and met three others to canvass one of our many “orphan precincts” that lack a precinct committeeperson.

Two loyal LD22 PCs came out of their precinct to help canvass and brought someone who had attended our first Taco Tuesday last month at Urban Margarita. Our guest volunteered because she knew she “had to do something.” That something entailed a couple of hours of work to knock on doors, motivate fellow Democrats, share our values, and ask for help to ensure success in 2020.

There were many interesting and motivated people that we met. But one stood out to us as a beacon of reason as we ramp up for 2020.

I pulled up to her home as the garage door opened and she was about to get in her van. She was dressed in jeans and a blouse with a beautiful unruly spray of white hair framing her face. I looked at my information to see how old she was. She was 85! She confidently smiled and slowly walked toward me to meet in the driveway. 

I introduced myself as a Democrat meeting fellow Democrats to thank them for their work in the mid-term elections. I thanked her for being one of our Super Democrats when it came to her voting record, and pointed out that our LD’s voter turnout was the second highest in the State midterms at 75 percent! Her quick wit kicked in and she replied, “Oh yes! I have been a Democrat since I could think!”

I explained that her consistent voting record helped lead to the 12 days of mid-terms last year when each day another Democrat won. But that we had to do even more in 2020. She smiled sadly, shook her head, looked into my eyes and said, “But you know, voting is not enough. I am so sorry that I am so old and cannot help you meet more Democrats.”
She began to tell me her story. She described herself as a young girl in Germany when Hitler became chancellor. She expressed that she was old enough to know that her family was frightened at the changes as they watched in horror as the Nazi party came into full power. 

“He made the Nazi party, he created a state of emergency, lied to everyone about everything, he ordered the SS to infiltrate everywhere and manipulate people with fear—just like what is happening here now. He tore my country apart with the hatred of many non-Germans, especially the Jews. At first my family couldn’t believe they would allow this.” She held her face and shook her head before continuing, “so many people died because of his path to Fuhrer and no one did a thing!”
She looked up at me and grabbed my elbows pulling me toward her and fiercely declared that we cannot let this happen again, because she sees the US as going down a similar path.

“My family didn’t think they needed to leave Germany until after the war started. My mother thankfully insisted we leave, in spite of my father’s reluctance. I was about 16 years old when we settled in Denmark. I attended university and received a graduate degree but I felt so guilty for so many years. I wasn’t there to help and now I am too old to help. Please promise me that you won’t give up.”

I felt so disheartened as she drew parallels in her story to our country’s singular dismantling of the separation of power and disregard for our Democratic conventions. My own fear rose up and my throat tightened making it difficult to speak, but I made her that promise.

I hope you too will join me in the promise to not give up.

If her story compels you, come to one of our scheduled regular social events to share your own story and concerns. Come and learn how we plan to honor her request. You may even meet her—I promised I would call to see if I could pick her up for our June 4th Taco Tuesday night at Urban Margarita from 5pm to 7pm!

After all, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

 

Bobbie Kithcart

Precinct of the Month
West Wing
The Sunrise Mountain Preserve also protects desert and mountain areas.
 
Many of the neighborhoods include open areas with desert and mountains that are protected from development.
 
West Wing Mountain is known throughout the area for its hiking trails.

West Wing Precinct is located in the far northeast corner of Legislative District 22.  

West Wing consists of four distinct neighborhoods - Cibola Vista, West Wing, Rock Springs, and Sonoran Mountain Ranch - and includes 13 gated communities. The population is rapidly increasing with one new development nearing completion and another very large one just starting. 

Hopefully, most of those new residents will be Democrats because right now there are 1,211 Democrats, 3,270 Republicans, and 2,054 Others living in the precinct. 

Thanks to the efforts of the PCs last summer, 1,072 (88.5%) of the Dems are on PEVL (Permanent Early Voting List). Sign Up for Early Voting Here! 

West Wing is also a young precinct with 952 (78.6%) of the 1,211 Democrats being 60 or younger. These people are busy working and raising families. Canvassing and meeting these constituents has required the PCs to be creative. 

West Wing is home to three of the current Board members: 1st Chair Cheri Tomlinson, 2nd Chair Bev Baird, and Secretary Janet Pettifer. Six of the 12 slots for Precinct Committeepersons have been filled and the list of volunteers grows larger each week. 

All of the PCs and Volunteers will be ready to give maximum effort to turn out as many votes for Democratic candidates as possible, even in this deep red Precinct.

Precinct Map

The Cibola Vista neighborhood is just east of Lake Pleasant Parkway and surrounds the Cibola Vista Resort
The three Rock Springs neighborhoods fit between the north side of Jomax Rd and the mountains.
 
The Sonoran Mountain Ranch neighborhood is isolated at the very north end of Sonoran Mountain Ranch Road. To get there requires driving north as 67th becomes Pyramid Peak Parkway and taking a hard left onto SMR Road.
 
The West Wing Mountain neighborhood extends to the mountains on each side of 83rd as it becomes West Wing Parkway.
 
Things to do in 22

Do you know of any events of interest coming up in the District?  Fun family spots or good eats?  Let us know!

 

Sun City Grand Democrats have their monthly Blue Breakfast

Thursday, June 6th 8:30AM to 10:00AM at Coco’s

15955 W Clearview Blvd, Surprise, AZ 85374

 

Sun City Grand Democrats have their monthly Blue Monday dinner

Monday,  June 10th 5:00pm - 6:30pm at COCO's

15955 W Clearview Blvd, Surprise, AZ 85374

 

Northwest Valley Democrat Club Breakfast

Wednesday, June 26th 10:00am

Tivoli Gardens, 12535 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85378, USA

 

Donations Needed

LD22 has a big year ahead of us and we need your help!  Your investment will help us work to sustain our Democratic values. 

Thank you for being a part of the success of LD22 Democrats!
 

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