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Save Clean Elections: Let Your Voice Be Heard (video)

Clean ElectionsProgressives, we have a situation…

If you want to get big money out of politics and you like Arizona’s Clean Elections system, it’s time to speak up to save it. Irregularities in the 2016 election prompted proposed rule changes by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. (There are three versions of R2-20-702 and a new rule R2-20-703.01 – here. You can send your comments to ccec@azcleanelections.gov or go to this link and submit comments by June 19, before the commission votes at its next meeting on June 22, 2017.)

Below is the back story and a detailed explanation of the proposed rule changes.

After collecting the requisite number of petition signatures and $5 qualifying donations from people who can vote for them, Clean Elections candidates (like me) receive lump sums of $16,000 for the primary and $24,000 for the general election– in exchange for vowing not to take big money donations. With seed money and family money, the total for a Clean Elections candidate is roughly $45,000 for a Legislative campaign. All unspent CE funds must be returned to the CE commission, and all unspent seed money or seed money overage must be returned to the individual donors.

During the 2016 election, two Democratic Party Clean Elections candidates turned over all or most of their CE funds in a lump sum to the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (ADLCC) of the Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) to run their campaigns, provide paid staff, and purchase/design/mail their printed materials. ADLCC provides these services to many traditionally funded candidates and offered them to CE candidates as well in 2016. A problem arose with at least two CE candidates because the party didn’t provide individual invoices for specific services rendered.

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Watch AZ Citizens Clean Elections debates online – LD 9 and LD 10 races

Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission held 2 debates recently in Southern Arizona.  The LD 9 House debate was held at PCC Northwest campus on Oct. 14 and the LD 10 Senate & House debates were held at PCC  District Office on Oct. 18.

LD 9:  Rep.Randy Friese (D), Pam Powers Hannley (D) and Ana Henderson (R), seeking 2 House seats.

Rep. Matt Kopec (D), who was appointed to this seat in January,  was defeated in the Democratic  primary on August 30 by Hannley.  State Senator Steve Farley in LD 9 is running unopposed.

Watch LD 9 video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVUJdERwUAM&feature=share

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Watch AZ Citizens Clean Election debates online – LD 3 and LD 11 races

Arizona CCEC (Citizens Clean Elections Commission) hosted 2 debates this week in Southern Arizona:

LD 3 House debate at PCC West Campus on October 3:  Democratic House Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales and Green Party candidate Edward “Trey” Cizek III — campaigning for 2 seats in the House.  Not  participating was the other Democratic House Rep. Macario Saldate, running traditionally (not required to be there). All candidates in this race are running traditionally (not with clean elections funds), but CCEC will host a debate is someone requests it.

State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford (D) did not participate as she is unopposed.

View LD 3 debate online here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djuR3KUFMig&feature=youtu.be

LD 11 Senate and House debate at Hilton El Conquistador Hotel on October 4: State Senator Steve Smith (R) vs. challenger Ralph Atchue (D); House Rep. Mark Finchem (R), House Rep. Vince Leach (R), Democratic challenger Corin Hammond (only clean elections candidate in this race) – campaigning for 2 House seats.

View LD 11 debate online here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R7QmZ4g82k&feature=youtu.be

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.

Watch AZ Citizens Clean Elections debates online – LD 2 and LD 14 races

Arizona CCEC (Citizens Clean Elections Commission) hosted 2 debates last week in Southern Arizona:

LD 2 Senate and  House at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sept. 27: State Senator Andrea Dalessandro (D) vs. Republican challenger Shelley Kais; Representative Chris Ackerley (R), Representative Rosanna Gabaldon (D) & Daniel Hernandez Jr. (D) vying for 2 seats in the House of Representatives

View this  LD 2 debate online here:

 

LD 14 Senate and House at the Benson City Council Chambers on Sept. 28: Democratic State Senate candidate Jaime Alvarez; 2 open seats in the House being sought by Mike Holmes (D), Drew John (R), Jason Lindstrom (D), and Becky Nutt (R).

LD 14 State Senator Gail Griffin (R) did not attend, and she is not a clean elections candidate.

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Southern Az legislative races of note for General Election, 2016

CD 2 House

Dr. Matt Heinz (D) vs. Congresswoman Martha McSally (R)

CD 3 House

Congressman Raul Grijalva (D), incumbent, unopposed

LD 2 Senate

Andrea Dalessandro (D) incumbent vs. Shelley Kais (R)

LD 2 House (2 seats)

Chris Ackerley (R), incumbent

Rosanna Galdaldon (D), incumbent

Daniel Hernandez Jr. (D)

LD 3 Senate

Olivia Cajero Bedford (D) incumbent,  unopposed

LD 3 House (2 seats)

Edward “Trey” Cizek III (G)

Sally Gonzales (D), incumbent

Macario Saldate (D), incumbent

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Watch online Clean Elections debates for LD 2 and LD 9 House races

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Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Commission is hosting debates in the contested races for the August 30 primary.  In case you missed them, here’s the links to the two recent Democrat House debates in Southern AZ:

June 21:  LD 2 House:  Aaron Baumann, Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon, Daniel Hernandez Jr.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CokUpY6EFc&index=3&list=PLQ-LFUP9g3FGPla4nENEUITVEmV8wzlx5 (already has 163 views)

Two of these candidates will face off with Republican LD 2 Rep. Chris Ackerley in the General election.

June 28: LD 9 House:  Rep. Dr. Randy Friese, Pam Powers Hannley, Rep. Matt Kopec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT1p58_Y5DQ&list=PLQ-LFUP9g3FGPla4nENEUITVEmV8wzlx5 (has Continue reading