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Inequality, Access to Care & Workforce Development: Legislative Update at DGT, Dec 4

Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley

Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley at the recent joint health committee meeting.

Economic Inequality, Access to Care & Workforce Development will be the focus of my Legislative update at the Democrats of Greater Tucson Meeting on Monday, December 4.

Come on down and hear how Arizona could lessen economic inequality and improve access to care while developing new career paths. Also, hear about new legislation being proposed in these areas in 2018.

Mingling starts after 11:30 a.m., and the program starts at noon on the dot. For $10, you can enjoy the Chinese buffet at the Dragon View Restaurant.

If you live in LD9 and have not donated $5 to support my Clean Elections campaign, please bring an extra $5 to the luncheon. Can’t make it on Monday? You can donate $5 online here and watch my blog for more on this topic.

Watch Pima County Attorney candidates debate on AZPM

On Friday July 29, 2016 Arizona Public Media (AZPM, PBS Channel 6) hosted a debate between 5 term Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall and her challenger political newcomer Joel Feinman, who worked for 8 years in the Public Defender’s office.  Both candidates are Democrats, so this is a primary election race (August 30), to face off with Green candidate Cyndi Tuell in the General election.

Joel Feinman

Joel Feinman


Pima County Atty. Barbara LaWall

Pima County Atty. Barbara LaWall






Watch the debate online here:


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District 4 Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll not to seek re-election

District 4 Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll announced today that he is not seeking re-election for another 4 year term on the Pima County Bd. of Supervisors. He was first appointed in May, 1997 and won election in 1998, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012.
This year he would have faced a Republican primary challenge on August 30, 2016 from Navy veteran Marla Closen  who announced in August, 2015.  Other Republicans (i.e. former car dealer  Steve Christy)  may likely enter this primary race, now that Carroll is retiring.
District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll

District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll

In 2012 Carroll had no Democratic challenger and defeated his Republican primary opponent Sean Collins, 57.07% to 42.78%.
Supervisor Carroll’s farewell/retirement speech tonight:
“I’ve asked you to Mills-Touché here today because the family store, owned and currently operated by my wife Ann, symbolizes my long term commitment to this community. It will soon celebrate its 60th year in business. As a testament to her loyalty to her family and their brand, Ann has worked here for 30 years. She is as relentless and logical in business as she is unwavering and constant as a devoted mother and wife.

I came to Tucson, Arizona, in 1984 after meeting my soul mate, Ann Touché, at Regis University. Not only did I fall in love with Ann, for she is the perfect woman for me, since moving here, I have fallen in love with the Sonoran desert. On our first visit to the Old Pueblo, I knew that this was the place I wanted to settle down and raise a family, and leave Chicago for good. Arizona sunlight is brighter than the fading glow of any success I could have held without her.

I have been reflecting on the friends, family,progress and achievements in the community that I have been a part of for more than 30 years. I personally consider some of the highlights to be:

• the institution of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, a classic compromise between development and the environment;

• the rebuilding of the community of Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon after the tragic fire of 2003. I have come to admire County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry and his staff of their ability during the Aspen Fire;

 the recent completion of a new private hospital in Green Valley; 

• the conversion of Pima Animal Control from a depository where unwanted pets were usually destroyed to Pima Animal Care which is close to being a no-kill shelter; 

• and finally the simple fact that Pima County is the only county in Arizona that has no direct sales tax.

Pima County is a unique place because it combines southwest history and culture with technology and innovation. I have witnessed Pima County take on the challenge of accommodating a fast growing population while holding on to its distinctive cultural integrity. I am proud to be involved with strengthening ties with our neighbor, Mexico, and helping to build bridges and not walls. Pima County has partnered with organizations and companies like the University of Arizona, Raytheon and Davis Monthan Air Force Base. We are taking steps to ensure the youth we educate stay in Tucson. We bring innovative business and technology here without compromising the integrity of our natural resources. 

Pima County will always hold a special place in my heart also because this is where Ann and I have raised three wonderful children. 

Like a beautiful vista from our desert scenery, my wife, Ann has been the desert oasis of my political career. My wife, Ann, is a saintly woman who deserves the reverence that I hold her. God is sacred next to my own heart and our inner life as one in the Catholic faith makes Ann and I solid and unbreakable

I am also grateful for the support of our three beautiful, healthy and happy children: Maria, Shane and CarlitosOur children were too young to remember when I started but they have banded together now and hope to see my promise to travel with Southern Methodist University, Carlitos’ football team, to every game next season a reality. Even though I have been courted to run for higher office, you only have one chance to raise your children and I firmly believe that there is no higher calling than to be a devoted and ever-present father. I have never regretted making that decision. Pima County is and will always be home to them and to our family.

No one has had more fun than I have as a politician. My parents, who were also public servants- my father worked in the City of Chicago Fleet Department and my mother was a Cook County nurse serving the homebound and indigent her entire career- have inspired me well.

During my five terms as a Pima County Supervisor, I have done my best to reflect the views of a majority of my constituents. I have trusted the people and, in turn, they have put trust in me. This is your district seat and I have always served faithfully my county and my church. These things will endure after I retire and after I fade from memory. I have met an incredible number of great people and have been justifiably proud to represent them. I have long enjoyed being a Pima County Supervisor and I considered it a full time job and have held no other. I hope that good comes from my service. I take justifiable pride in the 20 years I willingly give to Pima County. At age 54, it is time to serve in other ways. “As Spirit moves you, you must go forward.”

I will continue to serve Pima County and the public interest, but I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2016.


I am glad you are here. I was once told to never start a fight with someone who buys their ink by the barrel. This will be the last chance for two weeks to interview me before I go on a religious pilgrimage to Israel starting this weekend. The roots of Catholic and Jewish faiths go back thousands of years intertwined at the bosom of Abraham. I’ve waited a lifetime since my Catholic school boy days to experience the Holy land. I remain at heart the same Catholic schoolboy who wanted to do good and to be one of the three things when he grew up: a priest, a policeman or a politician.”

District 4 voter registration:

Democrats  32,931
Republicans  44,481
Libertarians 775
Greens 205
Others  38,897
All Pima County Supervisors are up for re-election this November, 2016. Here’s who’s running and their probable challengers:
District 1:
Ally Miller (R) incumbent is being challenged by Democrat/former hospital administrator Brian Bickel, who spoke at Democrats of Greater Tucson this week. Another Democrat Jeff Farrell is also in the race.
District 2:
Ramon Valadez (D) incumbent will be facing a challenge from Sunnyside Recall Committee activist  Richard (Ricardo) Hernandez, who is a registered Independent.
District 3:
Sharon Bronson (D) incumbent will be challenged by Republican/retired police officer Kim DeMarco (who announced in Nov. 2015).  Another Republican Christopher Wolff is also in the race. Sharon is the longest serving Supervisor on this board, having been elected in Nov. 1996.
District 4:
Open seat now, with Republican Marla Closen already announced; no D candidate in race as yet
District 5:
Richard Elias (D) incumbent, has no challenger to date.




5 of 7 Democratic TUSD board candidates to speak at DGT

Democrats of Greater Tucson – DGT (www.tucsondemocrats.org) is hosting a forum for Democrats running for the TUSD Governing Board in the General Election of Nov. 2014.  9 candidates are seeking two seats on the board, currently held by incumbents President Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks.

Speaking on Monday September 15, at 12 noon at Dragon’s View restaurant, 400 N. Bonita Ave. are registered Democrats:   Rene Bernal, Don Cotton, Jen Darland, Adelita Grijalva, and Betts Putnam-Hidalgo.  Also invited but not attending: Miguel Cuevas (former TUSD school board member) and Francis Saitta.

Although this is a non-partisan race, the 9 candidates’ political party registration is known in the community.  Candidates Michael Hicks and Debe Campos-Fleenor have been speaking at the Pima County Republican Club, and are listed on the candidate page of the Pima County Republican Party, www.pimagop.org.

Bd. member and President Adelita Grijalva has been endorsed by the Tucson Education Assn. and the Tucson Metro Chamber.  Political newcomer  Jen Darland was also endorsed by the latter group. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) is also supporting Grijalva and Darland.

Current TUSD Board member Mark Stegeman (now registered as an Independent, formerly a Democrat) is supporting fellow board member Michael Hicks and candidate Debe Campos-Fleenor, an insurance agent.

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First TUSD Governing Board candidates’ forum


9 candidates are seeking the 2 positions open on this voluntary board for Tucson Unified School District, currently held by President Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks. Read more in my previous post on these 9 candidates, running in a nonpartisan race.


Another forum coming up on Monday September 15 at Democrats of Greater Tucson at high noon. See Blog for AZ Calendar for more details.

Board member Hicks and candidate Debe Campos-Fleenor spoke on Monday August 25 to the Tucson Republican Women’s Club at the Viscount Suites Hotel.

Tucson Education Association has endorsed  board member Adelita Grijalva for this TUSD School Bd.

Vote wisely on or before November 4, 2014.

Who’s running for TUSD Governing Bd. in 2014

Today was the filing deadline for those interested in serving on the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board.  Nine  people filed by the 5 p.m. deadline, so here’s the cast of candidates to choose from in the November 4th general  election.  This is a nonpartisan race for 2 school board members (unpaid volunteers). The two incumbents are Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks, both running for re-election. In alphabetical order from last name:

Rene Bernal , applied software engineer at Honeywell, political newcomer, www.tusdsbernal.com

Debe Campos-Fleenor, owner of financial/ insurance agency, ran before in 2012. www.debefortusd.com

Don Cotton, self-employed businessman, ran before in 2012, father of 2 TuSD students, www.cottontusd.com

Miguel Cuevas, former TUSD board member, elected in  2008, lost in 2012 (came in 4th for 3 seats, out of a pool of 12 candidates), project coach at AFNI, www.votemiguelcuevas.comhttps://www.facebook.com/Miguelcuevasfortusd

Jenifer Darland, policical newcomer, community activist, mother of 2 TUSD children, www. darlandfortusd.com, https://www.facebook.com/DarlandforTUSD

Adelita Grijalva, current board member and President, has served since 2004, http://www.adelitafortusd.com/https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adelita-Grijalva-for-TUSD-School-Board/130007817047419, daughter of CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva, mother of 2 TUSD students

Michael Hicks, current board member, elected in 2010, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Hicks-for-2014-TUSD-School-Board-Member/112861325429566, father of 2 TUSD students

Betts Putnam-Hidalgo,  community activist & part time teacher, ran before in 2012, mother of son at TUSD school, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stand-with-betts-for-TUSD/204287006336384

Francis Saitta,  Pima Community College adjunct math/ science teacher, ran unsuccessfully for PCC Governing Bd. in 2012 (District 5) Continue reading