Vowing to take on the Republican leadership over unfair tax reform, trashing the environment, and sabotaging education, Congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick said it’s time for a Democrat to represent Tucson in Washington.
She got a warm welcome at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on Monday.
“My focus is on holding (House majority leader) Paul Ryan accountable,” she said. “He is complicit. We have a slight chance of taking back the majority in the House, and we could be a check on Trump and hold him responsible.”
Kirkpatrick is considered the favorite by national news outlets in the crowded Democratic race to take back Congressional District 2. “Hillary won by 5 points in this district, and it should be a Democratic seat,” she said. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named Kirkpatrick in its Red to Blue program, which highlights strong Democratic candidates and opens doors to donors.
Kirkpatrick has the endorsement of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Rep. Ruben Gallego, EMILY’s List and End Citizens United.
Posted in Congress, Economics, Education, Elections, Healthcare, Taxes
Tagged Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona, Billy Kovacs, Bruce Wheeler, health insurance, Lea Marquez Peterson, Mary Matiella, Matt Heinz
400 Democratic primary voters turned out at the candidate forum at Rincon High School.
Illustrating the intense interest among Democrats in ousting Martha McSally from Congress, 400 people turned out to hear five Democratic congressional candidates at a forum organized by the progressive PAC Represent Me AZ.
A show of hands revealed that the audience was made up of primary voters. They showed up on a Thursday evening 10 months prior to the primary, looking for the candidate who can recapture the District 2 seat in Tucson.
And it may turn out that McSally will bail on re-election as she considers running for Flake’s Senate seat.
All the Democratic candidates supported a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, allowing women on Medicaid to use Planned Parenthood, restoring funding for the Affordable Care Act, requiring a background check for gun purchases, and opposing changes to boundaries of national monuments.
As a precinct committeeman, I listened for a candidate who would most interest voters on door-to-door visits. Here’s my take.
Candidates who have been elected to office
Bruce Wheeler is the candidate with the most-clearly expressed platform. He emphasized his support for Medicare for all. “Each one of us knows someone that’s on Medicare. It works, it’s efficient, and it’s cost-effective. It’s already covering the most expensive section of the population, and by making it universal we strengthen it,” he said.
Calling for action on climate change, Wheeler said, “it is an existential issue, a ticking time bomb. Every year we go backwards is robbing future generations of a healthy planet.”
Last week the Tucson Weekly newspaper published their endorsements for various offices (Corporation Commission, Pima County, TUSD) and Propositions 205 and 206: http://blogforarizona.net/tucson-weeklys-endorsements-for-general-election-2016/
Here’s their Part 2 of endorsements for the General Election on Nov. 8, 2016 on pages 4 and 6 of today’s print edition:
U.S. Senate: Ann Kirkpatrick (D)
Congressional District 1: Tom O’Halleran (D)
Congressional District 2: Dr. Matt Heinz (D)
LD 2 Senate: Andrea Dalessandro (D), incumbent
LD 2 House: Chris Ackerley (R) incumbent and Rosanna Gabaldon (D), incumbent
Teacher’s union AFT-AZ (Arizona Federation of Teachers – AZ) has issued endorsements statewide for the General Election 2016. Below is the Southern Arizona list, being as they will be hosting a Bring Out the Vote Rally on Friday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. at Los Portales Cocina Mexicana, 2615 S. 6th Avenue in South Tucson.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged AFL-CIO, AFT-AZ, American Federation of Teachers, Andrea Dalessandro, Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona Federation of Teachers - AZ, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, Corin Hammond, Daniel Hernandez Jr. Stefanie Mach, Dustin Williams, Kirsten Engel, Lori Riegel, Los Portales Cocina Mexicana, Luis Gonzales, Matt Heinz, Ralph Atchue, Randy Friese, Tom O'Halleran
When I won the August primary, one local reporter suggested that I won in large part because I am a woman– the implication being that women vote for women. In fact, the largest voting block– by far– among Democrats in LD9 is women. Since I am running against a woman and another Clean Elections candidate in the General Election, I created this handy Election Day ven diagram showing very clearly that Ana Henderson and I have very different stances on the issues. In particular, I want the women of LD9 to know where we both stand on women’s rights.
Matt Heinz, Brian Bickel, and I have something in common. We’re all running against Republican women who are running stealth campaigns and hiding their opinions from the voters.
Heinz is running for Congressional District 2 against Congresswoman Martha McSally who is infamous for dodging questions and debates. Bickel is running for Pima County Supervisor against incumbent Ally Miller, who refused to be interviewed by the Arizona Daily Star (and other media outlets) for their candidate series. For the LD9 seat, I am running against Tea Party candidate Ana Henderson who is hoping that $5500 worth of giant signs featuring her and her dog (but not her party affiliation or any detauls about her) will convince voters to back her.
If my website stats are any indication, voters want to know where candidates stand on the issues. Leading up to primary voting day on August 30, my website stats were booming, and the page visitors went to most often– after the home page– was the Issues tab. (Inquiring minds want to know.)
Unfortunately, Henderson didn’t answer AZCentral’s candidate questionnaire this summer, didn’t show up to the LD9 interview with the Arizona Daily Star a few weeks ago, and didn’t attend the Pima County Interfaith Council (PCIC) candidate forum this past Sunday. More than 500 people — most representing local churches or charitable organizations like the Community Food Bank and Literacy Connects– attended the PCIC event hoping to hear multiple candidates speak about public education, hunger, and drugs. Now the question is: Will Henderson show up for the LD9 Clean Elections Debate on October 14 or pay the no-show fine?
Posted in Abortion, Arizona State Legislature, Campaigns, Civil Rights, Debates, Economics, Education, Elections, Ethics, Gender Equality, GOP War On..., Healthcare, IOKIYAR, Pamela Powers Hannley, Tucson
Tagged Ana Henderson, Brian Bickel, Dr. Randy Friese, LD9, Martha McSally, Matt Heinz, pamela powers hannley
Arizona Public Media (AZPM, PBS Channel 6) hosted a debate on August 5, 2016 between the two Democrats vying for Congressional District 2 House of Representatives seat — both former AZ House Representatives Dr. Matt Heinz and Victoria Steele. They face off in the August 30 primary, one to challenge incumbent Republican Congresswoman (1 term) Martha McSally in the General Election.
Watch the debate online here:
Dr. Matt Heinz
Matt Heinz’s campaign website: http://www.heinzforarizona.com/#intro. Dr. Heinz ran unsuccessfully before in the August 2012 primary for this same seat against Congressman Ron Barber.
Victoria Steele’s campaign website:http://www.victoriasteeleforcongress.com/
Vote wisely on or before August 30, 2016. Early ballots went out on August 3.