Category Archives: Endorsements

GOP candidates demonstrate contempt for their GOP primary voters: no debates!

There has been an interesting reveal from the The Arizona Republic fka The Arizona Republican this week.

Its editorial board is currently conducting interviews with candidates for the purpose of making primary endorsements.

It turns out the GOP candidates for governor and U.S. Senate are willing to meet with the editors of the The Arizona Republican, but they are not willing to debate one another in the GOP primary.

These GOP candidates demonstrate contempt for their GOP primary voters by refusing to debate. The Arizona Republican should withhold its endorsement of any candidate who refuses to debate his or her opponent and demonstrate such contempt for primary voters. (The Arizona Republican will, of course, endorse the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry approved establishment candidates Doug Ducey and Martha McSally, because rubber-stamping the chamber endorsed candidates is what they have always done).

This is why editorial endorsements carry so little weight these days.

In any case, Gov. Doug Ducey, challenger Ken Bennett meet for first time before Arizona GOP primary:

In what will likely be their only face-to-face discussion of policy issues before the Republican primary election, Gov. Doug Ducey and his challenger, former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, exchanged polite verbal jabs Friday during a meeting with The Arizona Republic editorial board.

Ducey has declined to debate Bennett at two forums next week: one co-hosted by The Republic and Arizona PBS, and another sponsored by the Clean Elections Commission.

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Julie Gunnigle pledges to fight corruption as a State Representative for LD 15

LD 15 Democratic State House Candidate Julie Gunnigle

In what has become the designated meeting place for Legislative District 15 Democratic Candidates, the Starbucks at Tatum and Paradise Parkway, Julie Gunnigle ardently relayed why she would be the best candidate to work for the district’s constituents as one of the two State House Representatives after the November elections.

Ms. Gunnigle is one of three Democrats running for two State House seats in LD 15. The others are Jennifer Samuels and Tonya MacBeth. In what is a likely result of the prevailing political winds (The Trump Administration, the reactionary state Republican Legislature, and Governor beholden to Dark Money-Koch Interests), this is the first time in recent memory more than one Democrat is running to secure at least one of the State House seats.

Who is Julie Gunnigle?

 A native of LD 15, Ms. Gunnigle graduated with a Law Degree from Notre Dame University and served as a Cook County Prosecutor in Illinois (where she participated in the indictment of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Cook County) before moving back with her family in 2011 to practice education (special needs including gifted), midwifery, veteran’s affairs, and reproductive rights law. Some of her work (veteran’s law for example) is performed on a pro bono basis. She also taught at Summit Law School and has been a member of the Arizona Association Advocating for the Gifted and Talented, advocating for special needs children and restoration of funding for them in front of the Arizona State Legislature for three years. She is also a wife and mother.

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Overcoming adversity, LD 24 Candidate Jennifer Longdon has devoted herself to a life of public service based on compassion and human interests.

LD 24 Democratic State House Candidate Jennifer Longdon

Jennifer Longdon symbolizes what a person can do when he or she overcomes great adversity. A native of Chicago (she favors Deep Dish Pizza to New York Style), Ms. Longdon has lived in Arizona since 1999. A successful businesswoman and mother, she was the victim of a random shooting in 2004 that permanently paralyzed her from the waist down. The shooting financially ruined her with her health insurance dropping her coverage while she was in a medically induced coma. After recovering, Ms. Longdon dedicated her life to championing for the most neglected, “disenfranchised,” and persecuted minority group in the country, the disabled. In the course of becoming a public advocate for the disabled, Ms. Longdon became a champion for other social justice and progressive causes, including education, LGBTQ rights, reducing gun violence, and health care. Believing that she is the best candidate because of her life experience on health care and gun violence and her activism in those areas, she believes “legislating is an extension of the work I have been doing for a long time.”

LD 24 encompasses all or part of Phoenix and Scottsdale. A reliably Democratic District, Republicans have not seen a victory here in several election cycles. There are seven Democrats, including an incumbent (Ken Clark) vying for the two state house seats in the primary election. Based on recent history, the results of the primary will undoubtedly determine which two candidates are seated in the legislature in January.

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Las Adelitas Arizona endorsements for 2018 Primary

Las Adelitas Arizona
For Immediate Release     MEDIA Contact: Laura Enriquez

July 18, 2018                                                          520.358.3331 / lasadelitas@gmail.com

 

Phoenix, Arizona – Las Adelitas Arizona PAC – a political action committee that encourages Latinas in Arizona to participate in the political process and support progressive issues – today announced their endorsements of several candidates running for office throughout Arizona.

 

“Today, we are pleased to announce Las Adelitas Arizona PAC’s endorsement of 21 outstanding candidates,” said Las Adelitas Arizona Board Chair Jennifer Allen. “These candidates have all demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of Latinas and their families.”

 

For the past 12 years, Las Adelitas Arizona PAC has been working to open up the political process for Latinas in Arizona to ensure that political leaders are more reflective of the racially diverse communities they represent.

 

“In 2018, more than ever, Arizona is poised to elect the most diverse representatives in state history. We at Las Adelitas are proud to endorse candidates who will fight for job equality, health rights, quality education and a government that is open to all,” said Allen. “They are leaders on the critical issues facing our community and we are proud to consider themAdelitas.”

 

Las Adelitas were the women soldiers who fought along men during the Mexican revolution of 1910. These women sacrificed their lives to fight for and defend their beliefs. Today, the spirit and image of Las Adelitas has come to represent the broader struggles for social justice and equality that Las Adelitas Arizona works for every day by recruiting, educating and mobilizing Latinas to participate in the political process and supporting progressive issues of impact to Latinas in Arizona.

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Anita Malik hopes to defeat embattled Representative David Schweikert for the Congressional Seat in District Six this November.

Congressional District Six Democratic Candidate Anita Malik

In November, voters in Arizona and across the nation will go to the polls to elect new members to the House of Representatives and a third of the United States Senate. In this first election after the contest that thrust popular vote loser Donald Trump into the White House, Democrats will seek to build on the Congressional gains they achieved in 2016 and reach out to a surging group of enthusiastic voters who want a new direction for the country.

Needing 25 Representative seats, Democrats see this election as a major opportunity, with clear majorities rejecting the Republican program and Trump in particular, to gain control of the House for the first time since 2010. One of the seats Democrats hope to “flip” is the one occupied by Arizona Congressional Six Incumbent David Schweikert. Congressional District Six in Arizona includes all or parts of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Carefree Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Glendale, and Phoenix. Currently embattled in a political scandal that has seen the departure of his chief of staff, three Democrats are vying this year to be the candidate to defeat him this November. They are Anita Malik, Heather Ross, and Garrick McFadden.

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Arizona AFL-CIO & PALF endorsements (So. AZ) for 2018 Primary

“Announcing Arizona AFL-CIO and Pima Area Labor Federation candidate endorsements:

SOUTHERN ARIZONA ELECTIONS:

Legislative District 2:
Senate: Andrea Dalessandro
House: Rosanna Gabaldon
House: Daniel Hernandez

Legislative District 3:
Senate: Sally Ann Gonzales
Senate: Betty Villegas
House: Andres Cano
House: Olivia Cajero-Bedford

Legislative District 4:
Senate: Lisa Otondo
House: Charlene Fernandez
House: Gerae Peten

Legislative District 8
Senate: Sharon Girard

Legislative District 9:
Senate: Victoria Steele
House: Randy Friese
House: Pamela Powers-Hannley

Legislative District 10:
Senate: David Bradley
House: Kirsten Engel

Legislative District 11:
Senate: Ralph Atchue
House: Holly Lyon

Legislative District 14:
Senate: Mendy Gomez
House: Bob Karp

STATEWIDE ELECTIONS
Governor: David Garcia
Secretary of State: Katie Hobbs
Attorney General: January Contreras
Super of Public Instruction: David Schapira

FEDERAL ELECTIONS
U.S. Senate: Kyrsten Sinema
Congressional District 1: Tom O’Halleran
Congressional District 2: Ann Kirkpatrick
Congressional District 3: Raul Grijalva”

From PALF’s July 9 posting on FB: https://www.facebook.com/PALFAZ/

Vote wisely on or before 8/28/18.