The eastern stop of the SunLink modern streetcar.
Four years ago, on a ridiculously hot July day, thousands of Tucsonans showed up to welcome the Modern Streetcar (AKA SunLink or affectionately “the trolley”) to downtown Tucson.
Tomorrow, July 28, Tucson will celebrate the streetcar’s steamy birthday with music and air-conditioned rides.
I won’t be downtown for the birthday party because I am giving a talk on the Equal Rights Amendment on Saturday night in Tubac, but I hope you all will check out the festivities and the live music on the streetcar and along the route. Below the fold are a few photos and a video from opening day.
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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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LD 24 Democratic Candidate Dr. Denise Link
Believing that “change starts at the individual level, then the neighborhood, and then the community,” Legislative District 24 Candidate Denise Link, the only electoral contender this year that is both a nurse and teacher hopes to bring her nearly four decades of public service experience to the state legislature.
Over a fairly busy morning crowd at Lola’s Café, Ms. Link relayed how her vast experience helps make her one of the best candidates to assume one of the two LD 24 State House seats this November.
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 decide which two candidates are seated in the legislature in January.
Who is Denise Link?
A native of New Jersey, Denise Link has been a board-certified nurse practitioner for almost four decades who specializes in women’s health. She is also a Clinical Professor at Arizona State University preparing nurses on how to practice and conduct themselves in their careers as nurse practitioners and health system change agents. Dr. Link (she has earned her Ph.D. in Nursing) taught nursing in community colleges in New Jersey. She has received many awards such as the Nurse of the Year on two occasions by the Arizona March of Dimes and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Award for Excellence.
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Sun Link modern streetcar in downtown Tucson, courtesy of Donovan Dean Durband
SUN LINK CELEBRATES FOURTH ANNIVERSARY
Celebrate with free rides and concert series on the streetcar and in districts
TUCSON, Ariz. – “Sun Link invites the community to celebrate its fourth anniversary on Saturday, July 28th with free rides from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. The free rides are sponsored by Main Gate Square and Rio Nuevo. Sun Link will also celebrate its anniversary with live performances onboard the streetcar. Live performances on the Sun Link streetcar include:
- Nothing More – Performance begins at 2:00 p.m.
- Board at the westbound stop on 6th Ave/Congress St.
- Alien Atmosphere – Performance begins at 5:00 p.m.
- Board at the Main Gate Square stop on Tyndall Ave/University Blvd.
- Jimmy Carr & the Awkward Moments – Performance begins at 6:00 p.m.
- Board at the Mercado San Agustín stop on Avenida del Convento/Congress
- Brook Sample – Performance begins at 8:30 p.m.
- Board at the Main Gate Square stop on Tyndall Ave/University Blvd.
Following their performances on the streetcar, Jimmy Carr & the Awkward Moments and Brook Sample will exit the streetcar at Tyndall Ave/University Blvd. and play free concerts at Gentle Ben’s.
Follow Sun Link on Twitter and Facebook for updates on the performances. To locate the streetcar that will host the performances, download the Tucson Streetcar Tracker app.
Spend the day enjoying more than 150 shops and 100 restaurants throughout five of Tucson’s most popular and unique districts: the University of Arizona, Main Gate Square, 4th Avenue, Downtown and Mercado San Agustín.
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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