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Candidates Offer Surprises as 300+ Democrats Flock to CD2 Congressional Candidate Forum

CD2 Candidates at May 3, 2018 forum

Left to right: Mary Matiella, Billy Kovacs, Matt Heinz, Bruce Wheeler, Barbara Sherry and Yahya Yuksel.

Some 300 people packed Catalina High School yesterday night for the CD2 Congressional Democratic candidate forum held May 3, 2018, by the Represent Me AZ grassroots PAC. Here are the high points:

  • This forum showed what democracy looks like: an open, public and free event, as contrasted with GOP candidate forums which are closed, secretly announced and cost money to attend.
  • Yahya Yuksel

    Yahya Yuksel

    New candidate Yahya Yuksel, an attorney, stole the show with his articulate, quotable and confident presence. Born and raised in Tucson he has worked for Democratic campaigns since he was a teenager, including Gabby Giffords and Mayor Karin Uhlich. “I’m a young Democrat. I’m running because we see a broken Congress, we see constant war, and we see the economy not working for everybody. We need new ideas, not yesterday’s answers,” he says.

  • The candidates seethed with resentment for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) which has offended local Democrats by picking candidates so early in the primary. “It is shameful that the DCCC has taken the task, before you have had a chance to vote to endorse a candidate,” Bruce Wheeler said to loud applause. “The outside interference is something that needs to be countered.”
  • Mary Matiella zinged Matt Heinz with the question, “What are you doing different this time to make sure you win?” In 2016 Heinz lost in his run for Congress in CD2 by 44,000 votes in a race where he relied mostly on TV ads.
  • Ann Kirkpatrick made a mistake by not attending. The forum was an opportunity to capture support and deflect criticism. She leads in fundraising, winning important endorsements, and getting the DCCC support that the other candidates, not surprisingly, begrudge.
  • Heinz zinged the absent Kirkpatrick when asked if he would endorse Kirkpatrick if she wins the primary. “It is important that the Democrats nominate a Democrat, he said to loud applause. “As soon as I hear that, I will absolutely endorse them,” he says. Heinz is the leading attacker of Kirkpatrick, criticizing her northern Arizona origin and long-ago top rating from the NRA. Kirkpatrick lives in Tucson and has a “D” rating from the NRA now.
  • Veteran legislator Bruce Wheeler is apparently running a one-man campaign. He says he personally collected 95% of his signatures to get on the ballot. Wheeler has only $8,686 on hand, so he is not raising funds effectively.
  • After a one-year campaign, Mary Matiella still stumbles over her words and has a hard time making herself clear. In a bizarre argument, she said the EEOC [U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] had been disbanded and should be brought back. This is not true — because the EEOC is still actively litigating discrimination charges and enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.
  • Bill Kovacs boldly called for de-funding of ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which is breaking up undocumented families captured at the border. He also says that marijuana should be removed from the forbidden Schedule 1 list of drugs. His says his mother has chronic Crohn’s disease and is a marijuana patient. “When you look at what marijuana and CBD [Cannabidiol] can do for chronic pain, it is a lifeline for America, he says. 
  • Barbara “Chemtrails” Sherry has become a fringe candidate who currently does not have the 1,274 signatures needed to get on the ballot by the May 30 filing date. She bitterly and incoherently criticized front-runner Kirkpatrick.

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Having problems? Talk to a mediator

Did You Know…
Talk to a Mediator

Having disagreements with your neighbors? Your HOA?  Concerned about tensions with family members? Facing difficult people at work? Not sure how to have a tough conversation?

In recognition of Conflict Resolution Day (October 19th), the Center for Community Dialogue in collaboration with Pima County Public Library is offering a unique free opportunity for Tucsonans to learn more about handling such situations peacefully and effectively.

Join us on at Woods Memorial Library on
Tuesday, October 17th,
10:00am-1:00pm in the
Large Meeting Room. 

3455 N. 1st Avenue, Tucson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich’s newsletter: “Join The Center for Community Dialog for free “Talk to a Mediator” events, which will be held the week of Oct. 15-23. As “drop-in” events, we invite you to come any time during the posted hours to hear a brief presentation on “The Neurobiology of Conflict,” or to sit down privately with Center for Community Dialogue mediators to discuss tense situations, disagreements, or tough conversations you need to have. For more information about Talk to a Mediator, contact Christina Medvescek, (520) 323-1708 ext. 122, or cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org.”

Events:

Monday, Oct. 16, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Ward 1 office, 940 W. Alameda
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 10 am – 1 pm, Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First
Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Ward 3 office, 1510 E. Grant Rd.
Friday, Oct. 20, 1 – 4 pm, Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave.
Monday, Oct. 23, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Ward 6 office, 3202 E. First St.

Having been a practicing attorney (and also a trained mediator) I encourage people to resolve their differences and disputes — peacefully and civilly.  Listening to Small Claims cases for over 12 years now, has also taught me to realize the intensity and necessity of dispute resolution, especially before it turns to violence.

October is also D.V. Awareness month.  See my previous post: https://blogforarizona.net/domestic-violence-awareness-month-paint-pima-purple/

General Election 2017: Listen to Ward 3 Council candidates on Buckmaster show

Two candidates are vying for the open Ward 3 seat on the Tucson City Council. Democrat Paul Durham is a retired attorney and prevailed in the August Democratic primary over Felicia Chew and Tom Tronsdal. He will face off with Independent (former Republican) Gary Watson, Captain of a Northwest fire station.  There is no Republican or Green Party candidate in this Ward 3 race.

Paul Durham

Gary Watson

 

 

 

 

 

Both candidates were in a KVOI radio forum today, moderated by host Bill Buckmaster on 1030 AM on the dial.  Listen to the forum (click on link below), where they addressed their one big issue facing the City, the economy, education, renewal energy & solar, police & firefighter funding,  “bump stock” rifle banning, Prop. 204 Strong Start Tucson, Propositions for Reid Park Zoo, their choice/vote for US President in Nov. 2016,  listening to other opinions, plus closing statements.

http://www.buckmastershow.com/2017/10/11/buckmaster-show-10112017-ua-president-backs-troubled-basketball-program/

Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich is retiring after 3 terms (12 years) on the City Council.  She said at a SAAF (Southern Arizona Aids Foundation) farewell party last week to “vote for Paul.” Karin endorsed Felicia in the primary.

Campaign websites :

Paul Durham: https://www.paulforprogress.com/

Gary Watson:  https://www.watson4citycouncil.com/

Tonight  there is a League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson forum for all the City Council candidates running in Wards 3, 5, and 6 at the YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave., starting at 6 p.m.

Mail-in ballots also go out today and early voting has begun .  Vote wisely on or before 11/7/17.

2017 City of Tucson Primary Election results

Only 2 contested primaries to report on tonight from City of Tucson Elections  in Ward 3 (Democrats) and Ward 6 (Greens):

Ward 3 Council  (Democrats). Open seat as Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is stepping down after 3 terms.

Felicia Chew  1703   32.09%

Paul Durham  2416  45.52%

Tom Tronsdal  1177  22.18%

(to face off with Independent Gary Watson in the General. No Republican or Green in this race).

Ward 5 Council  (no primary, 2 term Councilman Democrat Richard Fimbres is  unopposed, as well in the General)

Fimbres:  2583

Ward 6  Council (Green Party)

Mike Cease  51  63.75%

Michael Oatman 26  32.5%

(to face off with incumbent 2 term Councilman Democrat Steve Kozachik and Republican Mariano Rodriguez in the General Election on Nov. 7, 2017)

Kozachik:  5384

Rodriguez:  1537

More info:  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/elections

Congratulations to the winners, Paul Durham and Mike Cease.

Tucson Weekly endorses attorney Paul Durham for Ward 3 Council seat

The Tucson Weekly issued their endorsement today in the contested Democratic primary for the Ward 3 Council seat.  Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is stepping down after 3 terms.  The Weekly endorsed retired attorney Paul Durham, former Chief of Staff for Ward 6 Councilwoman Nina Trasoff.

Paul Durham

Read their endorsement here: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/paul-durham-for-city-council/Content?oid=11123258.

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Register to Vote for City of Tucson August primary

“Voter Registration Deadline Approaching  
The voter registration deadline for the City of Tucson’s Aug. 29 primary election is next Monday, July 31. Those wishing to register to vote should contact the Pima County Recorder’s Office at (520) 724-4330, or follow the link below. The City of Tucson election information publication, “The Choice Is Yours,” will be mailed Aug. 2, and ballots for the mail-in election will be sent to registered voters on Aug. 9. The materials will be sent only to voters in contested wards (3, 5, and 6).
Register to vote via ServiceArizona: http://bit.ly/2pyzIGb
Tucson City Clerk’s vote-by-mail calendar: http://bit.ly/2sYqJAJ
Pima County Recorder: http://bit.ly/2bj0xsD.”
Many thanks to Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich for this info above sent out in her weekly newsletter. There is a Dem primary in her race, as she is retiring after 3 terms. Check our website for information on the 3 candidates: Felicia Chew, political newcomer; Paul Durham (former Chief of State for Ward 6 Councilmember Nina Trasoff); and Tom Tronsdal, political newcomer.
Another contested race is in Ward 6 with 2 Green Party candidates vying for their nomination for the Council: Mike Cease (Chair of the Green Party of Pima County) and Michael Oatman. They are having a candidate forum for the Green Party of Pima County on August 1st. See our Calendar for details.
Vote wisely on or before August 29, 2017.