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Watch AZ Citizens Clean Elections debates online – LD 9 and LD 10 races

Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission held 2 debates recently in Southern Arizona.  The LD 9 House debate was held at PCC Northwest campus on Oct. 14 and the LD 10 Senate & House debates were held at PCC  District Office on Oct. 18.

LD 9:  Rep.Randy Friese (D), Pam Powers Hannley (D) and Ana Henderson (R), seeking 2 House seats.

Rep. Matt Kopec (D), who was appointed to this seat in January,  was defeated in the Democratic  primary on August 30 by Hannley.  State Senator Steve Farley in LD 9 is running unopposed.

Watch LD 9 video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVUJdERwUAM&feature=share

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Watch online Clean Elections debates for LD 2 and LD 9 House races


Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Commission is hosting debates in the contested races for the August 30 primary.  In case you missed them, here’s the links to the two recent Democrat House debates in Southern AZ:

June 21:  LD 2 House:  Aaron Baumann, Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon, Daniel Hernandez Jr.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CokUpY6EFc&index=3&list=PLQ-LFUP9g3FGPla4nENEUITVEmV8wzlx5 (already has 163 views)

Two of these candidates will face off with Republican LD 2 Rep. Chris Ackerley in the General election.

June 28: LD 9 House:  Rep. Dr. Randy Friese, Pam Powers Hannley, Rep. Matt Kopec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT1p58_Y5DQ&list=PLQ-LFUP9g3FGPla4nENEUITVEmV8wzlx5 (has Continue reading

Council Aide Matt Kopec appointed to LD 9 House seat by Pima County Bd. of Supervisors

Last Friday January 15,  the PCs (Precinct committee people) in LD 9 selected 3 Democrats to send to the Pima County Board of Supervisors, to choose one for appointment to a vacant LD 9 House seat at today’s regular board meeting.  Victoria Steele, twice elected to that position resigned last week to run for CD 1 House, currently held by freshman Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally. (Steele  faces opposition in the Dem primary on August 30 for that seat from Dr. Matt Heinz, who also served in the Arizona State House.)

The 3 people nominated were:

Pamela Powers Hannley, managing editor (now part time) of the American Journal of Medicine, blogger here at Blog for Arizona and her own blogsite Tucson Progressive;

Matt Kopec, Pima County Dem Party Treasurer and Council aide to Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich;

and Ted Prezelski, Council aide to Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham, founder of blogsite Rum, Romanism & Rebellion (inactive), who also ran for LD 28 House in the Democratic primary of August, 2010.  He is the twin brother of former LD 29 House Rep. Tom Prezelski, who served 2 terms in the Arizona State House.

Matt Kopec, Ward 3 Council Aide

Matt Kopec, Ward 3 Council Aide

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LD Precinct committee persons nominate Pam Powers Hannley, Matt Kopec, & Ted Prezelski for appointment for LD 9 House Vacancy

LD 9 precinct committee people met tonight at the Pima County Democratic Party  headquarters,  4639 E. 1st St. There were 42  PCs in attendance, with 18 proxies of 71 PCs total  in LD 9.
 Four Democratic candidates were seeking the appointment for the vacancy created by this week’s resignation by Democrat LD 9 House Rep. Victoria Steele.  Victoria, in her 2nd term, resigned to run for CD 1 House in the Dem Primary against Dr. Matt Heinz, who also formerly served in the Arizona  House of Representatives.  The winner of that primary on August 30, will face off with incumbent 1st term Congresswoman Republican Martha McSally.
Candidates for this vacancy in LD 9 , who addressed the meeting (listed in alphabetical order). 31 votes would be needed for any candidate to be nominated (50% plus 1 vote, per state law).
– Larry Bahill, former AZ State Representative (1973 to 1981, Minority Leader), former director of Pima County Elections, then Registrar of Voters, former 1st Vice Chair of Pima County Democratic Party, member of Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame (Navy reserve)
– Pamela Powers Hannley, progressive blogger at Tucson Progressive and Blog for Arizona, already a declared candidate for this House seat,  managing editor of the American Journal of Medicine
– Matt Kopec, council aide to Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich, Treasurer of the Pima County Democratic Party
– Ted Prezelski, council aide (management analyst) to Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham, had run before for former- LD 28 House seat in August, 2010 primary, founder of former Rum, Romanism and Rebellion blogsite
Pamela Powers Hannley, blogger at Tucson Progressive & Blog for Arizona

Pamela Powers Hannley, blogger at Tucson Progressive & Blog for Arizona

Matt Kopec, Ward 3 Council Aide

Matt Kopec, Ward 3 Council Aide

Tom Prezelski, Council Aide to Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham

Ted Prezelski, Ward 2 Council Aide

Following the welcome by LD 9 Chair Brian Clymer,  former AZ State Party Chair Bill Roe, now First Vice Chair explained the voting process. After the speeches by all four candidates, voting was done by the 60 PCs, and Powers Hannley got 47, Prezelski got 45, and Kopec got 35 votes.
These 3 names will now be submitted to the Pima County Bd. of Supervisors, who will appoint the successor to this seat at their January 19, 2016 regular board meeting. That meeting starts at 9 a.m. at 130 W. Congress St. , first floor meeting room. The appointment will run through the Nov. 2016 election for this position.




AZ Dem reorganization meeting: Not a good day for incumbents (video)

Welcome_0096-sm72by Pamela Powers Hannley

Saturday, January 26, was a day of surprises– a bad day for incumbent Democratic Party officers but a good day for activists and young Democrats. It was the culmination of the Arizona Democratic Party's (ADP) statewide reorganization, which began with the election of new precinct committee (PC) persons in August.

These last two years have been somewhat tumultuous for the ADP, after the stormy election and eventual resignation of Andrei Cherny (of No Labels fame) as party chair. Both the county and state parties came under fire from candidates and activists for playing favorites, endorsing candidates before the primary election, and, sometimes, and actively working for or against certain Democratic candidates. As a result, many unhappy campers grumbled on Facebook, on the blogs, and in person, and some even protested the headquarters in Phoenix. Multiple groups— including progressives— used the past few months to gain power in the local party structure– with an eye on Saturday's state committee meeting. 

On Saturday, 400+ elected precinct committee people elected the chair, eight vice chairs (four of each gender from different counties), a secretary, a treasurer, a DNC representative, an education coordinator, and an affirmative action moderator. 

The first upset victory of the day was for first vice chair. Former Carmona campaign manager and long-time activist Alexis Tameron beat three-term vice chair Harriet Young handily. After the jump, watch a video of Tameron, as well as more details, photos, and election results.

Even though he couldn't attend the meeting due to open heart surgery, Tucsonan Bill Roe ran uncontested as chair of the party, a post he assumed in March 2012 after Cherny's resignation to run for Congress. Other uncontested races (which also resulted in election by acclamation) were: Jim Walsh (Pinal County), senior vice chair; Rick McGuire (Maricopa County), treasurer; Janie Hydrick (Maricopa County), educational chair; and C.J. Carenza  (Maricopa County), affirmation action moderator.

Verdugo_0043-sm72The vice chair positions were hotly contested– with 10 people vying for six positions– and the fields included many new faces. Recruitment and grassroots activism were common themes that ran through all of the speeches given by winning candidates. Tameron and Emily Verdugo of Pinal County– both young Latinas– want to reach out to young Democrats and Latinos to bring new blood into the party. Barbara Tellman, long-time Pima County volunteer, said she was "infuriated by the Arizona Legislature" and wants to court disenchanted Republicans and people who identify with no party. 

Both Verdugo and
Lauren Kuby of Maricopa County emphasized thinking and reaching outside the box. As she walked up and down aisles to deliver her speech, Verdugo said she doesn't follow the rules and talked about better marketing and outreach to multiple groups. Kuby emphasized her role in making Tempe blue and offered several specific, creative recruitment and fundraising ideas that she employed locally as examples of what could be done statewide. 

PDA Tucson coordinator and former state legislator Phil Lopes; tireless Pima County organizer and former legislative district chair Matt Kopec; and union supporter and radio personality Roman Ulman of Maricopa won the three vice chairmen posts. Long-time party officer Jim Woodbrey, who has a political resume dating back to the Kennedy administration, won the least number of votes, while twenty-something Kopec won the most votes. 

"We must stop being timid and risk averse," Lopes told the PCs in his speech. "We must back candidates that reflect Democratic values"– like clean elections and stopping the influence of money on politics. Urging the party and the PCs to walk the walk, not just talk the talk, Lopes said Democrats must separate our party from
the other party because too many people think the parties are the same, and they're not. By reflecting our values in our actions and in the candidates we back, people will see
that we are different.

The office of secretary was another upset, with incumbent secretary and long-time party official Sharon Thomas losing to Jane McNamara. Although both women were well-qualified and had the English and editing skills to do the job. Saturday was a day for outsiders and local activists– worker bees like McNamara– to win.

The only race that got nasty was for the Arizona representative to the Democratic National Committee (DNC). This is the person who gets to schmooze on the national level on behalf of our state. Former ADP executive director Luis Heredia, who resigned recently, squared off with former vice chair Chris Campas. 

Voting_0025-sm72As was the case for all other speeches that day, Heredia's talk focused on his accomplishments and his pride in having served the party as executive director and role in the multiple victories in 2012.

In a move that surprised everyone for its vitriol, Campas trounced Heredia in his speech and tried to tie multiple
complaints about the party to Heridia. The extreme negativity was so shocking to the PCs that at one point it sounded like the English Parliament with multiple groaning, booing, and asking him to stop. The negativity didn't go over
well, and Heredia won by a significant majority. Personally, I think that although Heredia should own some of the complaints— so should Cherny and the other members of the ADP board– many of whom are no longer officers because they didn't run or they lost on Saturday (Young, Woodbrey, Thomas, and Campas).

It's a whole new ball game, folks. Stay tuned for what happens next.

Photo captions

Top: Welcome and call to order at Dobson High School in Mesa.

Middle: Verdugo with Rose Lopez and Vince Rabago.

Bottom: The voting process.

More photos on my Tucson Progressive Facebook page here.