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Catherine Ripley, Running for LD10 State House, Vows to Tackle Water, Healthcare & Environment

AZ House Candidate Catherine slammed incumbent Clodfelter for his "harmful, hurtful and horrific" display of the Confederate flag.

AZ House Candidate Catherine slammed incumbent Clodfelter for his “harmful, hurtful and horrific” display of the Confederate flag.

Arizona state House candidate Catherine Ripley vowed to bring her military and diplomatic experience to the Legislature, focusing on the state’s looming water shortage, and promoting renewable energy.

A Democrat, she is in the crowded field running for AZ House in Legislative District 10 on the north and east sides of Tucson.

She spoke at the recent Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting, and said she would call on her 26 years’ of experience as a naval officer, including tours in anti-submarine warfare during the Cold War and at Special Operations Command fighting the war on terror.

She is also a former US diplomat, serving in embassies in Madagascar, Africa, and The Hague, where she worked on national security issues after the 9-11 attack.

“The state Legislature needs more people with a wider spectrum of background and education to make a difference in Phoenix, and to speak for people who can’t speak for themselves,” she said.

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Who’s running for Pima Community College Governing Board in 2016? (updated)

Three Pima Community College Governing Bd. positions (volunteer, nonpartisan) are up for election in the General election on Nov. 8, 2016.  Districts 2, 4 and 5 are up for election. Today was the filing deadline for any write in candidates, so this is the unofficial list of candidates.

Who’s running:

District 2 (1 seat)

UPDATE: this election in District 2 has been cancelled and Clinco is the only remaining candidate.

–Demion Clinco, former state representative in LD 2, President of Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, appointed to this seat in  Dec. 2015, incumbent, www.clinco4az.com

–Paul Diaz, former Mayor of South Tucson from 2011 to 2015 (recalled in May 2015)

District 4 (1 seat – open)

incumbent Scott Stewart not seeking re-election

Meredith Hay, former UA Provost & Executive Vice President, Professor in the UA College of Medicine

District 5 (special term, 1 seat)

–Martha Durkin, appointed to this seat in Aug. 2015,  former Deputy City Mgr. of City of Tucson, incumbent, https://www.facebook.com/durkinpcc/

–Luis Armando Gonzales, former State Senator & Mgr. of City of South Tucson,  former CEO of Arizona Native Ventures LLC, www.gonzales4pcc.com

–Dr. Francis Saitta, former math/science adjunct teacher at PCC; former candidate for PCC Governing Bd. in 2012 and TUSD Governing Bd. in 2014, www.saittadigest.org

Info on 5 member PCC Governing Board: https://www.pima.edu/about-pima/board-of-governors/board-members.html. The other two board members are Sylvia Lee (term up in 2018) and Mark Hanna (term up in 2020).

Stay tuned for further info/updates on these candidates, including campaign websites for those not listed.

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.

Four apply for District 2 PCC Bd. of Governors

A while ago I reported on the process to apply for the vacant seat on the Pima Community College Board of Governors, since the resignation on 10/19/15 of long term member David Longoria.  Here’s my post: https://blogforarizona.net/process-to-fill-district-2-vacancy-on-pcc-board-of-governors/

Today, November 24 at 5 p.m. was the deadline to apply. Here’s the list of applicants seeking the position, all residents of District 2:

·         Rene Teyechea – Teacher, Desert View High School

·         Demion Clinco – Former AZ House Member – LD 2/ Current, President & Executive Director of Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation

·         Miguel Cuevas – Former TUSD Board Member – 4 years / Current, Operations Manager at AFNI Inc.

·         Georgia Brousseau – Retired TUSD School Principal & former PCC Governing Board member (District 3 and 2 for total of 9 years)

As in the recent past (appointment of Martha Durkin to the District 5 seat), Pima County School Superintendent Dr. Arzoumanian will impanel a Community Advisory Committee which will interview the eligible candidates and provide their recommendation(s) to her, who will then make the final decision on appointment.  So stay tuned.

Info on who else is currently on the five member PCC Board of Governors: https://www.pima.edu/about-pima/board-of-governors/




Meet PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert, J.D.

Lee Lambert, J.D.

Lee Lambert, J.D.

Tucson Councilmember Richard Fimbres, as well as:

Pima County Supervisor Ramon Valadez, Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Tucson Vice Mayor Paul Cunningham, Tucson Councilmember Shirley Scott, Tucson Councilmember Karin Uhlich, Tucson Councilmember Regina Romero,  State Senator Andrea Dalessandro, State Representative Rosanna Gabaldon, State Representative Damien Clinco, TUSD Board Member Adelita Grijalva, TUSD Board Member Cam Juarez, TUSD Board Member Kristel Foster, former Pima County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom, LULAC National Vice President for the Youth Ana Valenzuela Estrada, LULAC District 3 Director Javier Herrera and Emily Verdugo with the Pima County Democratic Party, cordially invite you to attend a community forum and dialogue with:

Dr. Lee Lambert, Chancellor of Pima Community College

Dr. Lambert became the Chancellor of Pima in July of 2013 and began the work to get Pima College off of probation that was imposed by the Higher Learning Commission and to address the challenges facing the educational institution.

WHAT: Community Forum with Dr. Lee Lambert, Chancellor of Pima Community College

WHEN: Wednesday, August 20, 6 PM

WHERE: Rigo’s Restaurant, 2527 South Fourth Avenue.

TO RSVP: Call 791-4231 or Email: ward5@tucsonaz.gov, subject line: PCC August 20 Forum.

More about Chancellor  Lee Lambert:https://www.pima.edu/about-pima/our-chancellor/biography.html

LWVGT & AZPM announce upcoming political forums for statewide offices





TUCSON, ARIZONA – Continuing their long tradition of informing voters, the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and Arizona Public Media (AZPM®) announce they are partnering to produce six political forums in 2014.

All six hour-long forums will be free and open to the public, and will be held at the Proscenium Theatre at the Center for the Arts on the west campus of Pima Community College, 2202 West Anklam Road in Tucson.   Pima Community College is a co-sponsor of all six forums. Tickets will be required.


  • Wednesday, July 30 – Republican Primary Gubernatorial Forum – 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 6 – Attorney General – 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 6 – Arizona Corporation Commission – Approximately 7:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 8 – Superintendent of Public Instruction – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 8 – Secretary of State – Approximately 7:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 9 – Governor – 6:30 p.m.

All six forums will be recorded by AZPM for future broadcast on the PBS 6 and World television channels, and on radio station NPR 89.1, and will be available online at azpm.org/yourvote2014.

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