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It is time for Racist State Rep. David Stringer to go

LD 1 Republican State Representative David Stringer

The People in Legislative District One (most of the area surrounding and including Prescott) are examples of the old adage “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me for letting you get away with it the first time.”

What did the people do when one of their state representatives, David Stringer, commented in June at the Yavapai Men’s Forum that “there were not enough white kids to go around” in our public schools?

Did they tell him it was time to go and resign from public life?

No, they reelected him on November 6 with a 35,000 vote margin over his Democratic opponent.

At the time Governor Ducey called on him to resign in June, saying “I don’t think there is any place for that kind of commentary in the public square. He has basically disqualified himself from leading at the state level.”

How did Representative Stringer reward the trust of the people in LD 1? By saying, at a forum with students at Arizona State University, African Americans, in contrast to immigrants from Europe, “don’t blend in.”

Newly elected state Senator Victoria Steele called for Stringer’s immediate resignation. “Diversity is what makes us strong and beautiful. How could you look at someone and say, ‘this person is less than me or less deserving’? This type of behavior should ever be tolerated by our leaders. Rep. Stringer’s behavior and his vulgar comments have brought dishonor to the to the entire Arizona Legislature. I do not want to serve with him when I start next month. He should be removed from his position as a lawmaker. I am calling for his immediate resignation. Should he refuse or hesitate to resign he should be publicly removed from office,” Steele said.

Steele is host of the Steele Report on KVOI radio 1030 AM, broadcast on Saturday mornings at 9 am.

Part of being a public servant is having the character, temperament, and moral compass to represent the people that are being served. With these two comments over a span of five months, Stringer has shown he lacks the character, temperament, and moral compass to represent the people in LD 1.

One can hope (actually expect) that the people in LD 1, most of whom do not share Stringer’s hostility to non white people, will heed the calls of other public figures like incoming Democratic State Senator Victoria Steele, Democratic State Representative Cesar Chavez, Minority House Leader Reginald Bolding, and Republican Governor Doug Ducey and tell Mr. Stringer it is time to go. It would be shameful if they did not.

UPDATE ON DECEMBER 4, 2018: The Prescott City Council in a 6 to 1 vote called for Representative Stringer to resign. Let us see if the other towns in his district call for the same action and if Mr. Stringer heeds their call.




LD 9 Senator-elect Victoria Steele launches “The Steele Report” on KVOI 1030 AM radio

State Senator-elect in LD 9 Victoria Steele has launched a radio show entitled “The Steele Report” on KVOI  The Voice  on 1030  AM radio.  Her show will be weekly on Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. “The Steele Report is an insider’s look at News, Politics and Current Events. This is the debut show on the 2018 Election.”

LD 9 Senator-elect Victoria Steele

“Victoria Steele is a lifelong activist, a former Arizona State Representative, Professional Counselor, and Personal Life Coach. In her first two terms in office Victoria authored and passed legislation for Mental Health First Aid and a bill to help victims of child sex-trafficking.”

Her first show on Nov. 10 can be listened to here (below).    She  interviewed Pima County Democratic Party Chair Dr. Jo Holt and Pima County Republican County Chair David Eppihimer.  In the 2nd half she interviewed  reporters Jimmy Zuma (D.C.),  and Danyelle Khmara (formerly with Tucson Weekly, now with AZ Daily Star).

https://www.kvoi.com/schedule/

Victoria won the LD 9 State Senate election  in the General Election of 11/6/18 (latest tally):

Victoria Steele (D)  52,904    62.3%

Randall Fleenor (R)   31,950   37.7%




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LD9 Debate Reveals Stark Contrasts between Democrat & Republican Candidates (video)

Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley (right) and Republican challenger Ana Henderson.

Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley (right) and Republican challenger Ana Henderson.

Can’t decide how to vote in the November 6 election? If you live in Legislative District 9, check out the LD9 debate before casting your vote.

The debate video below reveals clear differences between the candidates on key issues such as the minimum wage, food security, the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), climate change, abortion, gun violence, and more.

Five people are running for the three LD9 Legislative seats: incumbent Democrats Reps. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley (me), Republican challenger Ana Henderson, and Senate candidates former Democratic representative Victoria Steele and Republican write-in candidate Randy Fleenor.

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission (CCEC) conducts candidate debates, videotapes them, and stores them on their website and YouTube channel. If you live in a district other than LD9, check out the CCEC archive for the other 2018 debate videos. For Southern Arizona Legislative Districts, here are links to debates for LD2, LD3, LD10, LD11, LD8, and LD14. (The LD9 debate is embedded below.

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Arizona Daily Star endorses Democrats Victoria Steele, Representatives Randy Friese and Pam Powers Hannley in LD 9

The Arizona Daily Star editorial board has  endorsed all Democrats running in LD 9:  former 2 term House Rep.  Victoria Steele, incumbents House Reps. Dr. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley.

Steele is being challenged by political newcomer Republican Randall Fleenor, and Ana Henderson (R) is again running for House. She lost the same House race in Nov. 2016 to Friese and Powers Hannley.

Here’s the online link for this article, on page A10 of today’s Star print edition:

https://tucson.com/opinion/local/star-endorsements-victoria-steele-randy-friese-pamela-powers-hannley-in/article_30d6ea5f-91e9-5e8b-9df3-8b5b6bd626bf.html

Victoria Steele

LD 9 House Rep. Dr. Randy Friese

Pamela Powers Hannley

LD 9 House Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley

 

 

 

 

 

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 6, 2018.

Voter registration totals for LD 9:

Democrats 50,125; Republicans 37,965; Other 37,980.




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LD9 Clean Elections Debate: Oct. 16 (video)

LD9 Reps. Pamela Powers Hannley and Dr. Randy Friese with former representative and current Senate candidate Victoria Steele.

LD9 Reps. Pamela Powers Hannley and Dr. Randy Friese with former representative and current Senate candidate Victoria Steele.

The three Democrats and two Republicans running for seats in Legislative District 9 will participate in a Clean Elections Debate on Tuesday, October 16, beginning at 6 p.m. at Pima College Northwest.

Running for the Arizona House are incumbent Reps. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley and Republican challenger Ana Henderson, who lost to the two Democrats in 2016. On the Senate side, Democrat and former House Rep. Victoria Steele and political newcomer Republican Randy Fleenor are vying for the seat vacated by Senator Steve Farley.

Come with your questions. Since this debate is being run by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission (CCEC), at least half of the questions come from the audience.

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