March 2019 Newsletter

Remember, Together We Win!

Just like you, I am having a hard time keeping up with all of the people who are announcing their run for President in 2020. In some ways, it is exciting to see the investment of individuals hoping to achieve our country’s highest office. In other ways, it’s making me somewhat nervous – after all, look what has happened to the Republican Party when they had such a large influx of candidates in 2016. 

With the addition of so many candidates, I’m also hearing and seeing a lot more divisiveness among my fellow Democrats. People are being critical of each other and the candidates they are supporting. Fair vetting of candidates is a good thing; it helps further our party platform and inevitably our democracy. However, making negative attacks and personal comments about the candidates and each other is one sure way to guarantee another Trump win.

A few tips I would like to pass along to you as we rev up for the 2020 Presidential election season:

1 – Take the time to learn about each of the candidates. Check out their websites, listen to their interviews and if you have the opportunity, attend their in-person events. As a swing state we’re likely to see and hear from most, if not all, of the candidates.

2 – If you voice your opinion – keep it focused on why you support a candidate. Posting or stating negative things about the other candidates doesn’t do anything to further the discussion and often leads into other negative areas. Discussing the great qualities about your candidate is always the best advice!

3 – If all else fails, keep focused on local and state issues. We need to keep involved and up-to-date with happenings at Chandler City Council, Gilbert Town Council, Chandler and Gilbert School Boards, and the Arizona Legislature. Attending meetings and hearings, and keeping involved is key to helping ensure Democrats succeed.

4 – One of the best ways you can get information and to influence the party is to become a Precinct Committeeperson – or PC. A PC is the foundation of the Democratic Party. These individuals are the representatives of their local precincts and ensure that their unique perspectives and issues are being addressed. While PC elections are over, you could still be an appointed PC.

By becoming a PC you get:

  • Access to more information about issues and policy than is found in the mainstream media
  • Insight into what is really going on inside the Party and the government
  • Opportunities to hear and meet your elected officials and candidates on a personal basis
  • The chance to be heard more effectively than if you are a registered voter
  • Participation in the decision-making process in the Party
  • To belong to a social network at the precinct, LD, county and state levels with people who share your values and goals
  • To meet new, like-minded friends in your neighborhood – and become an integral, active part of it
  • Experience that prepares you for greater responsibility within the Party in the future.

For more information on becoming a PC – feel free to contact me as outlined below.  
Sincerely –Jacob SchmittChair, LD 17 Democrats

February Highlights

LD17 volunteers and our Rep. Jennifer Pawlik kickoff the first canvass of 2019. This is the best way to meet voters, now constituents, so please sign up for a future event. Both canvassers and drivers are needed.
County Recorder Adrian Fontes is greeted by co-club president Mary Bischoff Knape at the Feb. meeting of Sun Lakes Democratic Club.

Calendar of Events

LD17: Meetings begin at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) The meeting is held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 769 Union Hall, 220 N. William Dillard Dr., Gilbert  85233. Next meeting is March 5.
Speakers: Heather Macre, CAWCD Board Member on Arizona’s water issues; Garrett Archer will be providing LD 17 specific data from the 2018 election; and a legislative update from LD 17’s own, Rep. Jennifer Pawlik

Sun Lakes Dems:   
Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Sun Lakes Country Club (25601 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N.), Navajo Room. Next meeting is March 11.Speakers: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman; and a legislative update from LD 17’s own, Rep. Jennifer Pawlik
The Sun Lakes Democratic Club collects non-perishable food items for Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. Please bring your tax-deductible contributions to the Drop-Off Area in the west parking lot from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ask for a receipt.  In January, we donated 128 pounds of food and raised $45 in cash for the food bank. We  appreciate all you do.  

Upcoming Events
Friday, March 8, 11am – 2pm – Arizona Women in Blue Event hosted by the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women. Celebrating the wins of Arizona Women, including LD 17’s Rep. Jennifer Pawlik. Held at because – Space for Life, 3419 E University Dr., Phoenix  85034.
Tickets are $20.
Register here

LD 17 Democrats are looking for volunteers to help set-up, staff and take-down our booth at the Annual Chandler Ostrich Festival. The event is at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler on March 8-10. Please sign up for shift. If you have any questions, contact myself or the following: Sarah Fanning ( or Tom Griffith (

Mark Your Calendar

  • LD 17 Dems will meet on Tuesday, April 2.
  • Wednesday, April 3 – Maricopa County Democratic Party’s Diamond Event – more info to come 
  • The Sun Lakes Meeting will be held on Monday, April 8.

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