April 2019 Newsletter

Reaching Out to Our Communities

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Precinct Committeeperson (PC) Training sponsored and led by the Maricopa County Democratic Party in our very own LD 17. Part of the training required that each of us understand and communicate what draws us to the Democratic Party.

Listening to the different reasons people are drawn to the party is inspiring and underscores the diversity and depth of experience we share in being Democrats. Taking those reasons and reaching out to our neighbors and communities is key to engaging additional voters in our district.

LD 17 is extremely fortunate that we are made up of such diverse, talented and invested individuals.

As we demonstrated leading up to the 2018 election, we must devote time and people to successfully represent and reflect the values of all of our diverse communities in LD 17. 
So, we’re pulling teams together now to help with:
voter registration
permanent early voter list enrollment
social media messaging
ways to engage and involve our neighbors

The more individuals we get involved, the easier it becomes to divide tasks and work with others to get our goals accomplished. I have met some of the most inspiring and fun individuals by working in our own, local Democratic Party.

Through your support, Arizona now is closer than ever to having Democratic majorities in the Legislature. LD 17 did the hard work to elect Rep. Jennifer Pawlik to the State House. Yet, despite our big wins, we still aren’t in the majority – and bad bills, such as those supporting voter suppression and ignoring citizen initiatives, continue to get heard and moved forward.

To learn more about how you can take an active role in LD17 and Arizona politics, please reach out to me below. Or – join us at our monthly meetings, which are held the first Tuesday of every month at the IBEW Union Hall (220 N. William Dillard Dr., Gilbert – North of Elliot Road between McQueen & Arizona Avenues). Meetings start at 7pm and the doors open at 6:30 for networking and outreach.

My Take on the Mueller Report

In other news, folks are disheartened and upset by the letter that Attorney General Barr issued on the Mueller Report. 

Here are my thoughts on it:

1 – Barr’s letter isn’t the actual report. So, much like I told people before the report was issued – be patient! It sounds like we’ll be able to see (at least parts of) the report in mid-April. All we know for certain is the Mueller has completed his report and that no further charges will come from the special counsel.

2 – Barr is already backtracking on the letter he issued by saying it shouldn’t be interpreted as a summary of the report. Again – we need to wait to see the actual report.

3 – Regardless of what comes from the report – additional investigations and hearings will have to occur in Congress. It’s unlikely hearings and then Congress reaching a conclusion will occur prior to the next election (which is only 18 months away). Instead, we must focus on selecting the best possible candidate to beat Trump in 2020. 

 4 – The Special Counsel’s investigation DID have an impact – there were 34 indictments of individuals and three companies, many with direct links or ties to Trump and/or his campaign. Not that there is much question about what historians will say about Trump, but this investigation isn’t helping his image or the impact his businesses, campaign and presidency is having on our country.

Help us by joining the fight – get involved! We are making a difference!
Sincerely -Jacob Schmitt
Chair, LD 17 Democrats

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 April 2.
Speakers: Kathy Hoffman, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Constables Karyn Lathan and Carolyn Lane; 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 April 8.
•  Speakers: Anne Schneider, author of the Arizona Legistative Alert, a weekly update on bills and issues; and 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. W e appreciate all you do. 

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 7 – Canvass – 1pm – 3731 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.
Meet at the parking lot.
Drivers and canvassers needed.

Saturday, April 13  – Arizona Democratic Party – State Committee Meeting
Rincon High School, 421 N. Arcadia Ave., Tucson.
Registration is from 8:45am to 1pm; Caucuses from 9am to Noon; Plenary begins at 1pm.

Wednesday, April 24 – LD 17 Democrats Spring PC Meeting – 6:30pm – IBEW Union Hall. All PCs and those interested in becoming a PC should attend. Register here.

Mark Your Calendar
LD 17 Dems will meet again on Tuesday, May 7
The Sun Lakes meeting will be held on Monday, May 13

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