June 2019 Newsletter

Arizona Budget Fails, Again,
To Adequately Fund Education

In the early hours last Tuesday morning, budget debates ended with Republicans rejecting every Democratic proposal and ending the Arizona legislative session for the year. Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman commented on the outcome:

“This year, the state made some movements in the right direction by funding several K-12 education initiatives, including giving schools more money to spend on new counselors, the next installment of the promised 20×2020 teacher raises, and increased funding to address our teacher shortage by training the next generation of educators. However, it is disheartening to see another tax cut of nearly $400 million when Arizona’s education spending remains among the lowest in the nation.”

On the Arizona House floor, our Rep. Jennifer Pawlik requested funds for items such as outdated text books and support staff raises, but Republicans said no. 

We thank Jennifer for her stamina and unwavering dedication in serving the interests of LD17 constituents, who for the first time had a Democrat and a woman representing them in Arizona Legislature.

Democrats Everywhere!

You have probably noticed a large number of Democrats are running for president. The number of candidates running, however, is not expected to impact our likelihood of winning. It will still require lots of volunteer effort to defeat Trump in the 2020 election. But while candidates are highlighting issues they are especially passionate about, this process will help us know the candidate’s values and how they align to the Democratic party and its values of:

  • Minority inclusion 
  • Expanding access to healthcare and education
  • Making sure that women maintain bodily and reproductive autonomy
  • Having humane, fact-based immigration policy
  • Leading in forward-thinking environmental and foreign policy

Election Meddling and Possible Impeachment

Arizona’s own U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, who represents a portion of LD17 and is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, recently issued a statement of support for opening a House impeachment inquiry:

“The Special Counsel’s redacted report detailed Russia’s sweeping attack on America’s democracy. Yet the President has refused to defend our nation and leaves us vulnerable to further attack. In fact, to this day, the President curiously accepts Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of interference at face value. The Special Counsel also uncovered significant evidence that the President obstructed justice but was prohibited by Department of Justice policy from filing charges. If the evidence the Special Counsel discovered is accurate, I believe it surpasses the Constitutional threshold of high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Rep. Stanton is currently joined by 52 other House Democrats, and one Republican, in calling for such an inquiry.

LD17 Chair Takes Leave of Absence

Our Chair Jacob Schmitt is taking a three-month leave-of-absence from his leadership role in LD 17 for professional reasons. 
As a result, the Executive Board of the LD 17 Democrats will provide leadership during this time. So through Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, please direct all concerns and questions to our district’s email: azld17democrats@gmail.com and they will assist you. Also, First Vice Chair Carol Maas will lead our monthly meetings.

May Highlights

Az Democratic Party Vice Chair Jevin Hodge (left) leads us in a cheer at the monthly meeting. He says LD17 will be key to winning Maricopa County in 2020. 
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who at our monthly meeting described her office as underfunded, later saw more cuts in services, including election security, when the legislature passed its budget. 


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 June 4.

Speakers: Adrian Fontes, Maricopa County Recorder; and a wrap-up of the legislative session 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 June 10.

Speakers: Jeanne Casteen, candidate for Maricopa County Superintendent of Public Instruction; and a wrap-up of the legislative session from LD 17’s own, Rep. Jennifer Pawlik

The Sun Lakes Democratic Club collects non-perishable food items and cash for Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. Please bring your dollar-for- dollar, 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 April, 81 pounds of food and $43 in cash were donated, bringing this year’s totals, so far, to 454 pounds of food and $208 in cash.

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, June 4, 6-7 pm: Black Engagement Committee (BEC) — MCDP, 2914 N Central (NW Corner of Thomas Road)
  • Thursday, June 6 –  LD 17 Fundraiser – 6 to 8pm, Old Spaghetti Factory, Chandler Fashion Center. Featuring Congressman Greg Stanton and Rep. Jennifer Pawlik. Sign up on Facebook or Eventbrite
  • Wednesday, June 19, 6-8 pm: Deputy Registrar Training — IBEW  in Gilbert. Sign up here.
  • June 26/27 (Wed/Thr) 5pm:  Sun Lakes Democratic Club Presidential Debate Watch parties — Sun Lakes Country Club, Sun Lakes, in the Navajo Room. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $4 @ night and RSVP to Judi.
  • June 26/27 (Wed/Thr) Maricopa County Democratic Party will also be hosting Presidential Debate Watch Parties at Harkins Theater, Tempe Town Marketplace. Tickets are $13 @ night. RSVP at maricopadems.org

Saturday Canvasses

Saturday Canvasses — 10am, one Saturday a month thru Sept. 
Sunday Canvasses – 10am, one Sunday a month thru Sept.

Gather at Valley of the Sun Real Estate, 290 S Alma School Rd, Ste. 15, Chandler. Drivers and canvassers needed. 

Sign up for either Saturday or Sunday.

School Supplies Needed

Operation Back to School Chandler helps provide needed essentials for Chandler District school children that may not be able to start school without these supplies. Please bring items, which will be distributed in July, to either our monthly meeting on June 4 and/or our Fundraiser on June 6. Thank you!

Boxes of 24 CrayonsPackages of Washable Markers
Pink ErasersPencil Boxes/Pencil Pouches
Glue SticksRulers
Wide-Ruled Spiral NotebooksWide Ruled Paper
Twin Pocket FoldersNumber 2 Pencils
Blue or Black PensHighlighters
College Ruled Spiral NotebooksCollege Ruled Paper
Index CardsFlash Drives
Composition Books

Mark Your Calendar 

LD17 Dems meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 2
The Sun Lakes meeting will be held on Monday, July 8

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