August 2019 Newsletter

Arizona Voter Outreach is Crucial in 2020

NBC News recently published a disturbing piece of 2020 elections analysis by Dave Wasserman, an analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. He suggests that Trump could lose the election by 5 million votes but still win the electoral college. 
However, he also points out that Arizona is one of only a handful of competitive states that can prevent yet another theft of our democracy through gerrymandering and voter suppression.

One major way that we can prevent this is to support local candidates. JFK famously noted that a rising tide lifts all boats, and helping to lift the LD17 boat will, in turn, help lift the entire ship of the state. It’s simple: more votes for your local candidates, means more votes for Democrats overall. 

Now, if you’re thinking that turning LD17 blue is an insurmountable task, consider how narrowly Republican J.D. Mesnard won the 2018 State Senate election in our district. Our Democratic candidate, Steve Weichert, lost by just 1,744 votes!

The wind of change is at our backs in 2020, and we can do this, if we all work together! 

All of this underscores how important your actions are in the coming months leading up to the election. Here’s what you can do now:

  • Encourage friends to register to vote 
  • Join us for canvasses (see below) to talk to your neighbors
  • Donate to support our campaign office efforts
  • Attend our monthly meetings and special events
  • Join one of our standing committees 

July Highlights

Rachel Yanof of Achieve60AZ spoke at our monthly meeting  
Our volunteers check in attendees at the Maricopa County Democratic Summer Convention
Thank you to Rep. Jennifer Pawlik who organized our school supply drive effort

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 Aug. 6.
Speakers: Greer Millard, Florence Project; Robert McWhirter, Maricopa County Attorney candidate; and 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 Aug. 12.Speakers: Sandra Kennedy, Corporation Commissioner; Robert McWhirter, Maricopa County Attorney candidate; and 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 June, 187 pounds of food were donated, bringing this year’s totals, so far, to 689 pounds of food and $298 in cash.

Upcoming Events

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.

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