Important Information Concerning Upcoming PCDP Reorganizational Meeting
Notice of Biannual Reorganizational Meeting
Election & Voting Procedures
Statements of Candidacy from Don Jorgensen, Pat Burns, Cecilia Aros Hunter and Martin Bacal
Pima County Democratic Party
Biannual Reorganization Meeting
Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Registration: 8:30am – 9:30am
Amphitheater High School
125 West Yavapai Road
Tucson, AZ 85705
All pc’s elected August 28, 2012 may participate & vote
all other democrats may attend as non-voting guests.
During this bi-annual meeting of PCs we shall elect our officers for a two-year term. We would like to request all individuals interested in running for one of the officer positions to submit a statement of candidacy to PimaDem@PimaDems.org. A statement of candidacy is not mandatory, but if received will be distributed to all elected PCs prior to elections.
If you have any questions please contact us at 520-326-3716.
- Elect State Committee Members (Ratify selections made at District Reorganizational Meetings ( per ARS 16-825 )
- Elect Pima County Officers for 2013-2014
APPENDIX 2: MANUAL OF ELECTION AND VOTING PROCEDURES
ELECTION & VOTING PROCEDURES
PIMA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY COMMITTEE
Appendix 2 Adopted 1/08/2011; Text Adopted 12/03/2012
Prior to the election of officers, the body shall vote to ratify the selection of State
Committee members made at the prior Legislative District Organizing meetings.
The lists of names will be available at each LD sign-in location.
At the time to begin the election process, these procedures shall be submitted to the full
County Committee members (PC’s) present.
1. The County Party Chair shall appoint an Election Chair and a Parliamentarian to conduct the election of Party Officers. Neither of these shall be a candidate for Pima County Democratic Party office at this election. Tellers to count the votes also shall be appointed and may not be candidates at this meeting.
2. Each Legislative District Chair shall be responsible for the designation of a teller to sign in and issue ballot packets to the PCs in each Chair’s Legislative District. Sign-In sheets with the names of each District’s PCs and ballot packets will be provided to the District Chairs. Only elected PCs (those whose names are on the lists) may sign in and receive ballot packets.
3. When signing in, PCs shall be instructed not to vote for any office until that election is called by the Election Chair. There are no proxies except as provided in the County Bylaws.
Only PCs who sign in during the authorized sign in period shall be eligible to receive a ballot and vote.
2. The Officer elections shall proceed in the following order: (1) CHAIR); (2) 1st VICE-CHAIR; (3) 2nd VICE-CHAIR; (4) TREASURER; (5) RECORDING SECRETARY; (6) CORRESPONDING SECRETARY.
3. Each Officer’s election shall proceed and be completed before the next subsequent election is begun. This will allow any defeated candidate to be nominated and run for another office.
4. At each election for an office, nominations and seconds shall be taken from the floor. Nominating speeches may not exceed two minutes. No seconding speeches shall be made except the statement of seconding the nomination.
5. At the close of nominations, nominated candidates for the office being elected may make a speech, not to exceed 4 minutes. They shall speak in the order they were nominated. If not more than one candidate is nominated for an office, the Election Chair shall call for a motion to elect the sole candidate by acclamation.
If there are multiple candidates, the election will proceed. Voters will be instructed to cast the appropriately colored ballot for the office being voted for.
6. a. The tellers will collect the ballots, and count them. b. To be elected, a candidate must receive a majority of valid ballots cast. (Valid ballots are
those, which are neither blank, nor spoiled.) c. If no candidate receives a majority there shall be run-off election, (using the run-off ballots provided. This procedure will continue until a candidate receives a majority. At each run-off election, the candidate receiving the fewest votes at the previous ballot shall be eliminated from subsequent ballots for that office.
7. After a winner is announced, the meeting will be open for nominations for the next election to be held. This process will continue until all officers have been elected.
STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY: Donald G. Jorgensen
Office: Chair, Pima County Democratic Party
I’m Don Jorgensen, and I am asking for your support to serve as the new Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party.
As a lifelong Democrat I believe in personal freedom, social and civil justice, inclusion and equality for all and economic opportunity. These are not simply Democratic values; they are indeed American values.
The Pima County Democratic Party is strongest when we come together with a broad variety of viewpoints to unite and advance our shared goals.
I seek to serve as your County Chair to lead the continuing effort to grow stronger, louder and smarter as we create a shared strategic vision for attracting new Democrats and electing Democrats at all levels of public service.
What do I bring to this position?
Experienced leadership of associations, NPOs and a successful private business with a record of balancing budgets, managing staff, collaborative management, and putting creative, strategic visions into action;
A commitment to effective communication at all levels (at my organization we call it “frequent, frank and respectful”);
Here’s A Brief Professional and Political Bio:
- Owner – Jorgensen Healthcare Associates, Inc. (22 Years)
- Developed strategic leadership plans for international associations, NPOs, small businesses.
- Brought Union and Business leaders together in a global organization to create fiscal stability and service expansion.
- Developed workplace health, conflict management and crisis response services for over 70 municipalities and businesses in the United States
- Designed comprehensive regional substance abuse and behavioral health service system
- Professional Speaker and Trainer in the U.S., Canada, Ireland and China
- Past President – International Employee Assistance Professionals Association
- Past President – Greater Tucson Leadership
- Board Member – National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
- Board Member – YMCA of Southern Arizona
- Recognized in “40 Under 40” for Community Achievement
- Former NPO Director
- Ph.D. (Health Services Administration)
- LD 26 Chair, 2009-2011
- Former candidate for Arizona House of Representatives, 2008
- State Committee Member, 2006 – present
- Precinct Committeeperson, 2006 – present
- Helped pass first Arizona law to impact fetal alcohol syndrome
- Graduate, Center for Progressive Leadership
Additional campaign experience:
- Cheryl Cage for AZ Senate (campaign manager)
- Steve Farley for AZ Senate
- Lena Saradnik for AZ House
- Jeff Latas for US House
- Katherine Jacobson for AZ Senate
- Various coordinated campaigns
It would be an honor to serve as your chair of the Pima County Democratic Party. I ask for your support at the PCDP Biannual Reorganization meeting on January 5th.
Donald G. Jorgensen, Ph.D.
STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY: Pat Burns
Office: 2nd Vice-Chair, Pima County Democratic Party
My name is Pat Burns and I’m running to be the 2nd Vice Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party. I’m a native Tucsonan and a Graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in Political Science. I’m also currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the UofA as well. I began getting involved in politics 10 years ago when I joined the UofA Young Democrats and went on to serve as Secretary and Vice President of the club before graduating in 2005. After that I reformed the Pima County Working Young Dems and then went on to be President of the statewide Young Democrats of Arizona (YDAz) in 2009; the first President in almost a decade from outside of Maricopa County.
In 2010, I was proud to work on the re-election campaign of Congressman Grijalva as one of his Field Organizers and then in 2011 was honored to be the Field Director for the campaign of now Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. In the last few years I have also served on the board of the Southern Arizona Chapter of the ACLU, as well as the board of Democrats of Greater Tucson. Having spent the last few years on the Pima County Democratic Executive Committee either representing the Young Dems or legislative district 27, I have grown very familiar with the inner workings of our local party.
The leadership of people like Jeff Rogers, Adam Kinsey, Shasta McManus and countless others have helped grow our Party into one of the most successful and effective County Parties in the state, if not the region. I look forward to helping to continue this great work as 2nd Vice Chair and build on the successes we’ve had in recent years. I ask for your support on January 5th at our reorganization meeting and cannot wait to get started working for more victories in 2013 and 2014 as we move forward.
STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY: Cecilia Aros Hunter
Office: Recording Secretary, Pima County Democratic Party
My name is Cecilia Aros Hunter and I am running for the office of Recording Secretary of the Pima County Democratic Party.
I have been a life long staunch Democrat having started at seven years old when I went with my parents to work for the election of Raul Castro for Pima County Attorney. The political juices started flowing and I grew up studying government and politics. After graduating from the University of Arizona, with two degrees, I went with my husband to Kingsville, TX where he was a professor of History and I taught political science first at the high school level, then the local community college and finally at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. When I retired from that school I was director of Archives and Special Collection and since my husband also retired he did as he had promised and we moved back to our Tucson home. While in Texas I was a precinct chair, and member of the county Democratic executive committee for almost thirty years. I attended State Conventions and was even elected twice to be a Democratic delegate to the Electoral College. Unfortunately Democrats did not carry the state.
When we returned to Tucson in 2007 I became involved in the Hillary Clinton Campaign, and was appointed and then elected a precinct committee person. I volunteered to work at the Democratic Headquarters and you can see me there each Friday afternoon. I have walked blocks, circulated petitions and registered voters for the last few years. I was elected secretary of the newly reorganized LD10 last spring. Now, I would like to serve as the County’s Recording Secretary and hope that you will feel my experience has trained me to do this job.
Cecilia Aros Hunter
STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY: Martin Bacal
Office: Corresponding Secretary, Pima County Democratic Party
I will be running for reelection as Corresponding Secretary of the Pima County Democratic Party at the Biennial Reorganization on January 5, 2013.