Democrats of Greater Tucson (DGT)

The Democrats of Greater Tucson (DGT) is Arizona’s only weekly forum for Democrats.  Every meeting has speakers addressing subjects of political interest.  Frequently, especially during campaign season, Democratic candidates announce their candidacies and present their platforms at DGT meetings.
For information on meetings and topics or if you are interested in speaking to the DGT please contact 1st Vice President and Program Director Donna Branch-Gilby at (520) 743-9153 or e-mail -

The Democrats of Greater Tucson’s meeting is held each Monday (except holidays) at 12 noon in a luncheon setting at Dragon’s View Restaurant.  There is a required nominal charge of $2.50 for a beverage.  An optional buffet lunch is available for just $8.50 that includes beverage and dessert.  Both prices include tax and tip.

Please go to the DGT website listed below for the current schedule of upcoming meeting topics.

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Contact Us:  DGT at Pima County Democratic Headquarters – (520) 326-3716


The Democrats of Greater Tucson will celebrate its 34th year as “DGT” as we mark another anniversary of losing the young, as in the “Young” Democrats of Greater Tucson this November.  We achieved this stepping-stone through hard work, showing fiscal responsibility, and by sticking to the original concept formulated by the founders of the shortened DGT; all Democrats get to speak.

Back in ’71 when DGT lost the “young” in the group’s title we gained the ability to be diverse not just in age but also in thought, race and political spectrum.  As long as one adhered to the moniker of “Member of the Democratic Party”, one could get on the speakers list.  As a result, DGT attendees have heard from Democrats across the wide spectrum of the party, and that leaves all who participate richer as a result.

All of this does cost money to put together.  However, DGT remains the one of the lowest if not the lowest priced Democratic Clubs in the state.  The annual dues is $15 or just $1.25 a month. That makes the cost just over $11 a month for an individual to participate every week in all that DGT offers.  Isn’t it time to consider joining or renewing for less than what it costs (calculated per month) at many restaurants for their luncheon special?

That does not even take into account the programming.  The 2014 campaign year was still two months away and DGT members had already enjoyed hearing from Fred Duval and several other candidates for this year’s local and statewide elections.  DGT attendees have also heard from several of the groups that will be impacted by the decisions voters will be making in the 2014 campaigns. Not to mention keeping up to date on next years critical mayoral and city council races.

When you consider that one can enjoy a beverage for $2.50 or the extensive luncheon buffet for $8.50 and both prices include an insightful speaker and pleasant company.  It’s hard to think of any better way to spend the first hour of a Monday afternoon.  Contact 2nd Vice President Elaine Clark our Membership Chair (520-514-1626) for further information!



Jackie Day(520-743-9806)

1st Vice President (Program Chair):
Donna Branch-Gilby (520-743-9153)

2nd Vice President (Membership Chair):
Elaine Clark (520-514-1626)

Andrea Merola-Kennedy (520-325-3935)

Bob Clark (h: 520-514-1626; c: 646-671-7129)

Representative to Pima County Democratic Executive Committee:
Jeanne Christie (h: 520-444-5194)


Every Monday (except holidays)
12 Noon (Meeting begins at 12:15)
Dragon’s View Restaurant
400 N Bonita Ave (Just west of I-10 Freeway, between St Marys & Congress St)


$15.00 per year


Contact: Elaine Clark, (520) 743-9806 (leave a message)


Contact: Jackie Day, (520) 743-9806 (leave a message)


Potential Future Speakers and Topics:

(If you do not find a speaker or topic that interests you, please contact Donna Branch-Gilby with your suggestion[s]!)

Changes to Medicare and Medicaid or Health Care Reform and What We Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

Arizona List and Emerge – The Importance of Candidate Recruitment

Jeff Biggers, Author, Journalist and Historian – Discusses his book:  State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream, Biggers, Jeff.  State Out of the Union, New York:  Nations Books a member of the Perseus Book Group, 2012.  Print

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