Democrats of Greater Tucson (DGT)

DGT expresses its condolences to the family of Pat Poore. Pat was a monolith in both the Democratic Party and DGT. Her energy and contributions will be dearly missed.

The memorial service for Patricia (Pat) Poore will be on May 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM – at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150  N Alvernon Way. (just south of Frys)

Election s for a new 1st Vice President will be help at the June 13th meeting.  Nomination will beging at the May 16th meeting.  In order to participate you must be a DGT member in good standing by May 12th.

Upcoming Monday Speakers:

May 2   Final Exit Network Director John Abraham; end of life issues
May 9  LD 9 State House Member and candidate Matt Kopek; his campaign and the goings on of the Legislature.
May 16  Candidate for Pima County School Superintendent Michael Gordy
May 23   Sunnyside School District School Board President/candidate  for AZ State House, LD 2,  Daniel Hernandez, Jr.
May 30      no meeting, Memorial Day holiday
June 6   Pima County School Superintendent candidate Dustin Williams
June 13  Tucson City Councilman, Ward 5, Richard Fimbres
June 20  TUSD School Board candidate Lori Riegel
June 27   LD 3 AZ House Reps Sally Ann Gonzales, Macario Saldate
July 4th   4th July holiday, no meeting


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 Rod McLeod at (520) 360-7855 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 $3.50 for a beverage.  An optional buffet lunch is available for just $10.00 that includes beverage and dessert.  Both prices include tax and tip. Credit and Debit Cards are accepted, but will incur a $2.00 processing fee that is added to the price of your meal.

Please go to the Pima Dems Calendar listed below for the current schedule of upcoming meeting topics and presenters.

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


The Democrats of Greater Tucson celebrated its 35th year as “DGT” in 2014, as we marked another anniversary of losing the “young”, as in the “Young Democrats of Greater Tucson” in 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,  leaving all who participate richer as the 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.  Isn’t it time to consider joining or renewing for less than what it costs  at many restaurants for lunch by itself ? (When one calculates  DGT’s  expenses per month Dues + Minimum Charge per session.)

That does not even take into account our wonderful programming.  The 2016 campaign year is now upon us, and while the city election’s success was good, all Pima county Democrats’ minds, are now on the all important county, state  Congressional and Presidential races.  To that end DGT already has heard from several declared Democratic Congressional candidates and more is  “in the hopper” for the up coming months.  DGT attendees will also be hearing from many groups who are impacted by the outcomes of these important elections.

When you consider that one can enjoy a beverage for $3.50 or the expansive luncheon buffet for $10.00 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 Kathy Ramage-White our Membership Chair [(520) 979-4342] for further information!




Jeremey Lasher (520-609-7641)

1st Vice President (Program Chair):
Rod McLeod (520-360-7855)

2nd Vice President (Membership Chair):
Kathleen (Kathy) Ramage-White (520-514-1626)

Andrea Merola-Kennedy (520-325-3935)

Steve Linder (h: 520-742-1331 c: 520-820-3073)

Representative to Pima County Democratic Executive Committee:
Peter Bengtson (520-219-3507)



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


$15.00 per year

Paying your $15 dues:  1) You may pay your dues by check or cash at any one of our Monday luncheon sessions.  2) You may mail your check to Democrats of Greater Tucson, PO Box 41573, Tucson AZ 85717. 3) You can also pay on-line at ACT BLUE.


Contact:  Kathy Ramage-White, (520) 979-4342 (leave a message)


Contact: President Jeremey Lasher (520) 609-7641

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