Pima County Democratic Party http://www.pimadems.org Our goal is to elect Democrats to to serve in Pima County and do our part to get Democrats elected to statewide and national offices. We also work to get our message out to all forms of media across Pima County. We organize walks and host phone banks so neighbors can talk to neighbors about the important local, statewide and national issues facing our community, Arizona and the country. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:24:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LISTEN >> 7/18/16 Political Face-Off http://www.pimadems.org/2016/07/25/listen-71816-political-face-off/ http://www.pimadems.org/2016/07/25/listen-71816-political-face-off/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:27:58 +0000 http://www.pimadems.org/?p=20666 Dr. Jo Holt on the Buckmaster Show’s Monday Political Face-Off.

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Prop 123: #RememberInNovember http://www.pimadems.org/2016/05/20/prop-123-outcome/ http://www.pimadems.org/2016/05/20/prop-123-outcome/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 15:38:29 +0000 http://www.pimadems.org/?p=19724 May 20, 2016:

I want to thank everyone who voted NO on Proposition 123 this week. And I want to congratulate those who actively worked against its passage – and FOR the public schools in Arizona.

The positive spin put on Prop 123 is based on a fundamental fallacy: that the Governor and the legislators who work with him are actually very supportive of the public school system. In fact, it’s just the opposite. They want to privatize our public schools. There’s a great deal of money to be made there.

The good news is that the very narrow passage of 123 indicates that folks are starting to wake up. They recognize baloney even if it’s wrapped in “support” for education. In reality, the only way to save public schools in Arizona is to vote for leaders at all levels who will stand firm and properly fund them. We have another chance to do that in November.

Jo Holt
Pima County Democratic Party

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Vote NO on Prop 123 http://www.pimadems.org/2016/04/27/vote-no-on-prop123/ http://www.pimadems.org/2016/04/27/vote-no-on-prop123/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:15:11 +0000 http://www.pimadems.org/?p=19569 April 27, 2016:

Over the last few months I’ve heard arguments on both sides of Prop123, which is a constitutional amendment that permits an increase in state land trust monies to schools over the next decade. Upside: desperate schools will get some money right away (maybe). Downside: we give the legislature new tools for cutting funding to public schools in the future. Oh, and then there’s that whole thing about putting the land trust in jeopardy.

Here’s the thing. What I see is that the positive spin being put on Prop 123 is based upon one critical falsehood:


The AZ legislative majority made enormous cuts to the public school system because they were forced to by the Great Recession. The AZ legislative majority is actually very supportive of the public school system.

What is truly remarkable is that organizations who exist to protect our public schools actually appear to believe this falsehood. They therefore believe that they can negotiate in good faith with Republican state leaders on the future of AZ public schools.

We have to face the facts. The Republican state leaders want to privatize as much of the AZ public school system as possible. In fact, they want to privatize as many social services run by government as possible. They want to shrink government and have the state, and the entire country, run by private enterprise. This ideology lies at the base of the far right mindset. We might not want to accept it, but it’s true.

The Republican state leaders know, however, that their idea of privatization is not generally accepted by the public. So how to change that? Somehow get the schools to fail, and that can be done by grossly underfunding them. And so we find ourselves facing the monster that is Prop123.

We (the state) promise to give you (the public schools) some money this year if you’ll just let us change the law to give us more ways to cut your budgets in the future. Really, this is just the first step. We promise. You can trust us.

No, no, we can’t put increases in funding for public schools in the budget – we just don’t have the money. But we can do this deal on the side.

But, in fact, AZ has money.

As only one example of many, look at state income tax. The wealthiest Arizonans pay less than half the effective tax rate as middle-income families do. If the wealthy paid the middle-class rate of taxation, the budget would grow by close to one-third, or $3B, every year.

Wake up, Arizona. Most of you are being taken to the cleaners by the Republican legislative leaders, the very people you vote for. Yes, they’re the same folks that cut our public schools and then engineered Prop123.

Don’t be fooled by the same baloney again. Vote NO on Prop123. It’s just the first step, though. The second step happens with your vote in November.

Jo Holt
Pima County Democratic Party

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Communications Assistant http://www.pimadems.org/2016/04/13/capos/ http://www.pimadems.org/2016/04/13/capos/#respond Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:20:21 +0000 http://www.pimadems.org/?p=19529

Position Open:  Communications Assistant, Part-Time


  1. Position Overview: The Pima County Democratic Party is accepting applications for a motivated, organized Communications Assistant to ensure our continued success in 2016. The Communications Assistant is responsible for working with our Executive Director to create both print and online materials that effectively describe and promote PCDP activities and positions.
  2. Hours: Beginning May 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016 at 20-30 hrs per week.
  3. Responsibilities:
  • To produce a weekly newsletter of activities.
  • To post information and produce advertising on social media.
  • To produce email for advertising or informational purposes.
  • To work cooperatively with PCDP officers and committee members as directed by the Executive Director.
  • To assist in communication with elected officials, candidates, and community organizations.
  • To represent PCDP in a professional manner at all times.
  1. Skills & Qualifications Preferred:
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills highly desired but not required
  • Political, government or nonprofit experience helpful but not required
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic election knowledge (Voter Registration, PEVL, Election procedures, etc.)
  • Experience with Social Media and their role in advocacy
  • Valid Driver’s License, auto insurance, and vehicle
  1. Salary and Benefits: Salary negotiable; dependent upon experience and qualifications. Benefits include health care and paid vacation.
  2. To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, minimum of 3 references and a writing sample to Dr. Jo M Holt at PCDPjobs@gmail.com. Word Document or PDF format preferred.
    Application Deadline:  April 25, 2016

The Pima County Democratic Party encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. The Pima County Democratic Party works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees against discrimination.

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Executive Committee endorses Open and Honest Disclosure Amendment http://www.pimadems.org/2016/03/16/executive-committee-endorses-open-and-honest-disclosure-amendment/ http://www.pimadems.org/2016/03/16/executive-committee-endorses-open-and-honest-disclosure-amendment/#respond Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:44:15 +0000 http://www.pimadems.org/?p=19446 The Executive Committee of Pima County Democrats endorsed the Open and Honest Disclosure Amendment Initiative at its meeting on Monday, March 7. This is a 4-page constitutional amendment that affirms every Arizonan’s right to know the identity of any donor who spends more than $10,000 to influence a candidate election in Arizona. Terry Goddard is leading the effort to put the initiative on the ballot in November.  The amendment is very simple and provides a way to trace contributions back to the original contributor, even when they have been passed from one group to another in an attempt to hide that source.  It contains significant penalties if the spender fails to disclose properly.  Some of the details of the amendment include:

  • Requires 24-hour public disclosure of the original source of any expenditure in excess of $10,000 to influence an Arizona candidate election.
  • Original Source is defined as the person or corporation who made a contribution from its own funds (not from contributions or gifts) that ended up helping to finance a campaign in Arizona, regardless of how many times it was passed around.
  • Intermediary Source is defined as a person or corporation who passed along a contribution from an original source that ended up in a campaign in Arizona where it helped to elect or defeat a candidate.
  • Disclosure must be made under oath and subject to penalty of perjury.
  • Enforcement by filing officers; fines up to 3 times amount if not properly disclosed.
  • Citizens may pursue enforcement action.

Petition signatures are needed to get the initiative on the ballot.  As of this date, a paid petition effort is underway, but a volunteer effort will be needed as well.  (Please note that the paid effort also includes the “top two” initiative — the Pima County Democratic Party has not endorsed this separate petition.)   The volunteer effort is for the dark money petition only.    We challenge you all to circulate petitions and we will see which precinct gets the most signatures.  If you are interested in getting signatures for this effort you can contact the Southern Arizona Coordinator,  Merrill Eisenberg at 520-245-0258, or eisenberg.merrill@gmail.com.

The full text of the proposed initiative is available here or at the Secretary of State website.

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Democratic Values and our Public Schools http://www.pimadems.org/2016/03/13/democratic-values-and-our-public-schools/ http://www.pimadems.org/2016/03/13/democratic-values-and-our-public-schools/#respond Sun, 13 Mar 2016 16:00:46 +0000 http://www.pimadems.org/?p=19433 March 13, 2016:

What does it mean to identify yourself as a Democrat? To me, being a Democrat is all about inclusion and opportunity. The opportunity to choose a career path should be open to anyone who wants it and is willing to work for it. Regardless of the circumstances of their birth. That’s what built America, and we are reminded that Democratic values are really basic American values that we can all be proud of.

So how do we make it possible for every child to be able to choose the career they really want? An education system that is powerful enough to extend into the poorest neighborhoods doesn’t just “happen,” it has to be built. Time and money and energy have to go in to our public schools in order to attain this high goal. It’s no less a project that putting a man on the moon or any other massive undertaking that this country has made happen. It requires a long-term commitment of the American people based on their understanding of how much it means to all of us.

Long-term investment in the social structure of America is not on today’s political menu, however. The complacency of the American voter has allowed the profiteers to take control of our democracy. Does that sound a bit too radical to you? If it does, then I invite you to open your eyes and look around at what the state of Arizona has done, and continues to do, to its public schools. It is truly a nightmare.

To those of you who understand what’s happening, you must continue to speak out. Don’t stop now – get louder. Spread the word to those who don’t see the bigger picture. Stand tall and be proud of your Democratic values of inclusion and opportunity. Because that’s what democracy is all about.

Jo Holt
Pima County Democratic Party

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Whose Responsibility Is It? http://www.pimadems.org/2016/02/05/whose-responsibility-is-it/ http://www.pimadems.org/2016/02/05/whose-responsibility-is-it/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:32:43 +0000 http://www.pimadems.org/?p=18848 February 5, 2016:

I find it really interesting to talk with people who aren’t part of the political process. That may be because I spent most of my adult life as one of them. I mean, I always voted, I watched the news on TV, and I even read the local newspaper sometimes. But I never actually went out and campaigned for someone, or joined a political party. Look, I was busy, ok? I always voted – wasn’t that enough?

I just never stopped to think that this whole experiment in democracy (a.k.a. America) is likely to fail if “the people” don’t take an active part in the political process. I’d figured that someone else was taking care of all of that. And of course we hear other excuses as well, such as being fed up with both political parties, or the old standby “they’re all crooks.”

But what are people really complaining about? In the end, I think it boils down to a lack of accountability in our lawmakers and the way we elect them. Think about it. Every time someone complains, are they not saying that they wish someone would fix the problem? Who is accountable when lawmakers fail to do the right thing? Whose responsibility is it to object to gerrymandering our districts to favor one party over another? And there’s way too much money in political campaigns. Who’s to blame for letting that continue? Does anyone really expect the system to self-correct at that level?

Here’s the irony – the only real accountability in democracy lies with the people themselves. The whole “democracy” thing is set up this way. We have the freedom and the right to vote, but we also carry the responsibility for the result. Voting isn’t enough. You don’t like the way things are run? Well, it’s up to you to do something about it. We take responsibility for our own lives, fine. We also have to take responsibility for our own democracy.

Got a complaint? So what are you doing about it?

Jo Holt
Pima County Democratic Party

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The Way Forward http://www.pimadems.org/2016/01/14/a-note-from-the-chair/ http://www.pimadems.org/2016/01/14/a-note-from-the-chair/#respond Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:04:31 +0000 http://www.pimadems.org/?p=18711 January 13, 2016:

In my short tenure as Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party I have interacted with close to one third of our precinct committeepersons and have heard a wide range of opinions on the resignation of our former Chair and the events leading up to it. The one commonality expressed is a passion for our Party’s goals. Everyone I’ve heard from wants to work to elect more Democrats in Arizona.

The process by which we lost our previous Chair was deeply flawed. There was no opportunity for input from the Executive Committee, our governing body, nor from the many PCs who elect the Chair. Once given an opportunity to act, the Executive Committee accepted the false premise that the PCDP officers do not have to provide information on their role in Party functions. The lack of information from the officers precluded a vote of confidence in them by the Executive Committee. The stalemate resulting from this series of mistakes and failures to immediately take responsibility thus began.

Today, after almost four months of discussion, I believe the most productive path to healing is to focus on the one thing we have in agreement, which is to take action to elect Democrats in Arizona. The upcoming campaigns actually provide an ideal pathway for instituting fundamental changes that need to occur in our organization. First, we must be clear about Party structure and organization. The informal, casual approach to carrying out Party functions promotes entrenchment and exclusion. Second, Party leaders must do just that:  lead. We must make a special effort to incorporate PCs from all parts of Pima County to provide their input into our committees and, therefore, into the basic structure and functions of this Party.

I am confident that we can strengthen our Party and engage our PCs without asking our current officers to resign. In fact, at this point I do not believe that a vote of confidence, either up or down, even from all PCs in a general meeting, will end this impasse. What would have been effective months ago will not have the same impact now. What will be most effective is to work together and to communicate with one another on matters in which we fundamentally agree.

From this point forward, I am asking all PCs to focus first on Party functions, such as serving on a PCDP committee. I am asking the Executive Committee to step up and take responsibility of leadership, which should never be left to officers only. PCs should hold their Executive Committee representative accountable for that leadership. My future listening tour will be devoted to our strategy for 2016 with the understanding that there is critical support for issues and candidates that only the Party can provide. We must recognize the need for a wider view of application of our resources, beyond single districts, campaigns, or issues. Let’s elect Democrats, let’s protect working families in Arizona, let’s all stand up and speak up for our Democratic values. It is an honor to serve as your Chair, and I will work to do all that I can to strengthen this Party.

Jo Holt


Pima County Democratic Party

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Pima County Democratic Party Elects New Chair http://www.pimadems.org/2015/11/24/pima-county-democratic-party-elects-new-chair/ http://www.pimadems.org/2015/11/24/pima-county-democratic-party-elects-new-chair/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:35:14 +0000 http://www.pimadems.org/?p=18532 Pima County Democrats elected a new Chair, Dr. Jo M. Holt of Oro Valley.  Dr. Holt is a retired research biochemist and a previous candidate for the AZ State Jo Holt head shotSenate from Legislative District 11. She has most recently been serving as the Democratic Legislative District 11 Chair.

In addition to her work for the Democratic Party, Dr. Holt is actively involved in the Rotary Club of Marana and in Zonta International of the Casa Grande Valley. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry from Colorado State University in 1982, then spent a decade conducting research in molecular biophysics at the University of Arizona. She retired from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2006 in order to care for her husband, who has since passed away from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Upon her return to the Tucson area she became active in politics, mostly out of great concern for what she saw as an increasingly extremist political climate in Arizona. “It is essential that our county party continues to strengthen at the grassroots. I’m excited to work with concerned voters throughout the county to reinforce our Democratic message of equal opportunity and true representative democracy. It’s up to voters to stop the essentially limitless amount of money that political committees spend to buy the election of our lawmakers as well as their loyalty,” said Holt.

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2015 Inauguration Celebration Luncheon http://www.pimadems.org/2015/11/16/2015-inauguration-celebration-luncheon/ http://www.pimadems.org/2015/11/16/2015-inauguration-celebration-luncheon/#respond Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:35:26 +0000 http://www.pimadems.org/?p=18353 Please join us for the Inauguration Celebration of Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Council Members Shirley Scott, Regina Romero and Paul Cunningham.

Hosted by the Pima County Democratic Party

Monday, December 7th
11:30am at the Tucson Convention Center Ballroom

Tickets: $100
Table Sponsor: $1000
Event Sponsor: $2500
Ad Sponsorships Available

For more information please call 520-326-3716

Purchase Your Tickets Today!

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