Feb. 20 Meeting

Join us Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1:00 p.m. for our monthly meeting. We’ll be introducing Ryan Summers. He recently announced he’s running for the Arizona House in District 16. Jennifer Hilsbos, the Executive Director of Stronger Together AZ, Chair of the Technical/Mapping Redistricting Committee, and Vice Chair of the #RemovePaulGosar Task Force, will also speak. Join us on Zoom or YouTube to hear what’s happening with Democrats in our area.

We’ll be streaming the first part of this month’s meeting on our YouTube channel. While you’re there, please subscribe. Sign up for our Newsletter (below) to learn how to participate on Zoom, and get announcements of future meetings.

If you’re a Democrat living in District 16 (that from Encanterra north to Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, and East Mesa), please take minute to sign Ryan’s petition.


Taking Back the House

The Arizona State House has 31 Republicans and 29 Democrats today. If two seats flip, Democrats will have a majority. Sharon Girard and Dr. Helen Hunter can make that happen.

This month’s meeting, Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m., features two women running for the Arizona State House. They will bring a fresh perspective to state government thanks to their life experience.

Dr. Helen Hunter is a community organizer, social justice advocate, seasoned pastor, board-certified chaplain, and businesswoman. She served on the Mesa Police Department Use of Force Committee and as President of the East Valley NAACP.  Helen’s work with East Valley Police Departments was recognized at the 2019 Arizona Interfaith Movement Golden Rule Awards ceremony for exemplary community work and collaboration. She is a candidate in LD 16, which includes the part of Queen Creek in Pinal County, Gold Canyon, Apache Junction, and east Mesa.

Dr. Helen Hunter, Candidate for AZ House, District 16.
Dr. Helen Hunter, Candidate for AZ House, District 16.

Sharon Girard practiced as a Physicians Assistant for 30 years. She spent decades working in emergency rooms in small rural communities and helped introduce the PA profession to the UK. Her leading issues are healthcare, education, gun violence, and women’s rights. She is a candidate in LD 8, which includes most of Pinal County and reaches up to Globe.

Sharon Girard, Candidate for AZ House, District 8.

The meeting will take place on Zoom and be live-streamed on YouTube, where anyone can watch. The YouTube stream is view-only. If you would like to participate in the meeting, use our contact form or join our Facebook group to get the meeting information.

We hope you can join us for our last meeting before early voting starts on October 7. The last day to register to vote for the election is October 5.


August Meeting

We’re switching to afternoon meetings on Saturday, August 15. The new time is 1:00-2:00 p.m.

This month our featured speakers are Delina DiSanto, candidate for U.S. Congress, District 4, and Senator Barbara McGuire, candidate for the Arizona Senate, District 8. We will also be introducing our new organizer for Mission for Arizona, Kai Simpson. Immediately after our meeting (at 2:00 p.m.) Mission for Arizona will host a special training session for members of our group.

Delian DiSanto won the Democratic Primary for Congressional District 4 on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Her Republican opponent is Congressman Paul Gosar. Since she won the primary she has been endorsed by David Gosar, whom you might remember from 2018, among others.

Delina is a Registered Nurse and former hospital Finance Director, who once worked for Colorado Republican Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. She wants to get her message out that she will not be divisive and will vote for legislation that will give CD 4 residents the hand up that they need. Healthcare and pandemic stimulus money are top issues about which voters are concerned.

Here’s a map of Congressional District 4. Delina’s already been on the road a lot, and she has many more miles ahead of her!

Arizona Congressional District 4

Barbara McGuire represented District 8 in the Arizona Senate from 2013-2017. She is running to reclaim her seat. She is a life-long resident of the district, which covers much of Pinal County and reaches up past Globe.

Arizona State Legislative District 8

Senator McGuire is a Clean Elections Candidate. It was a program created to help politicians forego special interest and high-dollar contributions.

From 2007-2011 she served in the Arizona House of Representatives. During her time in the state legislature she forged relationships at state and federal levels with both Democrats and Republicans to address many state issues. Her bills have been signed by Governors from both parties.

We hope you’ll join us for the meeting, Saturday, Aug. 15 at from 1-2 p.m. There’s an announcement describing how to connect at the top of our Facebook group, or you can use our contact form to get in touch.


June Meeting

Dr. Rev. Helen Hunter, a write-in candidate for the Arizona House, LD 16, is a featured speaker for the San Tan Valley Democrats, Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. She is a community organizer, social justice advocate, seasoned pastor, board-certified chaplain, and businesswoman. She served as President of the East Valley NAACP and on the Mesa Police Department Use of Force Committee. LD 16 includes northern San Tan Valley, east Mesa, Apache Junction, and Gold Canyon.

We will also hear from the non-partisan #InvestInEd ballot initiative and from Mission for Arizona. The speaker presentations will be shorter this month to allow for more group interaction.

To join the meeting on Zoom, which is interactive and preferred, please join our private Facebook group. You’ll see the login information there with a clickable link.

You can also watch on YouTube, which is view-only, without a login. While you’re there, please click the Subscribe button. You’ll see a notice when the meeting’s about to start this month and in the future. If you have already subscribed, “Thanks!”