Candidate Name: Steve Diamond
What office are you running for?
Pima County Supervisor
With which party are you running for office?
November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
I care deeply about the future of our nation and of our community. I want to bring values back into politics, instead of ideologies — values like integrity, inclusiveness, equity, justice. And I want to help turn Arizona solid blue.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
One of the biggest issues is environmental preservation in general and water conservation in particular. Southern Arizona is using up (and sometimes polluting) its water supply. Regional growth plans and regional plans for water use, water reclamation, and drought contingency must be improved and refined to reflect changing circumstances.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We must emphasize our common humanity and common interests. For example, college-educated professionals are slow to realize that they have much more in common with industrial and clerical workers than they do with the 1%. Both groups have to work for a living. The 1% generally live on investment income. When this commonality remains unseen, we end up with the current “elites” vs “deplorables” scenario. It’s a false enmity nurtured by the 1% to further their own interests. With education and mutual respect we can dissipate the smoke-screen.
Who is your hero?
What are your hobbies?
Hiking, reading, writing, meditating
What is the most recent book you read?
Trump and a Post-Truth World, by Ken Wilber
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
We lost our beloved cat, Helen, a couple of years ago. We still miss her.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Visit my website — https://votestevediamond.com/. Sign up to volunteer. (Phone canvassing and postcard mailing can be done from anywhere.) Donate money. (My presumptive opponent is a multi-millionaire and I’m not!) Follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and amplify my posts.
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
Why are campaigns for local offices (county and city) important?
First, because local governments set policies and take actions that affect people’s lives directly. They can readily enhance or diminish the strength of communities. For example, Pima County and the City of Tucson are currently providing help and resources for mineworkers striking against unfair labor practices by ASARCO. Second, because strong local campaigns help to get out the vote, which benefits like-minded candidates all up and down the ballot.
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