News from the Coconino County Democratic Party
August 4, 2021
- Redistricting Update
- Run for Office
- Campaign for Voting Rights, Education, and Fair Taxation
- Making the Best of It
- Monthly Action Meeting
- Legislative Committee
- Photos You May Have Missed
- News You May Have Missed
- Calendar of Coconino County Democratic Party
Our Flagstaff Democrats turned out at the Thursday, July 29 Independent Redistricting Commission public hearing in Flagstaff with satellite streaming sites in Tuba City and Page. Thank you to all who spoke up for keeping Flagstaff together in one legislative and Congressional District and demanding a strong voice for rural Arizona and our Indigenous peoples.
Last Friday, Chair Ann Heitland and Redistricting Liaison Sharon Edgar went to the hearing in Window Rock. On Saturday, two of our County Supervisors (Patrice Horstman and Judy Begay) went to the hearing in Show Low. Sharon also attended the in-person hearings in Sedona and Kingman. Supervisor Matt Ryan represented the County at the Sedona hearing. We can’t thank Sharon and Laura Huenneke enough for the effort they are putting into monitoring and representing during this important process.
August 10 is the deadline for submitting your community surveys to the Independent Redistricting Commission. Here’s the link to the survey. If you need help with the mapping function or defining your community of interest, please ask for help. We will have some help sessions available later this week. Write: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming IRC Highlights:
- The Commission is scheduled to receive a Community of Interest Report on August 31.
- Grid Map is scheduled for adoption on September 14, followed by a 23-day comment period ending October 8. “Grid maps”are the constitutionally mandated starting point in Arizona’s redistricting process. This is to ensure that each Independent Redistricting Commission starts from scratch rather than simply modifying existing districts. Grid maps reflect only two of the six criteria the commissioners are required to consider: equal population and compactness/contiguousness.
- The Commission will make decisions on draft maps between October 22-27, followed by a 30-day period of public review ending on November 30 (hopefully with more public hearings around the state). The draft maps will take into account the other four constitutionally mandated criteria for drafting maps:
- Compliance with the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act;
- Respect for communities of interest;
- Incorporation of visible geographic features, including city, town, and county boundaries, as well as undivided census tracts; and
- Creation of competitive districts where there is no significant detriment to other goals.
The Commission’s plan is to adopt final maps on December 22. Then the lawsuits may begin.
Run for Office
Don’t wait for the IRC to complete its work before throwing your hat in the ring to run for the legislature. Or, any other office. Serious training and planning begin now. If you are interested in running for office, please get in touch with County Chair Ann Heitland (chair@CoconinoDemocrats.org) or, for the legislature, with the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee using this form: https://adlcc.com/run-for-office/
For a seven-hour overview of how to start your campaign, sign up for the National Democratic Training Committee’s August 21 “Bootcamp” webinar.
Campaign for Voting Rights, Education, and Fair Taxation
Our precinct committee members and other volunteers are engaged in an unprecedented campaign to overturn bad legislation passed by the GOP-controlled legislature this year. Our campaign supports the referenda sponsored by two organizations — Arizona Deserves Better and Invest in AZ. Please join our precinct committee members and volunteers in door-to-door canvassing and tabling events from now through the third week of September. The Arizona Constitution gives voters a powerful tool to stop bad legislation — but the work must be done quickly. There is no time to lose.
Learn about the issues, our work, and how you can help: Our Petition Drive: Voting Rights and Tax Referenda
See opportunities to sign petitions on our website calendar.Check back often as we are adding new events frequently. Share these events with your friends and neighbors!
To become a petition circulator, contact your Regional Captain or our office. Thank you to all the notaries who have volunteered to receive petitions from our circulators!
As with any effort, this takes money as well as volunteers. Help if you can by donating today.
Making the Best of It
With the rising community spread of COVID and the difficulties we faced in arranging safe food delivery for a large picnic, the Executive Committee made the tough decision to cancel our Monsoon Picnic for the second year in a row. Instead, Region 2 will use the ramada we had reserved in Bushmaster Park on August 8 as a petition signing and training site.
Monthly Action Meeting
Each month, PCs and volunteers meet to advance the cause of electing Democrats up and down the ballot. This month our guests include Gubernatorial Candidate Marco Lopez, County Supervisor (and candidate) Jeronimo Vasquez, and two Arizona Democratic Party staff members talking about new ADP initiatives.
This will be an active meeting (or as active as we can get on Zoom). Click for Zoom link. (Note: The plan to make this our first in-person meeting since the pandemic began has changed due to the increase in community spread.)
With the legislature out of session (what a relief!), our Legislative Committee has turned its full attention to Congress. Read their regular Federal Action Alerts on our website and take action! Here’s the latest one.
Looking for a perfect gift for your favorite Coconino Dem? Check out our new tee shirts and other gear.
Photos You May Have Missed
Mohave County Democratic Party Billboards
News You May Have Missed
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Six Months of Building Back BetterThe Coconino County Democratic Party Welcomes the Independent Redistricting Commission to Flagstaff, Tuba City, and PageAMR Did Come To the Rescue
The Fraudit wraps up as a pitiful page 4 news story in the Flagstaff newspaper.
Watch our website for news bulletins, Action Alerts as well as reports on the activities of our County Board of Supervisors and the Independent Redistricting Commission. You will also see our Twitter feed on the homepage or you can follow us on Twitter directly @CoconinoDemocrats.
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