March 2017 Newsletter:


Upcoming Events!

Wed. March 15, 5:30 pm: Social Media Workshop

Thursday, March 16, 11:30 am: Democratic Political Action! Lunch

Friday, March 17: Dems Deliver Food Drive

Saturday, March 25th: 17th Annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner 

Mon. April 10, 5:15 pm: Executive Board Meeting

Saturday, April 15, 10:00: Monthly PC Meeting and Quarterly Business Meeting (Combined)

Thursday, April 20, 11:30 am: Democratic Political Action! Lunch

Friday, April 21: Dems Deliver Food Drive

Monday, May 8, 5:15 pm: Execut
ive Board Meeting

Saturday, May 13. 10:00: Monthly PC Meeting

August 19: Monsoon Picnic, Quarterly Central Committee Meeting, Monthly PC Meeting

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Take Action!

It's The Ides of Trump! Mail your postcards today! 

Follow our Action Alerts on the web at:

Facebook: @CoconinoDemocrats

Twitter: @CoconinoDemocrats
There is a social media workshop tonight (Wednesday) at Headquarters. If you are a little uneasy about using Facebook and Twitter, come on in at 5:30.

Recent Alerts dealt with the Koch-Brothers-Backed call for an Article V Convention, Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and the Legislature's attempt to restrict voter initiatives. We have seen that concerted public pressure can have an impact, as with the so-called anti-rioting bill which Republicans in the Arizona Legislature (with the quiet blessing of Gov. Ducey) killed after an outcry of public rage.

The Coconino County Democratic Party is a member of the Indivisible Guide action network and we post regular alerts based on their guidance as well as from other sources. The most effective way to write and call you representatives is to do it on a timely basis in concert with others. 

Come to the Democratic Political Action! meeting this Thursday. It's at 11:30 at Cuvee on Heritage Square -- no purchase required, but the food and drink are great. Randy Wilson, Editor of the Arizona Daily Sun, will speak on reporting in the era of Trump.

Plan to attend our next PC Meeting -- and Quarterly Central Committee Meeting -- on April 15,

Monthly PC Meetings

The Precinct Committee Meeting on March 11 experienced a nice turnout in spite of competition with Spring Break and another community meeting. We established committees to work on future events, photography, community connections, outlying recruitment, and volunteering for work on the Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner and voter registration.  

We heard a presentation on and discussed communications strategies.

Future meetings will have speakers on issues identified as important to participants in this meeting. The top items were healthcare and civil rights. Of course, newly important issues may develop as the year proceeds. Please write to Tom Scholes with ideas you have:

Our April 15 meeting will be at the Federated Church, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This is the Quarterly Business Meeting required by the Party By-Laws. Officers and committee chairs will report on activities since the January Reorganization meeting. PCs are invited to bring ideas and make comments during the meeting. We will also have materials available for sign making for the "Show Us Your Taxes Rally" that will take place on the City Hall Lawn beginning at 12:30. 

Our next meeting will be May 13, back at NACET -- Save the Date!

DNC Winter Meeting -- Atlanta

February 23-25, 2017

from Doug Ballard, State and National Party Liaison

I thought I’d report on my experiences at the DNC winter meeting, when we elected our officers. It was a bit of an historic meeting, since there hadn’t been a contested election for DNC Chair since the early 1980’s. Of course, there were also contests for other positions.

As background, when the President of the United States is a Democrat, he or she automatically becomes the head of the Party and chooses who the Chair will be. When Howard Dean was elected Chair in 2005, it was essentially uncontested. So, this winter DNC meeting was a bit of history.

Overall, it was a very fast paced time, with much campaigning for individual candidates, from the moment I checked into the hotel, right up to the last vote. We had 30 candidates running for 6 positions, and they all had their own campaigns, with supporters and surrogates. I personally spoke with all the candidates and many of the surrogates, including Howard Dean, Bill DeBlasio, Janet Napolitano (by phone), and many others. While competition was high, everything from my view was very amicable, aside from a few overzealous supporters.

Relative to the Chair’s race, we had 9 candidates, but of course, the real race was between Perez and Ellison. As campaigning reached a fever pitch and candidates were whipping votes and assessing their support, several dropped out before voting began, including Jaime Harrison, Pete Buttigieg, and Ray Buckley. This spurred a renewed effort on behalf of Ellison and Perez to secure votes from the supporters of those former candidates. Some new endorsements ensued, with Harrison endorsing Perez, and Buckley endorsing Ellison.

Prior to the first ballot, speeches were given and the excitement in the hall increased. Now came the first ballot vote. For those who might be curious, I cast my vote for Ellison. As ballots were being counted, campaigning continued for possible pickups in second ballot voting. To win, a candidate must have 50% +1 of the ballots cast, so the winning number on the first ballot needed to be 214.5 votes (the half votes came from Democrats Abroad). Then came the results: Perez (213.5); Ellison, (199); Brown (12); Buttigieg (1); Green (.5). Since Tom Perez was only 1 vote short of winning outright, it became clear to me, and I’m sure to others, that he would be elected in the second round, which is what ended up happening.

I must say here that I’ve been tremendously impressed by Perez and I believe he’ll be a wonderful Chair. These feeling were confirmed for me when, during his acceptance speech, the first thing he did was to appoint Ellison as Deputy Chair of the DNC. Both Keith and Tom joined together to great applause.

I won’t go into everything which happened in the other elections, except to give you the results. Vice Chairs, Michael Blake and Maria Elena Durazo . Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation, Karen Carter Peterson. Secretary, Jason Rae. Treasurer, William Derrough. National Finance Chair, Henry Munoz III.

I do have some final observations that I came away with. First, we have a younger group of officers than I believe we have had, and I see this as being very promising. Also, there really was a coming together of everyone during and after this process. Some outside the DNC had tried to hype up divisions and differences, but really there was great agreement about what needs to be done. And most importantly, a realization by all that we must be unified.

In closing, I feel so very privileged to have had this opportunity. It was a wonderful experience!

Drum Roll: Eleanor Roosevelt Award Nominees!

The Eleanor Roosevelt Award recognizes Democrats who have demonstrated Democratic values in their service to the community.  Past honorees have included Sue Strobel, Patrice Horstman, Bill Auberle, Coral Evans, Kerry Blume, Alex Vernon, Jean Perpich, Mary McKell, and Linda Hall.

This year's award winner will be announced at the Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner on March 25. The nominees for this year's award are:
Robert Bruenig

Karen Enyedy

Frank Garcia

Patty Garcia

Robert Kelty
Dr. Steven Nuno

Beth Otterstein

Steve Peru

Lori Poloni-Staudinger

Eva Putzova

Gene Westerhaus

RK DinnerPlease join us for our 17th Annual Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner Inspiring speakers will address this year's theme:
"Defending Democracy."

5:30 pm, March 25, 2017, at the Doubletree By Hilton, 1175 W. Route, Flagstaff. (Cash Bar)

Buy your tickets using our new, secure ActBlue account.

Speakers:  Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans, LD-7 Senator Jamescita Peshlakai, Congressman Tom O'Halleran and  Col. (Ret.) Holly Lyon, who is Senior Vice-Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party.

Proceeds from ticket sales telephonic auction support operations of the Coconino County Democratic Party (AZ), including grassroots organizing, keeping the office open, and paying the salary of our cracker-jack employee. We don't get money from big corporations. We need your help. If you can't attend the dinner, please consider making a donation that fits your budget: Donate or become a Monthly Donor.

We have some truly fabulous auction items: The Cottage Place may have been sold, but attendees will have the chance to bid on a Dinner for Four prepared by Frank Branham and served at the home of Nancy and Frank Branham with wine pairings from the restaurant. Just want the wine? Nancy and Frank have also given a wine basket from The Cottage Place cellar. Jim and Helene Babbitt have donated a gorgeous Pendleton blanket. We also have an Italian dinner for six in Oak Creek by Louise Hublitz and a Chai Tea (High tea with an Indian spin) at Anita and Don Howard's.  

We have some guided hikes/picnics on the auction:  Bea Cooley, Evelyn Billo and Robert Mark in Picture Canyon; Eric Sounders with Llamas also in Picture Canyon; and Bryan Bates with a choice of sites. Want a more relaxing get-away? Think overnight at La Posada! We've got that, too.

We have beef from Many Metger's ranch and garden vegetables from Kathy Deasy and gift certificates from several of Flagstaff's fine restaurants and tokens for the Community Market. Some lovely hand-painted scarves from Northern View Studios as well as numerous hand-crafted articles of clothing and jewelry. And, a fully-furnished antique doll house!  

RSVP by ordering your tickets online or call Charlie Burgin at Headquarters. Questions? Please email or call 928-214-0393. If you purchase a Table for 8 (thank you!), please call the office to give us the names of your guests. Of course, you can also stop by headquarters or mail us a check at POB 701, Flagstaff, AZ 86002. 

Details About Upcoming Events

The sidebar list of Upcoming Events includes everything scheduled by the Party. In addition to these events, we are posting events organized by other groups on our website calendar and on our Facebook Page when those events promote the Mission and Agenda of our party or would be of interest to our party members. To have an event included in our calendars, please contact Charlie Burgin, Operations Manager, at or Ann Heitland, Communications Chair, at  These are details on events of the Coconino County Democratic Party:

Thursday, March 15, 5:30 p.m. at Headquarters: Pam Stinson-Tattersall and Ann Heitland will lead a workshop on using Twitter and Facebook for political action.

Thursday, March 16, 11:30, at Cuvee:  Democratic Political Action! will meet to hear from  Randy Wilson, Editor of the Arizona Daily Sun, who will speak on journalism in the Trump Era. Democratic Political Action! meets monthly to discuss topics of current interest. The gathering is open to all Democrats and like-minded Independents.

Friday, March 17: Dems Deliver is a monthly food collection program. This is the day collections are made. Contact Sue Strobel at home at 526-5156 or cell 699-1966. Sue's email is

Saturday, March 25, 5:30 pm at Doubletree by Hilton: The Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner. See feature article above.

Wednesday, April 5 at Flagstaff Family Food Center: Dems work here every month on first Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:45 pm, serving meals prepared by the great cooks at the Center.  
  • Located at 1903 N. 2nd, it's just across from La Fonda Mexican Restaurant.
  • Please volunteer- It's a great experience in "giving back".  To get involved, call or email Sue Strobel at home at 526-5156 or cell 699-1966. Sue's email is

Monday, April 10, 5:15 pm: Executive Board Meeting.

Saturday, April 15 at the Federated Church (corner of Aspen and Sitgreaves): Our Monthly Precinct Committee Meeting will include the Quarterly Business Meeting required by the County Party By-Laws. The Executive Committee will report to the full Precinct Committee membership (aka, The Central Committee). We will have sign-making materials available and will adjourn in time for everyone to make it to the "Show Us Your Taxes Rally," sponsored by Together We Will Northern Arizona, which begins at 12:30 at City Hall.

Thursday, April 20, 11:30 am at Cuvee:  Democratic Political Action!  Speaker will be David Garcia, Associate Professor at ASU and 2014 Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Friday, April 21: Dems Deliver Food Drive -- see above at March 17.

Monday, May 8, 5:15 pm: Executive Board Meeting

Saturday, May 13, 10 am at NACET:  Monthly PC Meeting  We expect to schedule a speaker to address healthcare.

August 19: Quarterly PC Meeting and Monsoon Picnic -- Save the Date. It will rain. It always does. But we have a ramada reserved!

Communications Corner

"I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends, that if they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." - Adlai Stevenson

May have worked in 1952, but we need to keep spreading the truth about the new Republican Party.

If you missed the March 11 PC meeting, we have handouts available at party headquarters -- stop by or write to me and I will send you the PDF files by email.  

As always, responsibility for errors herein lies with me:
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