August 2018 Newsletter

Competition Is Good, but Remember Who Our Real Opponent Is

If you're like me, you are inundated with phone calls, texts, social media posts and mailings asking for support for the many candidates running for office this election cycle. Getting to know candidates is important; it helps you decide which person will best represent you and your interests.
In some of our races (particularly the statewide and congressional races), we have multiple candidates running in the primary. It's exciting to see so many step up to run and you should support the candidates.
Spending your precious time, money and energy are great ways of demonstrating your commitment to getting that individual elected. Many of you post on Facebook or Twitter about who you are or aren't supporting. And sharing your opinions help educate other voters.  

However, we can still support our candidate without being negative about the other primary candidate. Let's not give our opponents material to use when the general election happens.

Instead, talk about what excites you about your candidate. 

For instance:

  • How does your candidate stand on issues of concern to you?  
  • What separates your candidate from the other primary candidate?  
  • What experience will he or she bring to the office? 

The Real Opponent

When it comes to political primaries, let's remember who the real opponent is. When all is said and done, the primary election sets who represents our party and the general election determines the winner of the seat. 
Our opponent is the individual from the other party running in the general election. There's no surer way of losing the general election than by bashing members of our own party. 
The Democratic Party is diverse, inclusive and compassionate. Let's demonstrate those qualities with each other during this primary election. Fighting for your candidate is admirable; fighting for the bigger picture (the win in November) is imperative! 

One More Ask

With the primary election this month and general just months away: I'm hoping you are taking time to volunteer, call or canvass from our LD 17 Democrats Office (see below). Please stop by; it is the one-stop shop for all things Democrat in LD 17.  We offer lots of ways to get involved and our volunteers have done a fantastic job setting up and decorating the space (thank you!).
To keep the office running and to maintain the supply of brochures and other information necessary for our district, your financial support is vital. You can donate online here.
With deep appreciation -
Jacob Schmitt
Chair, LD 17 Democrats

Calendar of Events


Meetings begin at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) The meeting is held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 769 Union Hall, 220 N. William Dillard Dr., Gilbert  85233. Next meeting is Aug. 7.

  • Kiana Sears, candidate for AZ Corp Comm
  • Heather Macre, candidate for CAP board
  • Brittany Macpherson, #Fight4HER campaign

Sun Lakes Dems

Meetings begins at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Sun Lakes Country Club (25601 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N.), Navajo Room. Next meeting is Aug. 13.


  • Kiana Sears, candidate for AZ Corp Comm
  • David Schapira, candidate for SSIP
  • Heather Macre, CAP board 

The Sun Lakes Democratic Club collects non-perishable food items for Matthew's Crossing Food Bank. Please bring your tax-deductible contributions to the Drop Off Area in the west parking lot from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ask for a receipt. We appreciate all you do. 

Canvassing and Phone Banking

Our campaign office is open daily at
1450 W. Warner Road, Ste. 124, in Gilbert (next to Goodwill).
Meet here for phone banking and to begin canvasses. 

We need you! Here's the August canvass schedule:

To phone bank, office hours are: M-F, 10-7; Sat, 9-5; and Sun, 10-5.

Mark Your Calendar

LD17 Dems - Summer PC Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 22,  6:30pm, 220 N. William Dillard Dr., Gilbert. Recommended for all current and newly elected PCs, and open to any others who are interested in attending! 

Election Ballots: Mail by Wednesday Aug, 22 or vote in person on Tuesday, Aug. 28  

LD Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 4

SL Meeting, Monday, Sept. 10

MCDP Summer Unity Event - being held in LD 17!! Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 15. It will be held in the evening at the Chandler Center for the Arts. More information will be sent soon and we'll need volunteers.


July Highlights


Mark Manoil, Democratic candidate for state Treasurer, addresses our July meeting. He says we should invest some of our resources in our own community, rather than entrust everything to Wall Street.


Thanks to the many volunteers who braved July temps to canvass our neighborhoods. Check out the August schedule above. 

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