October 2018 Newsletter

This Is It!

For months - you've heard me, other party leadership and the candidates plead with you to get involved and do more to help ensure that we elect like-minded Democrats to office this fall. Fall is officially here. This is truly IT!

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, but actually a majority of individuals vote by mail, and those ballots go out on Wednesday, Oct. 10. So if you haven't been able to canvass, call, write or talk to your neighbors, the time to do so is NOW!!

Fortunately, we have fantastic candidates fighting to represent LD 17: Jennifer Pawlik for AZ House and Steve Weichert for AZ Senate.

Regardless of a person's political persuasion, it is easy to point out how votes for Pawlik and Weichert are far better choices than their opponents on any number of issues, from education, healthcare, equal rights and protections, to responsible and transparent government, to supporting Arizona families.

We require all hands-on deck to help ensure that we get people to vote. To that end, we ask you to:

  • canvass (walkers and drivers, new and seasoned needed) - to help us outreach to voters, talking with them about the candidates and encouraging them to turn in their ballot or vote in person;
  • phone bank and text - providing voters with information about the candidates, their polling sites, etc.; and
  • volunteer at the office - organizing packets, answering questions, and providing support to the district and campaigns.

We thank the many individuals who have stepped up to help, some for the very first time. We have to keep that momentum, that involvement, and expand it if we want to be successful this election. Your help, even one day a week, will have an impact on us winning this election. We cannot afford to look back on Nov. 7 and think about what we could have done.

Stay informed

Continue to get updates on how you can get involved from:

  • The website you are looking at right now!
  • Our Facebook page
  • Twitter - @LD17Democrats
  • Or stop by our LD 17 Campaign Office:
    1450 W Warner Rd., Ste. 124, Gilbert
    You can also help us keep the office running and maintain the supplies of brochures and other information necessary for our district. You can donate online here and click on the "Donate" button.

With deep appreciation -
Jacob Schmitt
Chair, LD 17 Democrats


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September 2018 Newsletter

Make a Pledge, Take Action Now!

The primary is now over, and the Democratic nominees for offices up and down the ballot have been identified. Final analysis is still ongoing, but we can report that numbers are up: more people voted in this primary than the last, and that's encouraging. However, we can't become complacent because our opponents still have more people voting than we do.

We know that the majority of Americans and Arizonans support Democratic values and positions. The struggle is that, in order to get those values and positions put into place, we must elect Democrats. To do that, we have to get out the vote.

In addition to the primary, we also saw what happens when we don't elect Democrats into office. The Arizona Supreme Court has removed two voter initiatives from the ballot. This unexpected move painfully reminds us:

  • If we had a Democratic-controlled Legislature, we wouldn't need to expend the hard work and effort necessary to get initiatives on the ballot, because our elected officials would already be representing our interests
  • If we had a Democratic governor, we wouldn't have to worry about proper funding for education and leadership to move legislation to eliminate dark money from politics
  • If we had Democrats in power, we wouldn't have had an unnecessary change to our Supreme Court that added two more justices to the court (who just happened to be ultra-conservative judges appointed by the Republican Governor of Arizona)
  • If we had Democrats in power, we wouldn't have had bills passed that effectively removed the ability of citizens to drive and support initiatives in Arizona.


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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.

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July 2018 Meeting (Passed)


  • Jennifer Pawlik
    Candidate for Arizona State House

  • Steve Weichert
    Candidate for Arizona State Senate


Other Updates

Democratic News

  • 7/4 – LD 17 Democrats and LD 17 Democratic Candidates Independence Day Celebration!!
    3:00 – 5:30PM, LD 17 Democrats’ Campaign Office – 1450 W Warner Rd., Ste. 124, Gilbert

  • 7/9 – Sun Lakes Democratic Club – 7:00 PM, Sun Lakes Country Club, Sun Lakes, 85248.
    • Matt Orlando – Candidate for Chandler City Council
    • Isabel Hiserodt – March for
      Our Lives

  • 8/22 - LD 17 Democrats Summer PC Meeting – 6:30 PM – IBEW Local 769 Union Hall.
    Highly recommended for all PCs and open to anyone interested in learning more.

  • 8/7 – LD 17 Democrat Meeting, 7 PM, IBEW Local 769 Union Hall.

June Canvasses:

Thursday, July 5 – 5:00 PM
Saturday, July 7 – 9:00 AM
Sunday, July 8 – 10:00 AM
Tuesday, July 10 – 9:30 AM
Thursday, July 12 – 5:00 PM
Friday, July 13 – 10:00 AM
Saturday, July 14 – 9:00 AM
Sunday, July 15 – 10:00 AM
Monday, July 16 – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, July 17 – 9:30 AM
Wednesday, July 18 – 5:00 PM
Friday, July 20 – 9:30 AM
Sunday, July 22 – 10:00 AM
Monday, July 23 – 9:30 AM
Tuesday, July 24 – 5:00 PM
Thursday, July 26 – 5:00 PM
Friday, July 27 – 9:30 AM
Saturday, July 28 – 10:00 AM

June 2018 Meeting (Passed)


Petition Updates

Other Updates

  • Back to School Backpack Drive
  • Updates from Candidates (or their representatives)
  • Young Dems Updates
  • 2019/2020 PC Election Updates
  • LD 17 Democrats Office Update


Democratic News

  • 6/30 – Maricopa County Democratic Party – Summer Conventions
    12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Horizon High School, Scottsdale  
  • 6/11 – Sun Lakes Democratic Club
    7:00 PM
    Sun Lakes Country Club, Sun Lakes, 85248
    Speakers – Kathy Hoffman – Candidate for the Democratic Nomination for AZ Supt. of Public Instruction; Brittany Macpherson – #Fight4HER campaign; William Crawford, Candidate for the Chandler City Council


June Canvasses:

Thursday, June 7, 5:30 PM

Sunday, June 10, 10:00 AM

Wednesday, June 13, 5:30 PM

Thursday, June 14, 5:30 PM

Saturday, June 16, 9:00 AM

Monday, June 18, 5:30 PM

Friday, June 22, 10:00 AM

Sunday, June 24, 10:00 AM

Monday, June 25, 10:00 AM

Thursday, June 28, 5:30 PM

News, Info, and Upcoming

Here are some of the announcements and coming events to mark on your calendar.

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LD17 Fundraiser with MCDP at The Perch on April 10th

Mark your calendars! There is a fundraiser with the Maricopa County Democratic Party on April 10th, 2018 at 6pm at The Perch Brewery

RSVP via the link inside "Read More" 

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March 2018 News

Here are some of the announcements and some of the coming events to mark on your calendar.

Congratulations to Ajlan Kurdoglu for being elected the new LD17 Treasurer! 

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July News

The election season will be heating up this month with the National Conventions of each party. It is also the country's birthday!  So don't sit on the sidelines over the next 30 days. Take part in our great democracy be lending your voice and hands to what makes this country so wonderful.


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June News

For Arizona Democrats this year's election could not be more exciting!  For the first time in a long time, we are going to have Democratic candidates for almost every office listed on the ballot in Maricopa County. 


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