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.


We've endured no representation for multiple election cycles. If ever there was a time to get involved, the time is now. Fortunately, we have fantastic candidates up and down the ballot who are committed to fighting for Arizonans and help reverse the years of Republican-led harm to our public education, voting rights, equality rights, women's rights, and environment.

Join us and our outstanding LD 17 Democratic candidates, Jennifer Pawlik and Steve Weichert, in getting involved. We have daily opportunities to canvass, phone bank, and volunteer between now and election day. Don't just get mad and frustrated; do something! Make a pledge and commit to doing something every week. November 6th is right around the corner.


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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 by clicking here.

Labor Day Recognition

And finally, with the celebration of Labor Day, the LD 17 Democrats recognize the IBEW Local Union #769 which graciously allow us the use of its union hall. We strongly support unions and all they do to represent the best of America's workforce in driving workplace safety, employee rights and equity. THANK YOU IBEW LOCAL UNION 769!

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.

Speaker: Joel Edman, Executive Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, will address the propositions and initiatives on Nov. 6 ballot.

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 Sept. 10.

Speaker: Joel Edman, Executive Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, will address the propositions and initiatives on Nov. 6 ballot.

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. The club donated 89 pounds of food and $30 cash for July. The totals for 2018, so far, are 711 pounds of food and $227 cash. 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.

LD17 Campaign Office


We need you! Here's the Sept. canvass schedule. To phone bank, office hours are: M-F, 10-7; Sat, 9-5; and Sun, 10-5.

Mark Your Calendar

  • MCDP Summer Get Out the Vote - Unite for the Fight Event - being held in LD 17! The event will be Saturday, Sept. 15 from 2pm- 5pm at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Register here. Let's have a great showing for LD 17! If you wish to volunteer at the event, contact Jacob Schmitt at:
  • LD Meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 2
  • SL Meeting, Monday, Oct. 8

August Highlights

Moms Demand Action Phone Bankers
Members of the East Valley chapter of Arizona Moms Demand Action phone bank for our LD candidates Steve Weichert and Jennifer Pawlik.


Joan Jose Debate
We hosted a debate between CD5 Dem candidates Joan Greene and Jose Torres. Joan went on to win the primary.


Stanton Canvass
Thanks to the many volunteers who turned out for joint canvass with CD9 Dem candidate Greg Stanton. Greg ran opposed in the primary.

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