My September update to constituents featured my Legislative Report card, which I expanded on
in this blog post.
Since September was so full of events, I decided to publish the update in two parts. This is the fun part– the photo album of events.
Labor Day Picnic
Despite the sweltering heat, Jim and I had a great time at the Labor Day Picnic. We collected a lot of Clean Elections $5 donations and signatures. Here I am with LD9 chair Michael Dues.
Women candidates, activists, and electeds were everywhere on Labor Day. Left to right we have: Linda Lyon (Blog for Arizona blogger and education activist), LD11 House candidate Holly Lyon, me, CD2 candidate Mary Matiella, and TUSD board member Kristal Foster.
My shady tent was very popular. Here I am with LD9 Senate candidate Victoria Steele and Attorney General candidate and Emerge Sister January Contreras.
Local First Arizona Living Economy Forum
The Living Economy event was very informative; we had a great time hob-nobbing. My husband Jim is a small business owner and a member of Local First Arizona. I have owned two small businesses in the past– Powers/Queen Associates and Wind Dancer Design. We support Local First Arizona and buying/investing locally. We believe that supporting local small businesses with low-interest loans through a public/private partnership between a public bank and community banks and credit unions is the sustainable route to improving our local economy. Trickle down economics doesn’t work; it’s time for new ideas. (The photo at the top of the page shows me with Southern Arizona Local First Executive Director Michael Peel.)
Flowing Wells Junior High ‘Take Your Legislator to School Day’
Seventh grade English teacher Wendy Nogami (second from right) invited me to shadow her for a day at Flowing Wells Junior High in LD9. Besides shadowing Wendy and touring the school, I had the opportunity to meet with Principal Chad Miller (above), board members, teachers and parents. I had a delightful experience, thanks to Wendy, Principal Miller, the rest of the staff and the students. I was very impressed with FWJH. Go, Mustangs. I am open to other field trips, BTW.
Morning announcements have changed since I went to junior high. The boy in the foreground is using Adobe Premiere to edit the video that other students (outside the frame) are recording. Premiere is a incredibly complicated program. It took me a year to learn it, and I’m finding out new things every day. Very impressive.
Tour of Carpenters’ Union Southwest Training Facility
Along with several other Legislators, I toured the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Training Facility in Phoenix in September. Wow! This complex of classrooms and hands-on training areas was very impressive. Above is a full size wooden structure that teaches carpenters how to build the concrete form for a freeway approach.
Democrats of Greater Tucson Award Luncheon
Jim and I sat at the LD9 table at the Democrats of Greater Tucson Award Luncheon honoring our good friends Elaine and Bob Clark (not pictured). We allowed CD2 candidate Bruce Wheeler to photo bomb our group shot.
Hometown boy and gubernatorial candidate LD9 Senator Steve Farley was the keynote speaker at the DGT Luncheon. It was a packed house– even David Garcia, the other Democrat running for governor was there. My guess is that around 200 people attended.
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