Next meeting

Congressional District 6 candidate Kirsten Engel;
Corporation Commission candidates Sandra Kennedy and Lauren Kuby;
Treasurer candidate Martín Quezada;
Representative Domingo DeGrazia

Saturday, August 13, 2022
10:00am to 11:00am
Zoom link (no registration required): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89441947790?pwd=R2IwV0xxUVkrRjYvYzBQVVB6UXNLZz09

The August meeting of the Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club will feature a number of our Democratic candidates, plus a report on the legislative session from Rep. Domingo DeGrazia.

Kirsten Engel

Kirsten is the Democratic nominee for Congressional District 6. She is a mom, an environmental attorney, and a state legislator who has spent the past five years fighting to restore funding to public schools, protect Arizona’s natural resources, and make our communities safer. She’s ready to take that fight to Washington to find common-sense solutions to the challenges we’re facing here in Arizona’s Sixth Congressional District.

Kirsten learned at an early age the importance of giving back to her community and protecting our resources for generations to come.

Sandra Kennedy

Sandra started her public service when she was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in November 1986, where she served for six years. During her tenure as a House member, she co-authored and introduced with fellow member Patty Nolan Arizona’s first Domestic Violence Bill. She found that by working across the aisle many issues could be addressed with bi-partisan support. In 1992 she ran successfully to represent her district in the Arizona State Senate, where she served for three terms. Some of her accomplishments include: sponsoring legislation that was signed into law regarding domestic violence shelters, foster care placement, pre-natal care education funding, and city powers regarding fair housing.

Sandra was first elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008 on a platform of promoting solar energy in Arizona, and as a fierce consumer advocate. She is the first and only African American in Arizona to hold statewide office and the first African American statewide elected official west of the Mississippi.

Lauren Kuby

Lauren is a two-term council member and former vice mayor of Tempe. She has spent her career standing up to special interests and fighting for consumer, environmental, and worker protections in Arizona. She is a sustainability scientist at Arizona State University and a recognized national champion for climate action and clean energy.

As a council member, Lauren spearheaded a Tempe ballot initiative to drive dark money out of politics, and created the Tempe Sustainability Commission, which empowers residents to have a say in their city’s climate policy. She also championed the creation of the Tempe Family Justice Commission to promote access to just and safe avenues of care for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. As a result of her work with community members Tempe leads the state in climate action-planning and bold, empathetic justice for families and people of all genders.

Lauren has a master’s degree in public history from ASU and a BA from the University of Chicago, where she met her husband Mike, an ASU geographer. Together they are raising six dogs and two daughters in Tempe.

Martin Quezada

Martin has been a community activist for his entire adult life and has served on numerous boards and commissions in the community.

As a first generation college student, Martín earned degrees from Glendale Community College and Arizona State University West. He also earned his juris doctorate degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Martín was appointed to the Arizona State House of Representatives to represent the people of Legislative District 13 in March, 2012. He has continued to serve in the State Legislature as a Senator.

Martín is now running for Arizona State Treasurer to continue fighting for the people and our Arizona values. When elected he will ensure that the management of Arizona’s taxpayer dollars reflect the values of the people he serves, rather than a few narrow special interests.

Domingo DeGrazia

Domingo is the current Representative in Legislative District 10. He is the youngest son of the artist Ted DeGrazia, whose family has lived in Arizona more than 100 years.

Domingo grew up in Tucson, attended Tucson public schools and Pima College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace studies from Embry-Riddle in Prescott, a master’s degree in aeronautical science, and a law degree from OCU in Oklahoma.

Working with families in the Arizona foster care system, Domingo has more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney in juvenile court and several years handling appeals. Domingo is licensed to practice law in Arizona and admitted to practice in state courts, Federal District court and the Tohono O’odham Nation judicial courts.

A supporter of the arts, Domingo has been a performing musician and song writer for 30 years. In 2015 he was inducted into the Tucson Musician’s Museum.

The Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club presents speakers of interest to Democratic voters on the second Saturday of every month.

To join the Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club please email your name, address, telephone number and email address to Beth Isabelle (bethisabelle@gmail.com)

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