Hughes partnership adds $14,700 to Friends of the Library budget

The Friends of the Pima-Green Valley Library partnered with Hughes Federal Credit Union this year, adding $14,700 to its program coffer.

All the Friends had to do was open a $50 savings account, Carol Bates-Smith said, treasurer of the club. 

When Hughes issued a car loan, the patron could purchase a year-long Friends membership for only $10. From January through February, the Friends of Green Valley collected all of the proceeds. Since March, the local group still gets between $20 and $80 each month, Bates-Smith said.

Striking a partnership with the Friends is simply part of the National Credit Union philosophy of “people helping people,” Dani Gomez said, marketing manager at Hughes.

They have partnered with multiple Friends’ branches for more than 20 years, including in Oro Valley, Pima County and now Green Valley, she said.

“Hughes offers this program as a way for people to gain membership to our credit union and give back to the communities we serve,” Gomez said.

Read the entire Green Valley News article here. Originally published on June 17, 2018.

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CD2 GOP candidates square off; Arpaio asked to bow out of Senate race

Nearly 100 people packed American Legion Post 66 in Sahuarita on Thursday to hear two of the four candidates running for the GOP nomination in Congressional District 2.

They also heard from former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was asked by one person in the audience to abandon his bid for U.S. Senate “for the sake of conservatism.”

Brandon Martin of Sierra Vista and Danny “DJ” Morales of Douglas agreed in principle on every issue, from immigration to the national debt, but offered different approaches to address them.

Candidates Casey Welch and Lea Marquez Peterson did not attend Thursday’s event, sponsored by the Republican Club of Green Valley/Sahuarita, and moderated by Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun editor Dan Shearer. The seat is currently held by Rep. Martha McSally, who is running for the Senate.

Martin said his top priorities are border security, national security and federal government overreach, specifically as it relates to the national debt.

He championed President Donald Trump’s efforts to curb regulations and place American interests first.

“Now we’re under attack from the left,” he said.

Morales said his experience in local and regional politics gives him a leg up, as does being born and raised in the district.

“I look forward to representing you, fighting for you, because you are my family,” Morales said.

He was elected to the Douglas City Council in March 2016; six months later he was appointed vice mayor. He resigned in February to focus on the congressional race.

He said he’s ready for Washington and looks forward to fighting for local interests, limiting government and promoting free and fair trade.

Read the entire Green Valley News article here. Originally published on June 7, 2018.

Ready for the race: Southern Arizona political groups gear up for midterms

As the midterm elections loom, local Republican and Democratic headquarters are hosting guest lectures, helping candidates strategize and fielding walk-in questions about state and national politics.

Both groups are expecting foot traffic to slow during the summer. However, by mid-August the clubs will be in full swing, especially following the primary election Aug. 28. Here’s a snapshot of the goings on at the Republican Club of Green Valley/Sahuarita and the Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area.

The Republicans

Robert “Bobby” Wilson pitches his proposal for eliminating property taxes to a small but engaged crowd at the Republican Club of Green Valley/Sahuarita. He’s been here before, and he’ll return a handful of times before the midterm elections are over.

The weekly Brown Bag Luncheon attracts 11 people, this week, two of whom capture video clips with their cell phones.

Wilson is running for state Senate in Legislative District 2 against incumbent Democrat Andrea Dalessandro. He anticipates the campaign trail will be arduous, but assured the audience he’s been through worse.

“Bring it on,” he told them.

The Democrats

Throughout the year, the Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area works with political groups, hosting guest speakers and helping candidates vying for office.

They don’t do it alone. Club president Dean Chaussee says partners include the Pima County Democratic Party based in Tucson; alliance4action, a local activist group focused on progressive issues; the Democratic Club of Quail Creek, a discussion group, charitable organization and political canvassing proponent for Democratic candidates; and the Santa Cruz Democratic Party.

“We’ve been trying to work closely with these groups, so when we bring speakers in, Democratic speakers, everybody gets a chance to see and hear them,” Chaussee says.

Read the entire Green Valley News article here. Originally published on May 30, 2018.