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.

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