OCT 2020 #1 - Proposition Alphabet Soup


Proposition Alphabet Soup

In less than a week, those of us who are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) will begin to receive our ballots with this historic election.  All races are important, but this week’s newsletter focusses on two of the lesser known Propositions 444 for our Phoenix residents of LD20 and Proposition 449 for all LD20 residents.

Proposition 444 – This proposition, also known as “home rule” will renew the city’s alternate expenditure limit for another four years.  For nearly four decades, Phoenix voters have passed similar home rule propositions, choosing to control spending at the local level rather than accepting limits imposed by the state.  There is no impact to your taxes.

Proposition 449 – This Proposition authorizes the continuation of a secondary property tax levy for the benefit of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District for twenty years.  This levy helps fund our public teaching hospital, the AZ Burn Center, three behavioral health hospitals, and 12 family health centers.  Valleywise Health serves the needs of anyone who comes through its doors.  Its mission is to “provide exceptional care, without exception, to every patient, every time.”  The tax is estimated at $38/year on a home assessed at $200,000 or $0.1843 per $100 of assessed property valuation.

To find out more about all of the Propositions on this year’s ballot, visit:

Speakers representing Prop 444 and 449 are expected to attend LD20’s October monthly meeting.


Canvass from Your Couch for our LD20 Legislative candidates!

Tell the world (okay, maybe just LD20 voters) about our LD20 Legislative Candidates from the comfort of your own home.  What’s a phone bank? What’s a canvass?  What if I’ve never made a call?  LD20’s Field Organizer Extraordinaire will get you started. Simply sign-up for the training ahead of time.  Visit: https://www.mobilize.us/arizonald20/or contact Mary Fortney at [email protected], if interested.

Yard Signs for our LD20 Legislative candidates!

Get your very own set of yard signs which you can proudly display on your front yard or along your patio balcony at any time. Contact Mary Fortney at [email protected] and have it delivered to your front door! Dog not included.

Do you like making signs? Want to show your support of Black Lives Matter?

We are in need of some volunteers who would like to make signs which will be used for our Oct 17th BLM/Vote car caravan. Release your inner creativity during this fun event. We will supply the materials, you just have to supply the manpower. Please contact LD20’s Dems Give Back Committee Chairperson: Chris Gehlker at 602-370-0128 or [email protected] to find out more.  

Be a poll observer – help preserve Democracy!

Maricopa County Democratic Party (MCDP) is looking for volunteers who can help out at the polls by being a Poll Observer.  Your role would be to observe the activities at the polls and report back any incidents of voter intimidation.  It’s imperative that everyone who wants to vote, be able to vote and not feel threatened by anyone.  MCDP will provide training.  This year, more than ever, this activity will be critical to preserve our democracy.  If you can help out, please sign-up at: www.azdem.org/pollobserver


10/02 – First-Time Voters Town Hall – 5-6pm.  Is this your first-time voting?  Congratulations because you’re going to be casting your vote in the most important election of this century!  Are you confused about what to do?  Understand the facts and myths about the voting process. Do you understand what’s on your ballot?  Don’t worry because all questions are fair game and will be answered.  Joining us will be Maricopa County Recorder: Adrian Fontes, current LD26 Representative Athena Salman and our LD20 candidates: Doug Ervin for State Senate and Judy Schwiebert for State House. If you will be 18 on or before November 3rd, join us and register to vote. Share with your friends! Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/arizonald20/event/329864/ 

10/03 – League of Women Voters – County Debate and Forum Series – 2pm – Listen to the candidates for the Maricopa Community College Governing Board.  All candidates invited.  Register HERE

10/03 & 10/04 – Get your walking shoes ready for week two of some no-door knocking and contactless lit drops for our LD20 candidates. This time we will be launching from Cactus Park – 3801 W Cactus Rd.  Shifts are 7am-10am, 10am-1pm, 3pm-6pm (Sat) or 2pm-5pm (Sun).  Sign-up for any number of shifts at: https://www.mobilize.us/arizonald20/event/318829/   

10/04 – League of Women Voters – County Debate and Forum Series – 2pm – Listen to the candidates for the Maricopa County Recorder.  All candidates invited.  Register HERE

10/04 – LD20 Candidate Meet and Greet while maintaining social distancing – 5-6pm – Cactus Park

10/05 – Last day to register to vote! Will you be turning 18 before November 3rd? Request to vote by mail by signing up for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL). Don’t miss this historic election! Sign-up at: www.servicearizona.com before 5pm

10/07 – Ballots Mailed / Start of early voting. Track your ballot if you opt to vote by mail by texting “JOIN” to 628-683.  In fact, if you want to vote in person, there’s a Vote Center located in LD20 at Bell Town Center (29th Ave and Bell).

10/07 – Vice Presidential Debate at University of Utah, moderated by USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page

10/08 – Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris will be campaigning in AZ together.  

10/11 – League of Women Voters – County Debate and Forum Series – 2pm – Listen to the candidates for the Maricopa Community Board of Supervisors.  All candidates invited.  Register HERE

10/15 – Second Presidential Town Hall Debate in Miami, FL, moderated by Steve Scully of C-SPAN.  Time will tell if the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) who released a statement saying it will consider changes to the debate format will in fact be able to make changes.

10/17 – Black Lives Matter / Vote Car Caravan – 3:30-5pm – Reserve this date and time in your calendar for our next BLM / Vote Caravan. Bring your own sign or use one pre-made by volunteers. We’ll tape signs on our cars before the caravan from 3:30-3:55pm. Caravan starts promptly at 4pm. We will be leaving from the MetroCenter library (Cholla) and traveling through Phoenix and Glendale. For more information, contact Chris Gehlker at 602-370-0128 or [email protected]

10/20 – LD20 Monthly meeting – 7-8:30pm – see below for details

10/22 - Third Presidential Debate at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker

10/23 – Last day to request a ballot by Mail!

10/27 – Absolute last day to mail in your ballot!

11/03 – Election Day. Lyft will be offering discounted rides to the polls on Election Day.




LD20 Candidates

LD-20's candidates for the Senate (Doug Ervin) and House (Judy Schwiebert) have web sites with very important information (www.ErvinForAZ.com and www.JudyForAZ.com).

Sign-up online to help out with their campaign.

Training Opportunity

What’s a miniVAN? The miniVAN is a smartphone application which enables you to record your activity at an address.  We will be using this application to keep track of the literature being dropped at a door.  If you want to learn more about the miniVAN application visit: https://vimeo.com/293011493


7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


We’re just beginning to work out the details for our Oct 20th monthly meeting.

This month’s meeting will be a little different than the others where we will conduct all of our business part of the meeting at the beginning and the rest of our meeting will be dedicated to the candidates on the ballot.  We’ll hear from our next LD20 House and Senate representatives: Judy Schwiebert and Doug Ervin.  Find out how we can flip our state legislature as the LD20 House and Senate are two of the key notable races this cycle.  Do your part and be informed and get involved.


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