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New endorsements: NOW and Sierra Club

I’m proud to announce endorsements from the National Organization for Women Arizona PAC, and from Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter. I thank NOW for recognizing my commitment to core issues such as reproductive justice, economic justice, racial justice, and an end to violence and discrimination against women. I think Sierra Club for recognizing my passion for preserving and protecting the natural environment.

New Video: UNSAFE for Pima County

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How do we measure Steve Christy in this time of challenge and controversy?

After Governor Ducey’s shutdown order expired on May 15, the Board of Supervisors voted on regulations drafted by a panel of local business and civic leaders to ensure Pima County businesses could reopen safely.

Christy voted NO. He said Ducey’s orders were sufficient to ensure our safety.

When it became clear toward the end of June that Arizona was experiencing an unprecedented new surge of Covid-19 cases, some members of the Board wrote to Ducey, imploring him to allow counties to set their own facemask regulations.

Christy’s name was absent.

When the governor relented and the Board was able to vote on requiring facemasks throughout Pima County in order to slow the spread of the disease, Christy again voted NO.

STEVE CHRISTY:
UNSAFE FOR PIMA COUNTY

Online events, weekend of June 27 & 28

I’m holding three online “Meet the Candidate” events this weekend on Zoom. Each meeting will last one hour. There will be an opportunity to ask questions online, and you can email me beforehand at steve@votestevediamond.com.

For security’s sake, pre-registration is required. Please register for the meeting that’s most convenient, and share this page widely.

Saturday, June 27, 5:00 pm
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcscOmhqjgsHdcyPojBCJ1hm2oIUWkf8o6E

Sunday, June 28, 11:00 am
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvceyuqT8oH93liIUjD4HADJA2Eud03FcG

Sunday, June 28, 4:00 pm
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvde-gqjsvHdDeFQBQzeEzxfYTu84qGJ2v

I promise to spend only a little time talking about fundraising. The June 30 financial reporting deadline is fast approaching, and I want to show that my grassroots campaign has genuine people power behind it by reporting many small donations. Donate now, and you can ignore that part of the meeting!

Donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/zsupe

Endorsements: CWA and AFSCME

This week I’ve been honored to receive two new endorsements from important Arizona labor unions: the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Arizona State Council and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 449.

The CWA endorsement represents more than 4,000 CWA members and families here in Arizona.

AFSCME Local 449 represents members at the City of Tucson, El Rio Health Center, PimaCare At Home, Pima Community College, Pima County, and Tucson Unified School District.

Endorsement: Pima Area Labor Federation

I’m honored, humbled, and grateful to the Pima Area Labor Federation for their endorsement. PALF represents Arizona AFL-CIO affiliates with over 50,000 union members. I have worked closely with them on community projects such as the Labor Day picnic and the Pima County Democrats Labor Caucus. I will always stand up for workers’ rights and Labor values because Labor values are community values. They’re about lifting each other up and standing together.

I qualified to be on the ballot – first Democrat in 24 years

Steve Diamond files nominating petitions for Pima County Supervisor

TUCSON, Ariz., March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Steve Diamond, a Democrat, has filed nominating petitions to run for Pima County (Arizona) Supervisor, District 4. Diamond is the first Democrat since 1996 to run in District 4, where voter demographics have shifted significantly away from Republicans in recent years. This shift mirrors all of Arizona, a vital swing state for Democrats to claim the presidency and the Senate in 2020.

Steve Diamond

Steve Diamond

Diamond filed more than three times the minimum required number of nominating signatures. He said, “I’ve gotten substantial support from area Democratic clubs and organizations in this phase of the campaign. They tell me this is the year we can flip the seat.”

Said Alison Jones, Chair of the County Party, “Pima County Democratic Party is delighted to have Steve Diamond running for Supervisor in District 4–our first candidate to run in this district in 24 years. As Supervisor in District 4, Steve will be the voice for families, labor, and responsible governance that has been lacking in this district for too long. He is on the right side of the issues, and will be a tireless advocate for local business, criminal justice reform, and a just and humane immigration policy.”

Other issues important to Diamond are protecting the water supply for future generations, repairing the roads, investing in the local community, and early childhood education. He strongly opposes the proposed Rosemont Mine, saying “Rosemont would be an environmental disaster. It would pollute our water, foul our air, and destroy sensitive habitats. Any economic benefit would last, at most, 15 years, while the damage would last for centuries.”

The incumbent Republican Supervisor ran in 2016 on a single issue: repairing the roads. His scheme to raise money for road repair was later deemed illegal by the Pima County Attorney’s office. It was never enacted. Unlike Diamond, the incumbent supports the Rosemont Mine.

Located in southern Arizona, Pima County includes the City of Tucson (metro area population one million) and shares 130 miles of border with Mexico. Republicans have held Supervisor District 4 since its creation in 1972. Diamond bases his hopes on changing demographics, which have seen the Republican voter registration advantage shrink from 7.4% to 5.4% in the past four months alone. At that rate, he notes, it will be a tossup by Election Day.

A grandson of immigrants, Diamond was born in New York City and has lived in Tucson for 50 years. He says, “I’m running on values, not ideology. My highest principles are honesty, integrity, equity, justice, inclusiveness.” He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona in 1976 and worked in corporate information technology for 35 years, including Chief Information Officer positions. A member of the National Writers Union, he is co-founder of the Pima County Democrats Labor Caucus.

source:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-democrat-in-24-years-running-in-republican-district-301028939.html

My opponent thinks women face “absolutely zero discrimination” in the workforce

You have to see this to believe it. My opponent actually thinks that women aren’t discriminated against in the workforce. He also thinks that the US Constitution already provides equal protection under the law for everyone regardless of gender. He concludes that the Equal Rights Amendment is unnecessary.

None of those things is true, in case anyone was wondering.

You can watch the video clip here:

And you can read the whole story here.

How out of touch with reality do you have to be?

And let’s also notice the illogical leap of faulty reasoning, where he starts with women constituting a majority of the workforce and ends with “absolutely zero discrimination,” neglecting to mention that the same article he’s citing states that jobs held by women tend to be lower paying.

If you feel that this guy doesn’t deserve to be re-elected, please support my campaign with a generous donation.

Thank you!

The Supreme Court Just Gave the Border Patrol a License to Kill

The Supreme Court Just Gave the Border Patrol a License to Kill

Border Patrol Exercises

It’s a sad day for Hernández family, for families of others murdered by Border Patrol agents, and for the rule of law. This is yet another atrocity that the right-wing Supreme Court approves of: zero accountability to anyone for lawless law enforcement agents. It’s another of the many unacceptable consequences of allowing McConnell and Trump to stack the courts with ideologues.

Back in 2010, 15-year-old Sergio Hernández was hanging out along the Mexican side of the Southern border with his friends, playing a game where they would touch a fence on the border and then run back. A Border Patrol agent on the U.S. side named Jesus Mesa saw them and, when Hernández ran again, shot and killed him in front of everyone in the middle of the day.

A civil suit was the only option for Hernández’s parents. The case, Hernández v. Mesa, wound up at the Supreme Court, because the Department of Justice refused to prosecute Mesa, and when the Mexican government charged the agent with murder, the United States refused to extradite him. But just last week, the court decided the parents couldn’t seek damages for their child’s death.
source: Slate

My opponent’s position and mine could not be more different on this issue.

My opponent for County Supervisor has consistently favored zero oversight over law enforcement agencies such as the Border Patrol and the County Sheriff’s office. He believes they should be left alone to do whatever they like. Apparently this stacked Supreme Court agrees with him.

In 2018 and 2019 my opponent:

  • Introduced a resolution that would have allowed the Pima County Sheriff to be the sole arbiter of which federal grants the Sheriff’s Department accepts, even when such grants require Sheriff’s deputies to work under Border Patrol direction. The resolution failed, as it should have. The Board of Supervisors holds the authority to approve or reject such grants. They ought not to be giving it away, and it may not have been legal had they tried to.
  • Persistently criticized the Community Law Enforcement Partnership Commission (CLEPC) on the ground that they were prejudiced against law enforcement. Actually, they were doing the job that the Board of Supervisors had appointed them to do: overseeing how the Sheriff’s Department used federal grants, and recommending which grants to approve and which to reject.
  • Tried to prevent the CLEPC from meeting by instructing his appointees not to attend meetings.
  • Introduced a resolution to disband the CLEPC. It passed.

In other words, my opponent actively sabotaged every form of oversight over the Sheriff’s Department.

I do not agree! I will never approve any measure, such as the one introduced by my opponent last year, to grant more autonomy to a law enforcement agency. The Board of Supervisors has a responsibility to oversee all County operations. It should not and cannot give that away.

See a revised version of these remarks on Daily Kos.

Let's secure a strong, unified Board of Supervisors in Pima County.


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