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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.

The No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge

The No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge. I see this as an important step toward resisting the oligarchy that’s increasingly running our country.

My presumptive opponent, Steve Christy, has not signed it.

Individuals are, of course, still welcome to donate to my campaign.

Meet the Candidate: Steve Diamond (Arizona)

Meet the Candidate: Steve Diamond (Arizona)

My campaign was covered by DemCastUSA in a series of interview Q & As.

Excerpt:

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We must emphasize our common humanity and common interests. For example, college-educated professionals are slow to realize that they have much more in common with industrial and clerical workers than they do with the 1%. Both groups have to work for a living. The 1% generally live on investment income. When this commonality remains unseen, we end up with the current “elites” vs “deplorables” scenario. It’s a false enmity nurtured by the 1% to further their own interests. With education and mutual respect we can dissipate the smoke-screen.

Read full coverage at DemCastUSA…

Running for Office in a Red District, Purple State

Running for Office in a Red District, Purple State

Steve Diamond after filing campaign committee papers

My Campaign Diary introduction was published on Daily Kos!

“My name is Steve Diamond and I’m running for County Supervisor” are words I never imagined hearing myself utter — not until a few months ago, anyway. I’ve thought of myself as an activist, an organizer, a gadfly, a citizen lobbyist. But until recently I’d never entertained the idea of being a politician. Until recently…

Continue reading on Daily Kos…

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