I’m baaack!

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my blog, though my absence wasn’t because of a lack of political interest. I spent more than a year working full-time on David Garcia’s campaign for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Working on a statewide campaign gave me a whole new insight into the political process and sadly, I can’t say it was pretty.

You all know what happened in the state superintendent’s race… David, who was arguably the most qualified person to ever run for state superintendent, was defeated by a woman who quite literally went into hiding during the general election.

Voter turnout was historically, pathetically low with the majority of twentysomethings, minorities and single women abandoning their voice and their power in the political process.

And that, my friends, was the saddest part of the 2014 election. The very people who have the most to lose are the ones who have tuned out and given up.

I understand their frustration. I relate to the idea that politicians seem untrustworthy and the whole process is just, well, icky.

But it’s time to connect the dots, folks. Your elected officials make decisions that determine if your child will end up in a small classroom of 20 students or an overstuffed and difficult-to-mange class of 40, if working-class moms will have access to quality childcare or if they’ll be forced to choose between their child’s safety or a job, if you’ll be able to afford college or be left with tens of thousands of dollars in debt and few job prospects.

When you live in a democracy that is quickly turning into a plutocracy, things won’t change for the working class – the great majority of Americans – until they start electing people to represent them.

And don’t give me the excuse that no one represents you because I spent a great deal of time with our candidates. They may not be perfect, but many of them were intelligent, caring and open-minded individuals who were willing to put their lives on hold for a year or longer to try and win your vote.

It’s true that the campaigns for Arizona’s state legislature aren’t nearly as exciting as the race for President of the United States. But when it comes to who has more influence over your everyday life, I’d argue the state legislature wins every time.

So good luck to our Millennials and even our Gen X’ers. You (and me) will need every ounce of it to get through the next four years.


  1. Roberto Reveles

    Julie, As one who actively promoted civic engagement in Arizona’s most recent anemic political process, I share your unvarnished reaction to the abandonment of voice and power by those who have the most to lose. Sadly, opting out of the election process has empowered those elected by the few to dictate public policy corrosively affecting the quality of life for the great majority of non-voters. Nonetheless, we must not trust luck alone but must re-dedicate ourselves to igniting working class Americans’ belief that We the People are charged by our Constitution with promoting the general Welfare and securing the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. Welcome back to the exchange of information among the universe of bloggers.

  2. Eric Marmont

    Welcome Back! A couple of comments. All is not lost, as the voters in the Gilbert area regained some sanity and got rid of the Tea Party majority on the local school board. I met David at a copy of events and was very impressed if fact I thought he was the best candidate on the Democratic side. Part of the blame for David’s loss has to go to the Fred Duvall poor campaign for Governor that dragged down the other Democratic candidates, and let’s face it the SOS race was at the bottom, and most people just don’t pay attention to the lesser races. At this point of time, if you remain hidden and have an “R” by your name you’re going to win statewide races. You completely hit it on point that State Legislature races are more important than the Federal ones. One just needs to look at legislatures across the country that have taken away voter’s rights, gerrymander districts, worked on social issues without even given a second thought to the future in promoting their economy, job training, tuition costs at universities. Again welcome back.

  3. gale wilberger

    Thanks for your efforts. Lora summed it up best for me. I will never understand how voters can complain about their conditions then fail to vote. Folks it’s the only system we have…get engaged, read, vote.

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