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Posted on: June 3rd, 2017

The monthly meeting of the Yuma County Democratic Party is Thursday, June 8, from 7 pm to 8 pm. This meeting is not high-minded, complicated strategy funded by million dollar PAC’s; it’s nuts-and-bolts community activity fueled by the time and effort of ordinary people.

Your time and effort are urgently needed. Lawmakers in Phoenix and Washington DC are undoing the progress of the last sixty years.

There are tens of thousands of registered Democrats in Yuma County. About 20 attended last month’s meeting. Those of us there wonder what the rest of you are waiting for.

Thursday, June 8, we’ll open the office early at 6 PM for free coffee, soda, ice tea and other refreshments. Please come…..290 S. First Avenue, Suite 1, Yuma.


Posted on: May 26th, 2017


HEY DEMOCRAT–Attend the CC meeting

Posted on: May 5th, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 7 pm to 8 pm, 290 S. 1st Avenue, Suite 1, Yuma.  What happens at a Central Committee meeting of Yuma County Democratic Party?

Usually, Martin Porchas chairs the meeting and he’s been ruthlessly efficient about completing it in one hour.  There’s some dry business stuff–sharing reports, state meeting attendance, voting to accept yada yada–but maybe the best part is being in a room with excited and energized Democrats. They’re not just TALKING about the sad state of affairs, they’re WORKING to change it.  Democratic candidates are there, your friends from Yuma County Indivisible and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona…

We’re informal. We laugh. We’re definitely friendly folks. Wear shorts and a T….we do.

There’s always more to do than there are people to do it. What are you waiting for?


WHOA–you missed Spring Fling?

Posted on: May 4th, 2017

Yuma Democrats held their annual Spring Salute on Friday, April 28….a pleasant & successful evening at Gowan Patio. About 100 people attended to enjoy a cocktail hour and then a delicious meal catered by Bob Nidifer. The DeDecker duo entertained with songs from the 70’s-and 80’s and helped to remind us of the decades when we all knew changes needed be made, much like our political situation now.

V. Chair Thelma Lundy opened the evening with a welcome to guests and introduced elected officials past & present in attendance, including Supervisor Lynn Pancrazi, Yuma County Treasurer Angela Moreno, Hon. Maria Elena Cruz, AZ, State Senator Lisa Otondo, Judge Tom Thode, and Judge Jeffries.

Guest speaker State Senator Katie Hobbs talked about the problems our state schools are facing and the need to reimburse public schools for the monies taken by the state. She spoke of her campaign for Arizona Secretary of State, saying while many people run for Secretary of State as a jumping off spot to the governor’s office, she will run the office as it was meant to be run, efficiently encouraging government transparency, regulating elections and campaign finance.

Door prizes were awarded and the annual appreciation certificates were awarded. The honorees were Lenore Stuart, Gail Beeler, Colby Girard and Judge Maria Cruz. The 50/50 raffle winner was announced.

YCDP V. Chair Dante Mitchell closed the evening with a talk about the need for all of us to become activists in order to make our democracy strong and good.

THANK YOU to the staffers who helped—Thelma Lundy, Dante Mitchell, Lenore Stuart, Xanthe Bullard, Cindy Kypros, Beverly Frame, Karen Watts, Jeanne Glover, Jason Bradley & Mark Newton. Say THANK YOU to the 2017 Spring Fling director MARY BARKLEY at

RISE UP 5K RUN in Yuma July 1

Posted on: April 19th, 2017

Yuma is a part of the nationwide Rise Up 5K in 306 U.S. cities on July 1, 2017.  The goal is to continue the momentum of the Women’s March while raising money for civil liberty charities.  They’re on pace now to have tens of thousands of participants. 100% of the net proceeds are going to the nine benefiting charities.  To learn more or to register today, visit  Rise Up, Run, and Be Heard!


Posted on: April 12th, 2017

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Posted on: April 7th, 2017

APS Customers: Two More Public Comment Opportunities

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has one more public comment session for the Arizona Public Service (APS) rate case. If you are an APS customer, we strongly encourage you to attend and to provide oral comments! It is vital for the ACC to hear from the people who will be affected by the outcome of its decision.

APS Rate Case Public Comment Session

Monday, April 10
6 p.m.
The Historic Yuma Theatre
254 S. Main Street, Yuma (map)

The proposed settlement agreement would increase the monthly service charge for most APS customers by 87.5%, a big and unjustified increase that would discourage energy efficiency. Please ask the ACC to modify this rate and to better adapt enrollment in time-of-use rates, so customers can choose what best fits their schedules.

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We also encourage you to sign on to a letter to the ACC on this important matter.


Posted on: April 6th, 2017


Posted on: April 5th, 2017

YCDP’s annual Spring Salute, aka Spring Fling, is Friday, April 28 starting at 6:30 PM at Gowan Patio, 370 S. Main Street, Yuma. CAN YOU ATTEND?

Elena’s Drunken Chicken is the dinner entree; sides, dessert & drinks included. Live music from Steve & Susan Dedecker starts at 6:30. Guest Speaker: Katie Hobbs, 2018 candidate for AZ Secretary of State.

The Spring Salute recognizes those Democrats that have served exceptionally in the season just past.

TICKETS: just $25 per person. Contact Mary at Also available at Dem HQ during regular hours…AND at the Yuma County Fair. Look for us in the Commercial Building.SPRING2017

APRIL 1 – Planned Parenthood at Prison Hill Brewery

Posted on: March 27th, 2017