Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
How progressive is Tucson? Yes, it is general knowledge that Pima County is one tiny blue spot in a sea of blood red, but just how liberal are we?
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) started a Tucson Chapter in February. According to PDA leader Phil Lopes, since then PDA’s mailing list has grown to more than 800 Southern Arizonans. As with all mailing lists, they have e-mails and/or street addresses for most of the people who volunteered to receive information about the fledgling organization. Looking at the local PDA members with street addresses in their database, PDA plotted their membership by Legislative District (above) and Congressional District (below).
This map shows where the above Legislative districts are located. LD28– the district with the most PDA members (209)– is Tucson proper; pieces of 26, 27, 29, and 30 are also within the city limits. Yes, this is totally unscientific data, but it does give us a glimpse of Tucson’s progressive leanings.
We see our Democratic Party leaders sidling up to the right, but is this a good strategy? If PDA continues to gain steam statewide, I would venture to say, no! Purely conjecture here, but I can’t help wondering if the dismal turnout at the LD28 Democratic Party meeting last Wednesday (~25 people) is related to LD28’s strong presence in PDA. Pima Dems– take note. Maybe cozying up to the Southern Arizona Leadership Council isn’t such a good idea.