Tucson Progressive

Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona

#PowersForThePeople Team #CyclingForChange in the AZ Legislature at #Cyclovia

Cycling for Change Team at Cyclovia. Many thanks to Andrew Broan and his friends, my husband Jim (far right), and my good friend Michael Gordy (not pictured) who decorated their bikes with my signage for Cyclovia. The guys were so photogenic as they rode together that the national press photographed them. Now if the local press would only take notice.

Cycling for Change Team at Cyclovia. Many thanks to Andrew Broan and his friends, my husband Jim (far right), and my good friend Michael Gordy (not pictured) who decorated their bikes with my signage for Cyclovia. The guys were so photogenic as they rode together that the national press photographed them. Now if the local press would only take notice.

Although Cyclovia got a little soggy this year, the #PowersForThePeople #CyclingForChange team was undeterred. Six of us decorated our bikes with “Cycling for Change in the Arizona Legislature” and “Powers for the People” signage and rode in Cyclovia. While the guys rode the route, I talked with voters at the Himmel Park hub and collected signatures.

My husband Jim and I saw many friends at Cyclovia. What a great community event it is. It not only promotes gathering and communication, it also promotes exercise and health.

One of the people I ran into was Congressman Ron Barber. (He and his wife Nancy have two of the coolest bikes in Tucson.) Barber has been very supportive of my campaign, and we talked at length about strategy and progress as we dodged the raindrops.

Congressman Ron Barber and Pamela Powers Hannley at Cyclovia

Congressman Ron Barber and Pamela Powers Hannley at Cyclovia

I didn’t always agree with his votes in Congress, but I stood with him against Martha McSally and blogged often about that race on Blog for Arizona and Tucson Progressive. In fact, a few weeks ago at Rep. Randy Friese’s kick-off party, Barber personally thanked me for my writing about his opponent. Yesterday, as we parted, he complimented me on my campaign slogan and materials and even took a button and a bike sticker. :-)

All in all it was a great day. I talked with dozens of voters about economic reformequality and paycheck fairness, and the opiate epidemic. I know that I am the underdog in this race because I am fighting against big money, establishment ideas, cronyism, and the good old boys club.  The voters keep me going. They are listening to my progressive ideas. They are ready for change… not more of the same.

If you live in Legislative District 9, please sign my nominating petition here and give me a $5 Clean Elections Donation here.

If you are ready for reform in the Arizona Legislature, send a reformer to Phoenix.

Cross-posted from PowersForThePeople.net

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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