by Dan Gibson
If you're a diehard Tucson-area Democrat, would like to learn voter file systems, and could use a job, the Pima County Democratic Party is looking for a new executive director as the current keeper of the position is stepping down. Adam's letter announcing his resignation is below the cut.
Full disclosure: I'm not friends with all that many political types (cue jokes about how I don't have friends in general), but I do generally like Adam, mostly because of our shared affection for craft beer and 90's R&B.
It is with some sadness but a great deal of excitement and anticipation, I write to you today to inform you that I will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of the month. We have experienced incredible highs and yes, a few humbling lows together and I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished together these past three years.
Working with an outstanding leadership team, we have emphasized a grassroots field program, increased fundraising and outreach among political allies and allied organizations, successfully engaged officers, donors and table partners in reworking the county party’s strategic plan and we have engaged and supported Democrats running at every level throughout Pima County. And working together to improve our party infrastructure has yielded positive results.
In 2009 we won two of three council races and defeated by a 2-1 margin, Prop 200, a well-funded ballot initiative that likely would have bankrupted Tucson. Our mobilization efforts in 2010 brought in over 12,000 new Democratic PEVLs in Pima County, which played a critical role in the reelections of Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And last fall, we helped to elect the first Democratic Mayor of Tucson in twelve years and swept the city council races for the first time since 2005. These were hard-fought victories that we all should be proud of.
On a personal note, I would like to thank the hundreds of precinct committee people, thousands of volunteers and donors, elected officials, fellow staffers and party leadership for creating a supportive work environment that presented me with a tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth. In particular I would like to thank Jeff Rogers for his leadership and guidance over the past three years. Our community could not ask for a stronger, more dedicated or courageous leader.
I am excited about building on our successes and working together as we continue to move Arizona forward.