May meeting around the corner! May 4, 6p – CANDIDATES!

Prescott Indivisible General Meeting

The PI General Meeting will be held this Friday, May 4, from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Granite Creek Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Davis Hall, in Prescott.

Hal Tyler will present the Candidate Endorsement Guidelines developed by the Steering Committee and the ad hoc Voter Registration Team.

We need everyone to attend as per our Guidelines, a two-thirds vote from the members present is needed to pass. An endorsement is not simply a statement of preference; it is a commitment by the members of Prescott Indivisible to actively support and work for a candidate. Individual members of PI remain free to support in any way candidates of their own choice, regardless of whether Prescott Indivisible has made an endorsement. The proposed Guidelines follow:

The following races for PI support will be recommended:

• CD4 House of Representatives to replace Gosar

• AZ Governor

• LD1 AZ Senate

• LD1 AZ House

In addition, four speakers will be at the PI General Meeting:  Dr. David Brill and Delina Disanto, Democratic Candidates for U. S. House of Representatives, District 4, and Dr. Ed Gogek and Jan Manolis, Democratic Candidates for Arizona House, District 1.

Dr. Brill was the Northern Arizona Manager of Primary Care services for the Veterans Administration, and pioneer of its Telehealth program. He is an advocate for good governance and believes we need to use our resources by cutting waste and fraud and effectively invest in education.

Delina Disanto is a registered nurse and has a strong business background. She was a partner in a home development business and was responsible for major contracts. Delina believes in Medicare for all.

Dr. Ed Gogek is a psychiatrist who has worked in jails, prisons, and homeless clinics, and had a private practice in Prescott for 14 years. He’s a life member of the Sierra Club and is interested in conservation issues and public education.

Jan Manolis has had a career working in information technology and has worked in leadership positions in both public and private sectors. Her extensive experience navigating the healthcare system has fueled her passion to promote affordable and accessible health care.

We will vote on the following proposed section on endorsements that is to be added at end of the “Membership, Meeting, and Voting” section on Fri., May 4.

Endorsements: Prescott Indivisible may endorse candidates running for office during the primary or general election. An endorsement is not simply a statement of preference; it is a commitment by the members of Prescott Indivisible to actively support and work for a candidate. Individual members of PI remain free to support in any way candidates of their own choice, regardless of whether Prescott Indivisible has made an endorsement. 

Potential races for endorsement will be proposed to the Steering Committee by an Ad Hoc Working Group on endorsements. Preference will be given to races where candidates have spoken to the General Membership. Races will require 2/3 approval by the Steering Committee, and then will be presented to the General Membership at the subsequent monthly meeting.  

Proposed races will require 2/3 approval of the General Membership at the monthly meeting. Members may also write-in races that were not proposed by the Ad Hoc Working Group or were not approved by the Steering Committee. Any race that receives write-in support of a simple majority (50%+1) of members voting will also be approved.

At the following monthly General Membership meeting endorsements will be voted on. Prior to this meeting, members will be given the opportunity to send an email requesting to make a statement of support for a particular candidate. Statements made by members on behalf of a candidate will take place following any candidate presentation.  At the meeting, a maximum of one statement of support per candidate shall be made. Candidates require a minimum of 2/3 support to be endorsed by Prescott Indivisible.