Real people. Real stories. Real Arizona.
Since Feb 1st, I’ve traveled more than 27,000 miles around our state to all 15-counties and met with thousands of people.
Here’s what I know: Arizona is the most beautiful state in the nation, filled with kind, hopeful and resilient people.
In every county and every corner of our state, I’ve had real conversations with people about the things that really matter. I video blogged your stories and shared some of the best ideas I heard. I also learned that, even more than I had imagined:
Arizonans are facing enormous challenges, which have been caused by decades of incompetent, negligent and unethical leadership.
We don't have to wait for an election. We are changing the conversation right now.
From Feb-May, we spent time with folx in Sells, Ajo, Green Valley, Flagstaff, Jerome, Phoenix, Tucson, Chandler, Casa Grande, South Tucson, Tempe, Bisbee, Kingman, Yuma, Parker, Quartzsite, Peach Springs, Sedona, Mesa, Globe, Clifton, Wilcox, Bullhead City, Pinetop, Prescott, Payson, Gilbert, Oro Valley, Page, Marble Canyon, Fredonia, Chinle and more than 40 cities and towns in all 15 counties. We’ve been to rodeos, parades, the 2018 Flagstaff Femme Fest, art fairs, cafes, bars, the first Black Pussy Power: Reclaiming Our Stories event, Pride festivals, county fairs, farmers markets and I even appeared in a comedy festival and preached a sermon. I’ve met with energy entrepreneurs, farmers, winemakers, small business owners, March for our Lives organizers, teachers and school administrators, tribal leaders, local elected officials, Chicano activists and African American community leaders, faith leaders, artists, nonprofit leaders and more. I’ve marched for gun sense and #RedForEd, participated in forums and debates with the other Democratic governor candidates, and I’ve met with activists from Our Revolution, Indivisible, the Democratic Party, and LGBT groups. We’ve slept in an RV park, roadside hotels and the homes of friends (and friends of friends!). After a number of car repairs, we had to retire our little Prius for another one.
Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve met good people of every party affiliation, faith background, race, age and everything else – and certain themes have emerged: We need sustainable, bottom-up economic development in all 15 counties of our state, and solutions to our environmental crisis, starting with our vanishing water supply. We need to make sure the local public school is the best school for every kid, in every neighborhood in our state. And we need serious reform in our criminal justice, healthcare, voting and immigration systems.
At the end of the day, I’ve learned that we all really do want the same thing. Arizona for everyone. It’s been inspiring, and made me more determined than ever to win this election, and that starts with winning the Democratic primary election on Aug 28th. So, I’ll be back on the road, working across our state to get this message out and get out the vote. See you soon in a neighborhood near you! – Kelly