Can We Be Honest With Each Other?

Ok, I can only speak for myself here, but in an effort to foster transparency and trust in our fledgling relationship, I gotta be honest.

 

Sometimes, I feel like a sham as a PC.

 

Now, I should clarify. I am doing the do. I’m getting educated. I’m attending my LD meetings. I’m reaching out, meeting neighbors, leaving friendly letters and business cards at the homes that don’t open their doors (no matter what time of day I knock.) And mostly, it’s fun. I’ve met like-minded, involved individuals and been reminded I’m not alone. People are generally friendly and receptive. They’re happy to see someone representing the Democrats.

But sometimes, in that moment before I knock, there’s that gnawing feeling maybe somebody else should be doing this. Someone more qualified. Someone with more experience. Someone older. Someone younger. Someone more involved. Someone with more free time. Someone with a degree that has something to do with PCing…I don’t even know what that degree is but I know it’s not Theatre Arts. You see where I’m going with this, right?

 

Someone other than ME.

 

I sit with that for a moment. I know it’s a stunted thought. It’s negligent; it’s self-indulgent, and perhaps most jeopardous, it is idle.

We deserve a better government but we are owed nothing. My county has 416 PC slots. 55 of them are filled. This show requires audience participation, folks, and while he didn’t originate it, it’s Barack’s voice I hear when I remind myself, “We are the one’s we’ve been waiting for.” It’s time for me to show up, for us all to show up. We need the stay-at-home mom, the small-business owner, the trade worker, the college student, the retiree, and yes, the theatre arts major.

I carefully consider the repercussions of my doubt and insecurity…

 

And then I knock.

Hurry Up and (DON’T) Wait

You did it! You stepped up as a frustrated Arizonan who could no longer watch this boat sink, and filed paperwork to be a Precinct Committeeperson (queue the fireworks and standing ovation!) And with this decision came enthusiasm and energy and you couldn’t wait to start knocking on doors and turning this ship around one neighbor at a time. Then you were abruptly deflated when you heard that there is a bit of a wait…90-120 days to be more specific. Here’s why:

  1. You submit your form to your LD chair who then reviews and signs it. From there that document makes it’s way to the MCDP Chair, Steve Slugocki. It can be the paper copy, a scan, an e-mail, Steve will even take a phone picture!
  2. After the Chair signs off, it heads over to the County Recorder’s office. They review the applications every two weeks. This is where folks can sometimes get rejected, most often because they are not a registered Democrat. This is a quick fix with voter registration and then a resubmission of the form.
  3. Assuming everything checks out there, your form gets to head over to the County Board of Supervisors (BOS). The BOS votes to approve all the PC applications at their monthly meetings, so depending on the timing of your initial submission, it could take anywhere from 2-4 weeks for you to get past this point.
  4. After being approved by BOS it heads back over to the County Recorder’s office (are you hearing circus music yet) where it will spend 30 DAYS being recorded. This only happens once a month on the first Monday after a full weekend, so timing plays a big role.
  5. Once the approved PCs are recorded the lists are given to the LD Chairs who then inform their new PCs. This could mean more wait time as meetings are monthly and not all LD Chairs will notify by email.
  6. Up to 30 days after your approval you will receive your official certificate in the mail! You’re officially official!

So 90-120 days…that’s a long time to wait. A long time to lose enthusiasm and momentum and to stop being proactive, so don’t wait!!! Just because you aren’t officially approved as a PC is no reason to not begin being one. Talk to you LD Chair and have them print you a neighborhood map. Meet neighbors. Prepare a welcome letter. Attend trainings. Get your registration and PEVL forms ready to go. Keep attending your meetings and inform other likeminded friends of all the kick-ass work you’re doing!

And if for any reason you are concerned about the status of your form, send us an email and we will check it out for you and let you know where you are in the process.

Now, lets get out there and start PCing!