I recorded some of the speeches from the LD 26 meeting the other night, and I thought some might be interested to listen. I apologize for the sound quality. The levels are rather too low, so crank up your volume.
First is Lena's speech, in which she outlines the reasons for her resignation and indicates her views on who should replace her:
Each of the candidates was given 5 minutes to address the meeting and make their case. I present only those candidates selected for nomination to the Board.
Don Jorgenson (in which my boneheaded mistake about the age of Don's children becomes the stuff of political humor):
Nancy Young Wright:
UPDATE: I got a very interesting comment from ForcePrimeval, who has been a fairly reliable contributor -- though I am not going to reveal the commenter's real identity. But I have not received this email myself, nor have a verified its accuracy with Lena Saradnik, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of this material. If anyone has confirmation that this is indeed from Lena, or the converse, please give me a yell. Note that I have edited the original comment to conceal what is apparently Lena's phone number: I doubt that she wants that published on a blog at this time.
"January 17, 2008
Supervisor Sharon Bronson
Pima County Board of Supervisors
Dear Supervisor Bronson:
As you know I have suffered a stroke. I am sorry that I did not get this letter to you yesterday, however, as I have limited use of my right arm, I did not have the required energy to compose this letter with one hand! Today, I have more energy.
Yesterday morning I made calls to the members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors to discuss the LD-26 selection of my replacement. I’m sorry we have not been able to connect.
One Supervisor I did reach yesterday told me the selection was a ‘done deal’. The reason given was that you were the point-person and the selection would be a woman and your campaign manager, Nancy Young Wright. Others were guarded in their conversation, but stated the Board would take direction from you.
The fact that the nominees were announced at 9:30 Tuesday night and this phone call took place at 9:00 Wednesday morning, I wondered how it is possible that this could be a ‘done deal’? Logistically there was not time for all of the Supervisors to hear from each candidate or receive feedback on what the community desires.
I will be blunt; regardless of the individual qualifications of each candidate I am concerned that this selection is being made based on personal relationships and NOT a thorough opinion from the community.
I understand and value personal relationships. When my campaign manager put her name up for consideration I told her I supported her as one of the three nominees, but felt the best choice for the District at this time was Don Jorgensen. She understood and I hope you will, too.
At the Tuesday’s meeting, I nominated Don Jorgensen for my replacement because he is a committed candidate whose political views and demeanor closely align with mine and, most importantly, he is ready to assume the office. The District agreed. He won the first ballot with 62 out of 76 votes cast. This should be a clear signal about the community’s desires because, as you know, PCs are elected officials and they speak for their precincts. These same PCs also worked very hard to get me elected with a 4000+ vote margin. They deserve to be heard.
I am a strong supporter of women’s rights and an ardent feminist. I know all too well how hard we women have to fight to get our place at the table. However, I am also an elected representative who must put her District’s interests first. As you know, in District 26 the Republican Party holds the majority. We need an individual with a strong ability to cross over party lines and a person who can see all sides of an argument. Don Jorgensen is that person.
I am confident that, upon hearing from the community, you will be able to make an informed and fair selection.
Due to my therapy schedule, I will not be able to attend tomorrow’s Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting. I hope you will contact me to discuss this further. I tire very easily and nap often. If there is no answer, please leave a voicemail with a good number and time to call you back.
Representative Lena Saradnik
cc: All Pima County Supervisors