Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Graham County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vance Bryce gathers signage supplies with the assistance of a donkey at the Graham County Democratic Party’s ribbon-cutting for its headquarters on Saturday.
By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – The Graham County Democratic Party celebrated the grand opening of its headquarters at 816 W. Thatcher Blvd. on Saturday.
The event featured appearances by Democratic candidates, including Kim Beach-Moschetti and Ronnie Maestas-Condos for LD-14 State House of Representatives, Bob Karp for LD-14 State Senate, and Shea Stanfield for Corporation Commission.
“It’s really exciting to see a headquarters open,” Karp said. “It gives candidates like myself, Ronnie, and Kim hope and enthusiasm. I will say, this election we believe we can flip the (state) Senate and the (state) House. We’re so close – two seats in the Senate and three seats in the House. And if we really want to make an impact at the State Legislature, we need to win every seat we possibly can win.”
“We can do this. There’s a new Arizona majority about to emerge in this state and we’re going to be the people who begin to make the movement.”
During opening remarks, Graham County Democratic Party Chairman Nicholas Nordgran-Tellez dedicated the event to Congressman John Lewis, who was a civil rights leader who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District from 1987 until his death July 17, 2020. After a moment of silence honoring Lewis, Nordgran-Tellez encouraged those in attendance to help unite the community and help fight injustice and inequality.
The event featured a ribbon-cutting, a tour of the facilities, and free food and drink. The building is decorated throughout, however, Nordgran-Tellez advised that the location will only be temporary and they will move in the coming months due to the building being leased to another tenant.
“Today we’re here to launch the Graham County Democrats grand opening of our headquarters for this election cycle,” Nordgran-Tellez said. “It will be temporary for us but we wanted to make the best of it and make sure we’re out there getting the vote out and making sure that our philosophies and our beliefs are getting told.”