Special Healthcare What?

30 Oct 2008 10:35 pm
Posted by: Katie

Ok, I know this post is really late and many of you have already voted. And if you don’t live in Maricopa County, it won’t matter to you anyway. But, I am really concerned about the election for Maricopa Special Healthcare District.

A little background: the district was created for oversight of the Maricopa County Hospital, because the County Board of Supervisors was basically running the county hospital into the ground. You know, because poor people and immigrants get their healthcare there, and they don’t┬áreally vote. Oh, and they do abortions there. So, in 2003 the voters created the Maricopa Integrated Health System that would be run by a nonpartisan board of five representatives, one from each supervisory district. The board was first elected in 2004.

A group of right-wing Republicans (the Pachyderm Coalition) has chosen to make this a totally partisan race, endorsing candidates that share their right-wing agenda of shutting down the hospital (actually pledged to vote to do so) and have zero health management experience.

Rather than regurgitate what others have already said, I will just point you in the direction of what I found to be really helpful information on this: Vic’s Pics (scroll down to bottom of p. 4); Random Musings; and, not necessarily helpful, but here are the Arizona Republic’s endorsements.


  1. Comment by Donna on October 31, 2008 12:11 am

    The Dems tried to recruit candidates for this office but were only successful in one district. And if you think the health district Republicans are bad, the ones who run the Maricopa Community College District take fundamentalist whackjobbery to an entirely new level.

    Immediately after this election it’s imperative that we dedicate ourselves to growing a farm team of local office holders. School boards, town councils, and these special districts need to have good candidates running for them. The nuts have had a free reign for far too long.

  2. Comment by Joe on October 31, 2008 7:31 am

    I think it’s funny that Colette Rosati is running for office again– after losing the LD8 Senate race in 2006, she pulled the whole “I’m the real winner because now I get to be a full-time mom again!” trying to make an election loss look like nothing spiel.

    Well, I guess she must not like her kids very much, since she’s running for another office now.

  3. Comment by Katie on October 31, 2008 7:52 am

    Yes, Donna!

    For MCCD Board I recommend Randolph Lumm in district 4 and Pam Petty in district 3 (those are the only two with elections).

    Joe – I hope Sue Gerard cleans Colette Rosati’s clock! It’s about as good of a match-up as Rosati and Allen was in 2006.

  4. Comment by Simon says: on November 2, 2008 7:05 am

    Could it be that Deb Peason goes without notice here?

  5. Comment by Jeffrey Jeanpierre on April 8, 2010 3:28 pm

    Came clueless, left worried. Thanks for the post. – Why did you name him Sam? Every Tom, Dick and Harry is named Sam! – Samuel Goldwyn 1882 – 1974

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