To establish a strong presence in the community in order to ensure a voice in local Democratic politics; to prepare for upcoming elections by supporting local and national Democratic candidates; to develop relationships with state officials holding democratic values; and to inform members about important government issues and actions.
The Grand Democrats interest group was founded in the fall of 2004 by Lilly and Jim Mitsui while working arduously on the Kerry campaign. Despite the belief that there were "no democrats in Sun City Grand", 275 people attended the first Grand Democrats meeting.
The group has grown into an enthusiastic and viable political organization committee. Speakers at the general meetings have included Andrei Cherney, former Arizona State Democratic Party Chairman and Arizona Assistant Attorney General, Paul Penzone, 2012 candidate for Maricopa County Sheriff, Ann Wallack Maricopa County Democratic Party Chair, as well as other prominent democratic candidates and representatives. To view the speakers for 2011 and 2012, go to Newsletters on this website.
The Grand Democrats meet monthly with a 90 minute program that includes a speaker or special program tailored to relevant and timely government issues and concerns. Monies collected through fundraising events are used to support local Democratic programs.