North Scottsdale Democrats (NorScoDems.org) -- Is a true grassroots organization. It was formed in January 2020, just before the pandemic, by a small group of northern Scottsdale friends and neighbors who were tired of feeling politically isolated and ineffectual and so resolved to work together to do something to change that. We created this independent club, named it North Scottsdale Democrats and formulated our original mission as follows:
To build a visible, well-informed and politically active community of Democrats and like-minded others in northern Scottsdale.
We kicked things off with a neighborhood house party, for people living near us in the residential communities south and east of Troon Mountain. This was before the COVID-19 shutdown. We hoped 15 to 20 people might respond to our invitations, but ended up with over 50 very enthusiastic neighbors, most of whom had never before met and were surprised to learn they had so many Democratic neighbors!
Everyone said how much they appreciated the opportunity to meet other people like themselves living in northern Scottsdale and agreed that a group like ours was much needed.
With the rise of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, we were forced to resort to meetings online, instead of in-person, but as word of our group spread, our numbers continued to grow. And so did our capabilities. COVID forced us to develop and rely more heavily on digital media to reach people with our messaging and events.
Today we have 500 people on our email list and are meeting new people all the time through various channels and a robust schedule of events.
In January of 2022, our Steering Committee met and decided that, because the 2022 General Election would be so critical for Arizona and the country in general, North Scottsdale Democrats needed to be able to do more than just meet and talk among ourselves -- we needed to be able to help, in material ways, elect Democrats.
So we decided to form a Political Action Committee (PAC) which would give us the ability to raise and spend money to directly influence the outcome of elections... something we could not previously do as an informal club.
We made the appropriate filings with the IRS and registered as a PAC with the AZ Secretary of State. Legally, we are now known as NORSCODEMS dba North Scottsdale Democrats, a registered Political Action Committee.
Our new legal status allowed us to modify our original club mission, recognizing that we are now in the business of helping to influence the outcome of elections. Accordingly, our updated mission statement reads as follows:
To build a visible, well-informed and politically active community of Democrats and like-minded others in northern Scottsdale, working together to save our democracy by electing Democratic candidates.
It's an important mission and if your not already part of our ever-growing network of members and supporters, we hope you'll consider joining us. If you're not sure, we encourage you to subscribe to our monthly email newsletter, so you can learn more about our group and we can keep you informed about upcoming events and other news of interest to folks living in northern Scottsdale.
Now that the pandemic has subsided somewhat, we are cautiously resuming in-person events. In March of 2022, we held our first general meeting in two years with over 50 attendees, and we have since held a number of other events including our hugely successful, in-person 2nd Anniversary Celebration in April attended by over 100 people (see Photo Gallery).
In addition to monthly General Meetings, we are resuming occasional, in-person social events including happy hours and house parties... and you're invited!
We hope you'll join us!
NorScoDems.org kickoff house party ( Feb 2020)