Meet Renee Newman

Hello there! My name is Renee Newman and I am a proud member of the LD18 Democrats! You know me. I’m the person walking around the meetings with a walker, leaning on everyone in my path, wall walking, sitting at the entrance of the meetings doing badges and taking pictures. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006, after experiencing symptoms for 15 years prior. MS has changed my entire life. I was a Jr High teacher (special education, LD,EH) at Valley View School in South Phoenix when suddenly I couldn’t feel my whole lower torso.  I was falling a lot. Then I had incontinence. That’s when I had to stop teaching. I loved teaching. It was my life. No one knew why this was happening to me. It was very scary.

Luckily I had many college degrees. That helped. I was lucky. I was a Microsoft instructor teaching teachers to use computers; I worked for Tesseract in educational technology; I was a full time faculty at NAU in the Center for Academic Excellence; and I worked and retired from the Arizona Department of Education as an Educational Specialist. I would be doing great in a job, only to be sidelined by paralysis, balance, and other symptoms. Then I would quit my job and pick up a new one when the symptoms subsided.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

I am scooting in the NMSS Walk 2017 at the Phoenix Zoo on November 4, 2017.  It would be great if you could join me! TEAM RENEE 2017. If not, I am accepting donations for my personal walk also. Having MS has affected my entire life. I can no longer work or drive or walk without a walker or scooter. Please support me in this effort to find a cure for MS.

To DONATE or JOIN MY TEAM:Or you can email me and I will send you a direct link to my page –

Walk MS: Phoenix 2017

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them.

Here To Stay: DACA Recipients Need Our Help

September 19, 2017
By Kevin Walsh

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the rescission of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). DACA was put in place through an executive action by President Obama in 2012 for unauthorized immigrants who entered the U.S. at an early age. DACA status allows recipients an opportunity to remain in the U.S. to work or study provided that they meet certain conditions, for a period of two years, subject to renewal.

There are about 800,000 DACA recipients nationwide and about 28,000 DACA recipients in Arizona, according to the Pew Research Center. The decision to rescind DACA subjects these DACA recipients to the risk of deportation.

The Department of Homeland Security has advised that current DACA recipients whose benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 have until October 5, 2017 to submit their renewal application. If your DACA status expires after March 5, 2018, then you have no ability to renew, and your DACA status will expire on its scheduled expiration date. The Department of Homeland Security is not considering new DACA applications, so if you’re not currently a DACA recipient, then it is too late to apply now.

Volunteers throughout Legislative District 18 and beyond are coming together to help DACA recipients in our community. Recently, I participated a volunteer training session attended by over a hundred attorneys who committed to providing free legal services to DACA renewal applicants. It was inspiring to see our legal community come together for such an important cause.

There are many opportunities to help. Chicanos Por La Causa is organizing DACA renewal information sessions and application clinics on September 21-23. Aliento is hosting a DACA renewal and citizenship workshop on September 23. LUCHA (Living United for Change in Arizona) is also hosting DACA Renewal Clinics every Monday through Saturday until the renewal deadline on October 5. Volunteers of all types are needed at these events. Others are helping to raise funds to defray the cost of $495 renewal fee for applicants.

For more information and to learn how to volunteer, email Kevin Walsh at 

Chicanos Por La Causa –
Aliento –

TUHSD override vote in November!

The Tempe Union High School District community of Desert Vista, Mountain Pointe, Corona del Sol, Compadre Academy, Tempe, McClintock, and Marcos de Niza is requesting your YES vote on the November 7 ballot in order to continue the 10% maintenance and override budget with an additional 5% (over 5 years) to support certified teaching compensation.

The override extension will protect smaller class sizes, continue core classes such as English, Math and Science, allow for elective programs including fine arts and career and technical education programs, and secure the gifted and English language learners programs.

School preventive maintenance, instructional technology services support and athletic and other extra‐curricular programs are included in the 10% override. The additional 5% override will be used exclusively for certified teaching staff compensation.

Impact on taxpayers? The average value of a District home is $204,500, which equates to an approximate cost of $70.86 per year for the full 15% override. The additional 5% override will be levied with 2% the first year and an additional 1% each year until the maximum additional 5% is reached.

TUHSD infographic: Why-Override-infographic-08-23-17-web