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Alison Jones ousts Jo Holt as Pima Dems chair by 4 votes

Activist Alison Jones won the votes of precinct committeemen Saturday, beating sitting Pima County Democratic Party Chair Jo Holt by a narrow margin.

Jones received 156 votes to 152 votes for the incumbent Holt.

The county reorganization meeting attracted more participation than the meeting that elected Holt in 2015, when she received 89 votes, with party activist Barbara Cain garnering 50 votes.

Holt was seen by establishment Democrats as having led their party to wins across Southern Arizona the last couple of years, but Jones was backed by progressives seeking more rapid change in the party.

Jones is a hydrogeologist who briefly floated her name in the last CD 2 congressional primary, but dropped out in summer 2017. She works for a mining contractor, and was previously employed by the Tucson Department of Environmental Services.

Another change is pending at the Dem's headquarters building on East 1st Street: county party Executive Director Heath Butrum is moving on after working in that position since August 2015.

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Dec 18, 2018, 11:26 am
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One minor comment.  I was there and the results I heard announced were:  307 votes cast, 156 for Jones, 151 for Holt.

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