Major investment and tech company coming to the Sierra Vista area

Arizona Commerce Authority announces Blackstar Orbital will invest $7.1 million to build a drone manufacturing   & test facility at the Sierra Airport.  The company indicates that up to 50 jobs will be created at the facility by 2026.
From the news release:  SIERRA VISTA, AZ (January 31, 2024) – BlackStar Orbital Technologies Corporation, headquartered on the Florida space coast, today announced the establishment of a new engineering and manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Located at Sierra Vista Municipal Airport, the facility is set to be operational by 2026. This facility is poised to be a cornerstone for the development and production of the BlackStar Spacecraft, the company's innovative spaceplane-satellite hybrid.
Read more about it here.





Proposed federal legislation for mail-in ballot transparency

From NACo the National Association of Counties

11/13/23:  "Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.), Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Juan Ciscomani (R-Ariz.) re-introduced the bipartisan Vote by Mail Tracking Act (H.R. 5658) to increase transparency of and confidence in mail-in ballots."

Here is What the Bill Would Do

Introduced in September 2023, this bipartisan legislation would require that mail-in ballot envelopes:
  • Contain a United States Postal Service (USPS) barcode;
  • Meet USPS design requirements and standards for machinable letters;
  • Include an Official Election mail logo
THE BILL DOES NOT require states to adopt certain mail-in or absentee ballot policies
Read more on the NAco website.

Adrian Fontes on preparations for voting in 2024

Arizona Secretary of State Addrian Fontes talks about preparations for voting in the 2024 election cycle. As a candidate I want to make sure that everyone has access to voting that is secure, fair and easy to do. We need to support our elections process and those that will work at the polls.  There is not a problem with "election integrity", we have had secure and accurate and fraud-free elections in Arizona for decades.  Don't let election deniers tell you a different story.

Online free seminar – Risks to Elections November 16, 2023

From UCLA Safeguarding Democracy Series

This panel features beat reporters covering elections including two that cover Arizona elections and Cochise County's role in the crisis.  Carrie Levine, of VoteBeat and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez of the Washington Post.  Learn what they are seeing on the ground.
One of my major campaign issues is to make sure that I am a voice for supporting and safe guarding our democratic institutions. Particularly our elections infrastructure and processes. This free seminar provides some information about what we face in 2024 from sources that cover these issues on a regular basis.
Register here.