Adelita Grijalva

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Adelita Grijalva

Template:TOCnestleft Adelita Grijalva is the daughter of Raul Grijalva.

Married to Sol Antonio Gomez.


As a native Tucsonan, educated through Tucson Unified School District schools and the University of Arizona, Adelita Grijalva "is committed to improving the quality of life in Pima County".

Adelita Grijalva has worked with youth and their families for the last eighteen years, as the Director of Pima County Teen Court, a Juvenile Court diversion program.

She lives in Tucson with her husband, Sol Gomez. [1]

School Board

Adelita Grijalva is the youngest woman ever elected to the Governing Board in the Tucson Unified School District.

In the face of adversity, Adelita "championed and supported the TUSD ethnic studies program". [2]

School board members

In 2013, Governing Board membership consisted of Adelita Grijalva, President; Kristel Ann Foster, Clerk; Michael Hicks; Cam Juarez, Dr. Mark Stegeman.


Adelita Grijalva serves on various boards and committees in Arizona: Las Adelitas, Kappa Delta Chi Community Advisor for University of Arizona sorority, and Democratic Convention Member of the 2008 Credentials Committee. Adelita was named Arizona School Counselor Advocate of the Year in 2008. [3]

People's campaign

Arizona District Communist Party USA leader Joe Bernick wrote an article "Peoples campaign is a winning strategy" for the November 16, 2002 edition of People's World, covering the 2002 Raul Grijalva campaign.

A model peoples’ campaign in Southern Arizona swept Raul Grijalva into Congress and helped elect Democrats Janet Napolitano as governor and Terry Goddard as attorney general.
Beginning in early summer, volunteers spread out through the neighborhoods, knocking on doors, registering new voters and talking about the importance of electing candidates who will represent the interests of working people.
The campaign for one of Arizona’s two new congressional seats concentrated on the section of the district inside metropolitan Tucson consisting of the city’s predominantly Chicano South and West sides and the predominantly white neighborhoods surrounding the University of Arizona.
The Grijalva campaign energized volunteers and led to a much higher than usual voter turnout in minority neighborhoods. Arizona’s newly elected Governor, Janet Napolitano, squeaked through on the strength of these new voters. She is the first Democrat elected as Governor of Arizona since Bruce Babbitt won 20 years ago. The campaign helped many other progressive candidates get elected. Richard Elias, who ran a joint campaign with Grijalva, managed a good primary victory to succeed Grijalva as a progressive County Supervisor. Elias faced no opposition in the general election.
Adelita Grijalva, Raul’s daughter, was one of two new labor-endorsed candidates for School Board in the Tucson Unified School District. She and lawyer Bruce Burke ousted right winger Rosalie Lopez, who had been the Republican candidate against Raul Grijalva in the last County Supervisor race.

In the Sunnyside School District, another large south side district, Eva Carrillo Dong and Tony Silvain were swept into office with the support of labor and the Grijalva campaign.

"Progressive candidates"

According to Joe Bernick writing in the Peoples World, November 14, 2018.

Across the state, many progressive candidates participated and won in local races. Progressive school board members won reelection, notably, Adelita Grijalva at the Tucson Unified School District, Patrick Morales in Tempe Elementary, and Eva Carrillo Dong, unopposed at Sunnyside in Tucson.[4]

Jon Miles connection

Tuscon Communist Party USA member Jon Miles served for 22 years as a Pima County Housing Commissioner, one of few Communists who have held public offices in this era. He was originally nominated by County Supervisor Raul Grijalva, who is now in Congress, and Jon was re-appointed by three succeeding supervisors, including the latest, Adelita Grijalva, the Congressman’s daughter. The County Housing department has named a meeting room in his honor.[5]

Eva Carrillo Dong reception with communists


On Wednesday, 15 September 2010, a reception in support of Eva Carrillo Dong was held Rigo's Mexican Restaurant 2527 South 4th Avenue Tucson, AZ.

Key invitees included Salvador Barajas, Sunnyside School Board Member Magdalena Barajas, Rolande Baker, Joe Bernick, Mary Carmen Donaldson, Hon. Dan Eckstrom, County Supervisor Richard Elias, Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres, TUSD Board Member Adelita Grijalva, James Hannley, Rigoberto Lopez, Raul Nido, Laura Portillo, Manuel E. Portillo, Tucson City Council Member Regina Romero, Albert Siqueiros, Janet Valencia and Steve Valencia. Baker, Bernick, Hannley and both Valencias were all affiliated with the Arizona District Communist Party USA.[6]

Tucson JwJ affiliate

Communist Party USA member Steve Valencia, chair of Tucson Jobs with Justice sent an email out notifying of a Tucson JwJ meeting Thursday, January 12th,2012

Please plan to attend our next Jobs with Justice meeting.
Location: American Postal Workers Union office, 2937 E. 22nd Street, just west of Country Club, north side of street
1. Labor solidarity: Communication Workers of America at American Airlines, learn about the organizing campaign from

Lee Ortega, organizer and how we can help.

2. The fight to save our Cherrybell Post Office, review of rally, march and hearing to save this processing plant and solidarity with the American Postal Workers Union, Tucson Area Local
3. The fight for Jobs!

Recipients included Adelita Grijalva.[7]

Valencia connection


Adelita Grijalva with Eva Carrillo Dong and Steve Valencia.

Tuscon left representatives

Regina Romero September 20, 2018 ·


With Andres Cano, Adelita Grijalva and Eva Carrillo Dong.