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We Are D5 Monthly Newsletter

February 2022

Welcome to the We Are D5 Monthly Newsletter! Our mission of this newsletter is to demystify the role of local government in our community and keep you up to date with County politics. As a life long resident of District 5 and now as Pima County Supervisor, it has always been vital to our shared community to know what's going on in our community and how everyone can get involved. Please share widely with your community and as always, please reach out to our team at with any questions or concerns.  


Stay safe,


The People of District 5

Youth Spotlight


Prince Mugisha:

Prince is a sophomore at Tucson High Magnet School with a 4.0 GPA. He is a member of the African American Culture Club, Basketball team, Football team and track team. He is a campus leader with a passion for athletics. He is not only very active on campus, but also in his church and the Congolese community where his father is a pastor. He plans to study business in college where he would like to make a global impact via international finance, politics, and human rights.


Tamia Clardy:

Tamia Clardy is a senior at Tucson High Magnet school. She is captain of the girls basketball team, president of the African American Culture Club and member of student council. She is an exceptional student and plans to go to Tennesse State University (a Historical Black College and University) and play basketball. She and her parents are active in the Black community where her father is a business owner and entrepreneur. 

If you know a young person in our community who you think should be highlighted, please email and nominate a youth!

Women's Spotlight
A section to celebrate important women in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona State, United States.

Joyce Holsey

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  • Received a Master's degree in education of the visually impaired at Hunter College

  • First African American woman to graduate from the University of Arizona Law School in 1971

  • First African American woman admitted to the Arizona State Bar

  • Worked at Southern Arizona Legal Aid for 25 years

  • Member of the American Women Lawyers Association and American Blind Lawyers Association

  • Selected to be a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor limited to 10% of attorneys admitted to the State Bar


Elgie Mike Batteau


Joyce Holsey and her husband, Dr. William Holsey in the early 1990s. Arizona Historical Society, PC 1000, #96195.


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  • Received a Master's degree in Special Education 

  • Considered one of the first African-American women to graduate from the University of Arizona 

  • Taught at Dunbar School

  • Taught special education at what is now Pueblo Magnet High School

  • First African-American to serve on Pima Community College Governing Board





Business Spotlight: Zemam's, Too!


Zemam's is a family-owned business and the first Ethiopan restaurant in Tucson. The original was founded in 1993 by Amanuel Gebremariam who came to the U.S. as a refugee. In 2014, the family expanded their business and opened a second restaurant, Zemam's, too!. The Broadway location is temporarily closed due to construction, but check out the newer restaurant at 119 East Speedway. Vegan and gluten-free options available.


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February is Love of Reading here in Tucson!! Love of Reading is an opportunity to read to the children in our community and encourage literacy and, well, a love for reading! I will visit all District 5 elementary schools by the end of March. It has been a lot of fun already and the students are a joy! Thank you to all the schools so far that let me read to their students for Love of Reading:

- Bloom Elementary School

- Carrillo K-5 Magnet School

C.E. Rose PreK-8 School

Elvira Elementary School

Grijalva Elementary School

Hollinger K-8 School

Lawrence 3-8 School

Lynn-Urquides Elementary School

Miller Elementary School

White Elementary School

COVID-19 Updates

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For the most up to date information on COVID-19, vaccinations, boosters, and testing, please visit the Pima County Health Department's website.

Policy Updates

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Black History Month

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The Board of Supervisors proclaimed February "Black History Month in Pima County"!

Thank you Dr. Cheree Meeks, President of the NAACP Tucson Branch for your words at the meeting! #BlackHistoryMonth

"Without Black history, we miss the ·fullness of American history. Black Americans have propelled our country forward in every chapter of our nation's story. Black history is made every day. Although we designate this month as Black History Month, do not be confined to celebrating, honoring, and uplifting the experiences of Black American to the short month of February. Teach Black history- the accomplishments and stories of triumph, but the full history, which sadly includes oppression, discrimination, and trauma experienced by Black Americans. There is still much hard work to be done, and so much history yet to learn from, to be made and to be celebrated. Thank you for this Proclamation: Black History Month in Pima County!"

- Dr. Cheree Meeks

Explore District 5 and Learn About the Sonoran Desert!


They're in! The D5 Coloring Book and Explore D5 Map arrived fresh off the press! D5 wants to encourage everyone to get outdoors and #ExploreD5!

 Email us at to request copies. #SomosD5 #WeAreD5!

February Photos

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