- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - The Cochise County Democratic Committee’s headquarters may have to close and relocate to a small trailer if they do not see an increase in member donations.

The committee is asking for 100 new recurring donors willing to give $10 a month, otherwise the headquarters will shutter Aug. 31, according to the Sierra Vista Herald (https://bit.ly/1MgNmDd). The extra donors would keep the building open through the election cycle.

A lack of funding from state Democrats and a majority Republican county has led to low coffers for years, said County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Sharon Thomas. The fact that it is not a presidential election year has also hurt donations.

“We are in an off-cycle season so people are not paying as much attention to politics and donating, even more so since we are in a red state,” Thomas said.

If the headquarters were to close, Thomas says it would not be permanent. Operations would move to a mobile headquarters in a trailer typically used for camping out in high-traffic areas and encouraging voters on the go.

“We would use our mobile campaign station should we have to close,” Thomas said. “We would survive if we closed our headquarters. However we would not have a big Democratic presence.”

The committee could reopen Jan. 1 at the start of the new political season.

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Information from: Sierra Vista Herald, https://www.svherald.com

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