Dems’ new HQ opening greeted by anti-abortion protest

David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central. Party Chairman Nick Nordgran-Tellez, third from left, snips the Graham County Chamber of Commerce ribbon officially opening the new Graham County Democratic Party headquarters Saturday.

SAFFORD — Local Democrats snipped the Graham County Chamber of Commerce ribbon, officially opening the party’s new headquarters Saturday.

“We’re pretty excited; the level (of excitement) is pretty high. And we’ve got other protestors across the street already, so it’s great,” said Nick Nordgran-Tellez, chair of the Graham County Democratic Party.

The “other protestors” were abortion foes with the group Created Equal, who stood across the street to present their anti-abortion message to passing motorists.

“They have every right to do what they’re doing (and) we have every constitutional right to do what we’re doing,” said Gary Roby. “As I’ve told you in the past, we will show everybody what abortion truly is.”

Roby added that his group is nonpartisan and will be staging their information campaign in front of the Graham County Republican headquarters this week as well

The day was peaceful on both sides of U.S. Highway 70, as visitors toured the new headquarters and volunteered to help for the general election in November.

Also on hand for the ceremony were Democratic candidates for state House Kimberly Beach-Moschetti and Ronnie Maestas-Condos, state Senate candidate Bob Karp and Corporation Commission candidate Shea Stanfield.