Proud Tucson native Demion Clinco has been serving our community in a variety of roles for decades.
Clinco was appointed to the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission by Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup in 2007. In 2008 Clinco revived and relaunched the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, serving first as Board President and then CEO. In that role, Clinco developed numerous community-based preservation initiatives, programs, and projects including working to preserve Tucson neon signs, a model program that was replicated throughout the United States. Clinco was the primary author for numerous National Register of Historic Places individual and district nominations including the Sunshine Mile, Miracle Mile, and Indian Ridge.
Clinco was appointed to the Arizona State House of Representatives in 2014 and was the only openly LGBTQ+ member. During his time in the State House, Clinco fought against SB1062, a discriminatory bill targeting the LGBTQ+ community, worked to advance economic development legislation, and advanced a state historic tax credit program. He served on the House Financial Institutions and Government committees and Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
In 2015, Clinco was appointed to the Governing Board of Pima Community College and was elected to a full term in 2017. Clinco has served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Board throughout his term. During Clinco’s tenure on the board the college has experienced significant physical and programmatic transformations. The College received full accreditation form the Higher Learning Commission, made significant budget cuts, passed a multi million bond program to build innovative Centers of Excellence in workforce training aligned with Arizona industry needs. These efforts have resulted in numerous national awards and recognitions for innovation including a half dozen nominations for the Bellwether College Consortium. Clinco worked to successfully champion legislation favorable to the college, obtain significant state project funding and supported a voter initiative to expand the College expenditure limit. In 2021 Clinco received the Trustee Leadership Award from the national Association of Community College Trustees and received an award of recognition from fellow board members in 2022.
Clinco has served on numerous foundation and nonprofit boards including the Board of Directors of Archeology Southwest and The Gregory School. Demion is a small business owner of a successful health care company, Catalina In-Home Services.