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It’s that time again, when I write up my election endorsements. Anyone who’s read this column knows I’m a strong Democrat, so it should come as no surprise I’m supporting Democrats all the way down the line. However, to those of you who vote for both Democrats and Republicans, here are a few reasons to favor the D’s this time around.
While Congressional District 1 is the 10th largest in the nation, and has one of the most diverse populations – both Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) and challenger Ariz. House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) agree that the majority of the district is rural and the needs of constituents are common.
Candidates for the U.S. House seat in Arizona’s First Congressional District are debating in Northwest Tucson on Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the theater at Mountain View High School at Thornydale and Linda Vista.
Three Republican candidates—House Speaker Andy Tobin, state Rep. Adam Kwasman and rancher/businessman Gary Kiehne—are vying for the chance to take on Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s Congressional District 1, a sprawling district that includes most of rural Eastern Arizona and stretches from Oro Valley, Marana, SaddleBrooke to Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona Native American reservations.
The ballot set to run in the August Primary Election took shape in Arizona on May 28, as candidates worked to submit the required signatures to officially run.
The tape is slowly being stripped away as each new advertisement appears on television, and yes, we all know that in the months to come, the gloves will come off in the political arena.
Contending one and maybe two congressional races were stolen from them, Republican legislators have approved a measure to finesse election laws to keep out the Libertarians who they say are taking votes from their candidates.
With the high number of provisional and mail-in ballots last week, the state had more than 600,000 votes to count after the Nov. 6 General Election. In Pima County, election crews spent the last week going through nearly 80,000 ballots.
When the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission created Congressional District 1 last year, many couldn’t believe the size. CD1, which was created because of the state’s increase in population, is by far one of the largest congressional districts in the nation, and there are two candidates wanting to run it.
The national Veterans and Military Families for Progress organization announced today it is endorsing Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s Congressional District 1 in recognition of her support of veteran, active duty, guard, reserve, and military family issues.
Republican Jonathon Paton, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, and Libertarian Kim Allen, each running for U.S. Congress, District 1, met on Monday night at the Legacy Traditional School in Marana to debate federal, state, and local issues.
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission will host a debate for House of Representative and Senate candidates in Legislative District 9 at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. The debate will be at the Pima Community College Downtown Campus located at 1255 N. Stone Avenue in Tucson.
Democrat Nancy Young Wright received the nod of approval from former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt on Wednesday.
If Ann Kirkpatrick wants to win back her seat in Congress, she’s eventually going to have to face CD1 voters in a public setting. As a candidate for Federal office, you’d think that Kirkpatrick would want to address the people she’d be representing in Congress. Yet, so far, Kirkpatrick has refused to attend nearly every public event hosted for the CD1 Congressional candidates, including forums and debates. Her campaign has cited “scheduling conflicts” as the reason for her non-appearance. However, I am convinced that this pattern stems more from Kirkpatrick not wanting to answer questions about her record in Congress than having a conflicting campaign schedule.
Kirkpatrick running from record
Jonathan Paton’s military service, combat experience in Iraq and support for the troops and veterans has earned him the support of Move America Forward, one of the nation’s largest grassroots, pro-troops organizations.
The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced that Jonathan Paton has reached ‘Young Gun’ status, the top tier of the Committee’s four-level ‘Young Gun’ recruitment program. Founded during the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the ‘Young Guns’ program is a Member-driven effort that is the primary method for recruiting strong candidates for both open-seat and challenger races. Paton is running for Arizona’s First Congressional District.
We are just a couple weeks away from seeing which primary election candidates will move on to the General Election, and which ones will be finished. Early in the primary season, The Explorer said we would not be endorsing candidates, but with that stressed we would point out good points and faults in candidates who are running. We will stick to that. We will not say who you should vote for, but we are going to stick to the promise to make a few observations.
Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, a candidate in Arizona’s Congressional District 1, today is launching an “Arizona Values, Arizona First” tour in the final two weeks before the Aug. 28 primary as part of her ongoing efforts to talk with voters about issues that matter.
The White Mountain Independent, a top news source for Eastern Arizona communities including Show Low, Holbrook, St. Johns and Snowflake, endorsed Congressional District 1 candidate Ann Kirkpatrick on Friday.
Congressional District 1 Republican candidate Jonathan Paton continues to be a favorite in the primary race where he is running against Patrick Gatti and Doug Wade.
With the Primary Election just around the corner, area groups and organizations are working to give voters an opportunity to meet the candidates.
Name: Jonathan Paton
Five candidates are competing to become the supervisor for District 1 in Pima County after current supervisor Ann Day steps down later this year.
Name: Ann Kirkpatrick