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In a rematch of a razor-close 2012 congressional race, Democratic Congressman Ron Barber is in a fight for his political life against Republican challenger Martha McSally, a retired A-10 pilot who nearly beat him two years ago.
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.
Vince Leach, a SaddleBrooke resident, has served on an advocacy group for the SaddleBrooke residents, worked for Arizona Corporate Commission and has been actively involved in politics as an activist and supporter in the county government and state legislature. He is running for the first time for an elected office this year. Leach has decided to run in order to be more involved and active in resolving community and state issues. The top three priorities if Leach were elected are improving education to increase job growth, lowering taxes and lowering regulations.
Dave Sitton died of a heart attack early Monday morning. The longtime University of Arizona broadcaster, rugby coach, and GOP Congressional District 1 candidate was 58 years old.
On Jan. 8, Tucsonans will reflect on the mass shooting that occurred two years ago at a local Safeway shopping center where a gunman opened fired into a crowd that had gathered for a congressional event hosted by then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The ballots for the November election have hit voters’ mailboxes, so it’s endorsement time. I don’t have enough space to cover the entire ballot in any detail, so I’m focusing on one race -- Pima County Supervisor, District One -- and one initiative -- Prop 204. Then I’ll do a quick run through other candidates on the ballot.
Republican Adam Kwasman, a Tucson native, is looking to take his knowledge in economics, finance, and legislative process into the Arizona House of Representatives, District 11, come the Nov. 6 General Election.
Five candidates are competing to become the supervisor for District 1 in Pima County after current supervisor Ann Day steps down later this year.
Five candidates are running in the newly-created Congressional District 1 in Arizona with hopes of taking a seat with the U.S. House of Representatives.
State Rep. Vic Williams reported the most cash on hand compared to the other three Republicans running for the Pima County Board of Supervisors District 1 seat.
Jesse Kelly said he will not be running in Congressional District 2, setting up a showdown between newly-elected Ron Barber and political newcomer Martha McSally.
With staff in place, Barber opens offices in Tucson and Sierra Vista
Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made a public appearance on behalf of Democratic Congressional District 8 candidate Ron Barber on Saturday at the Rialto Theater. The duo, along with Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly, promoted a “Get Out the Vote” concert, which featured Kevin Pakulis, Salvador Duran, Sergio Mendoza y La Orkest, and special appearances from Joey Burns and Jacob Valenzuela of the band Calexico.
As early ballots were counted and GOP candidate Jesse Kelly lost his early lead in the special Congressional District 8 race, the Republican said the voters have spoken and he respects that.
With 86.36 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Ron Barber holds a comanding lead over GOP challenger Jesse Kelly in the special election for Congressional District 8.
Next week, what’s left of voters who did not take advantage of the early ballot will head to the polls for the special election in Congressional District 8. Luckily for the residents of Oro Valley and Marana they will only be represented by the winner of this election for just over six months. The campaign between Ron Barber and Jesse Kelly says a lot about how the winner will represent the district once he is in Washington. Both candidates have been extremely negative in their campaigning. Winning may be important, but the constant negative ads from them, the organizations that support them and in every other campaign is getting out of hand.
Kelly is right about engergy
With the special election for Congressional District 8 just days away, early voting may prove to be the decider in the race to finish former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ term.
Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will join Ron Barber, her former aide, at a concert to get out the vote for the June 12 CD8 special election next week.
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The candidates running in the special election to replace former Rep. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords blamed each other last week for the negative ads being run by each campaign.
Barber doesn’t play political games
When it comes to the special election to replace retired Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Congressional District 8, I’ve heard a couple statements that have got me to thinking. First, a SaddleBrooke resident told me after reading some political statements having to do with the CD8 race between Ron Barber and Jesse Kelly, “Thelma, I don’t know who to believe.” She keeps up with current events, is responsible in voting and is a good citizen, and yet, she’s put in this position of not knowing who is telling the truth anymore. Her problem is not uncommon, as many voters see the television ads, hear the radio shows, the rhetoric, the back and forth politicking, and they wonder if what they are hearing is the truth.