Vowing to take on the Republican leadership over unfair tax reform, trashing the environment, and sabotaging education, Congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick said it’s time for a Democrat to represent Tucson in Washington.
She got a warm welcome at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on Monday.
“My focus is on holding (House majority leader) Paul Ryan accountable,” she said. “He is complicit. We have a slight chance of taking back the majority in the House, and we could be a check on Trump and hold him responsible.”
Kirkpatrick is considered the favorite by national news outlets in the crowded Democratic race to take back Congressional District 2. “Hillary won by 5 points in this district, and it should be a Democratic seat,” she said. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named Kirkpatrick in its Red to Blue program, which highlights strong Democratic candidates and opens doors to donors.
Kirkpatrick has the endorsement of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Rep. Ruben Gallego, EMILY’s List and End Citizens United.
Posted in Congress, Economics, Education, Elections, Healthcare, Taxes
Tagged Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona, Billy Kovacs, Bruce Wheeler, health insurance, Lea Marquez Peterson, Mary Matiella, Matt Heinz
400 Democratic primary voters turned out at the candidate forum at Rincon High School.
Illustrating the intense interest among Democrats in ousting Martha McSally from Congress, 400 people turned out to hear five Democratic congressional candidates at a forum organized by the progressive PAC Represent Me AZ.
A show of hands revealed that the audience was made up of primary voters. They showed up on a Thursday evening 10 months prior to the primary, looking for the candidate who can recapture the District 2 seat in Tucson.
And it may turn out that McSally will bail on re-election as she considers running for Flake’s Senate seat.
All the Democratic candidates supported a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, allowing women on Medicaid to use Planned Parenthood, restoring funding for the Affordable Care Act, requiring a background check for gun purchases, and opposing changes to boundaries of national monuments.
As a precinct committeeman, I listened for a candidate who would most interest voters on door-to-door visits. Here’s my take.
Candidates who have been elected to office
Bruce Wheeler is the candidate with the most-clearly expressed platform. He emphasized his support for Medicare for all. “Each one of us knows someone that’s on Medicare. It works, it’s efficient, and it’s cost-effective. It’s already covering the most expensive section of the population, and by making it universal we strengthen it,” he said.
Calling for action on climate change, Wheeler said, “it is an existential issue, a ticking time bomb. Every year we go backwards is robbing future generations of a healthy planet.”
Among all the candidates running for Congress in Tucson, no one but Bruce Wheeler can say that he’s been elected three times from the district. That is the #1 reason that he can beat Martha McSally.
“I understand the district,” he said at a home reception in my own Precinct 238. “This is the district where Hillary won by 15,000 votes.”
Indeed, Wheeler was a state representative for Tucson from 1975-1977, a Tucson City Council member from 1987-1995, and state representative again from 2011 to 2017.
This gives him name recognition, which will be backed up by a door-to-door initiative and a social media campaign. Wheeler knows how to win elections.
It also gives him a leg up on other candidates like carpetbagger Ann Kirkpatrick – who has the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and ex-Congressman Ron Barber – and candidate Mary Matiella, who has the backing of Bill Roe, the First Vice Chairman of the AZ Democratic Party.
2. McSally is vulnerable this year, especially because she voted against health insurance for 22 million Americans. “I am absolutely convinced she will be defeated,” Wheeler said. “She is an enabler for Donald Trump’s policies.”
Wheeler favors Medicare for all. Continue reading
Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission held 2 debates recently in Southern Arizona. The LD 9 House debate was held at PCC Northwest campus on Oct. 14 and the LD 10 Senate & House debates were held at PCC District Office on Oct. 18.
LD 9: Rep.Randy Friese (D), Pam Powers Hannley (D) and Ana Henderson (R), seeking 2 House seats.
Rep. Matt Kopec (D), who was appointed to this seat in January, was defeated in the Democratic primary on August 30 by Hannley. State Senator Steve Farley in LD 9 is running unopposed.
Watch LD 9 video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVUJdERwUAM&feature=share
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged Ana Henderson, Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Bruce Wheeler, David Bradley, Kirsten Engel, LD 9, LD10, Matt Kopec, Pam Powers Hannley, Randall Phelps, Randy Friese, Stefanie Mach, Steve Farley, Todd Clodfelter
Press release from Professor Kirsten Engel:
UA Law Professor Kirsten Engel
Kirsten Engel, a professor at the University of Arizona College of Law and the former Academic Dean, has launched her campaign for State Representative for Arizona Legislative District 10. A Democrat, Engel is running for the seat that will be vacated by House Minority Whip Bruce Wheeler with his endorsement.
“I have been honored to serve LD 10 and to fight for Southern Arizona. Kirsten Engel is a fantastic choice to continue my work” said Wheeler. “Kirsten is a highly qualified candidate whose passion for public education and the environment, together with her legal know-how and proven leadership abilities, will be great assets to the District.”
Asked why she decided to run for the State House, Engel was matter-of-fact: “The State is facing a crisis in education; from K-12, to JTED, to community colleges, to our world-renowned Universities. As the mom of a child in public school, as a lawyer and as a university teacher, I felt I could represent the interests of those most disadvantaged by the Republican legislature’s failure to fund education adequately. I’m running to make the case that an investment in education means a better economy for all Arizonans.”
Engel lives in Tucson with her husband Scott Saleska, who also teaches at the University of Arizona, their 11-year old daughter, and two dogs, Gracie and Zoey. Kirsten’s parents live down the street.
“I’m excited to use my skills and passion to make a difference for kids and working families here in Southern Arizona,” Engel said. “Tucson has become our family’s home; there’s so much we can do in Arizona if we had better leadership.” Engel recently served as the Academic Dean of the University’s Law College, a position she used to help expand programs and opportunities for students.
Engel is just as passionate about the environment, extolling the necessity of protecting our water and landscapes, and the opportunity for using Arizona’s natural resource of sunny skies to build an economic future in sustainable energy. “We all know that our future living in the desert requires us to preserve and enhance our state’s resources. This is serious business; we can’t afford to wait.”
Engel’s official campaign kickoff is Friday January 22nd, for details or to learn more about her candidacy and stance on the issues you can visit www.EngelForArizona.com. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org, FB page :https://www.facebook.com/EngelForArizona/?fref=ts
Carolyn’s note: Current LD 10 House rep. Bruce Wheeler will not be seeking re-election. The other LD 10 House Rep. Stefanie Mach is seeking re-election. Activist Courtney Frogge has already announced her candidacy, so there will be three candidates (so far) in the August 30, 2016 Democratic primary for these 2 House seats.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged Arizona House of Representatives, Bruce Wheeler, Courtney Frogge, Kirsten Engel, LD 10 House, Scott Saleska, Stefanie Mach, UA Law School