SWAG for 2014 (Congress)


ArizonaTime once again for the Silly Wild Ass Guess (SWAG) list of candidates running for Congress in 2014. Things just got interesting last week with the unexpected retirement of Congressman Ed Pastor (CD 7).


Ann Kirkpatrick (D) – Incumbent

Gary Kiehne (R) rancher and businessman

Andrew “Andy” Tobin (R) House Speaker LD1

Adam Kwasman (R) State representative LD11

Jim Brown (R) (now running in CD 2)


Ronald “Ron” Barber (D) Incumbent

Martha McSally (R) retired USAF officer, 2012 candidate

Edward “Ed” Martin (R) Tucson talk radio host and Tea Party activist (withdrawn)

Shelley Kais (R) President of Kais E Systems, Inc.

Charles Wooten (R) Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

Jim Brown (R) retired businessman


Raúl Grijalva (D) Incumbent

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (R) Tea Party activist and 2012 candidate

Miguel “Mike” Olivas (R) ex-congressional aide and perennial candidate

Jaime Alfredo Vasquez (R) general comtreactor and 2012 candidate (withdrawn)

Damien Kennedy (R) graphic designer


Paul Gosar (R) Incumbent

Mikel Weisser (D) poet, artist, Democratic activist, 2012 candidate


Matthew “Matt” Salmon (R) Incumbent

James Isaac Woods (D)

James Alan “Jim” Samuelson (IND)


David Schweikert (R) Incumbent


Note: With the recent retirement of Congressman Ed Pastor, there is rampant speculation about who is in and who is out in what could be a very crowded primary. I do not buy the scenario being hyped by The Arizona Republic(an) that Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (CD9) will change districts.

Edward “Ed” Pastor (D) Incumbent (retired)

Cesar Chavez (D) No, not that César Chávez; filed with the FEC

Mary Rose Wilcox (D) Maricopa County Supervisor – announced

Steve Gallardo (D) State senator LD29 – announced

Ruben Gallego (D) State representative LD27 – announced

Catherine Miranda (D) State representative LD27

Chad Campbell (D) House Minority Leader LD24

Anna Tovar (D) Senate Minority Leader LD19

Laura Pastor (D) Phoenix City Council, and daughter of Ed Pastor

Michael Nowakowski (D) Phoenix City Council

Daniel Valenzuela (D) Phoenix City Council

Rev. Jarret Maupin (D) African-American activist


Trent Franks (R) Incumbent

Helmuth Hack (R) land surveyor and 2012 candidate (withdrawn)


Kyrsten Sinema (D) Incumbent

Vernon Parker (R) former Paradise Valley Mayor and 2012 candidate (running for ACC)

Wendy Rogers (R) retired USAF officer and 2012 candidate

Andrew Walter (R) retired former pro football player

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