Arizona Primary Election
Might Tinge Arizona Purple
Democrats Seek To Take Majority In House In November As Well Known Candidates Vie For Seats; GOP Prepares To Fight
By Joey Hancock
Modern Times Magazine
Aug. 27, 2018 — Democrats are looking to take over the house this fall.
Arizona is prime battleground in the larger national battle as well known Arizona candidates seek seats but the Republicans won’t go down without a fight as the primaries near on Aug. 28.
Here’s a review of several important races for the US House of Representatives.
U.S. House Races
District 2 (D) – Matt Heinz, Ann Kirkpatrick, Billy Kovacs, Mary Matiella, Barbara Sherry, Bruce Wheeler and Yahya Yuksel
Arizona’s District 2 Democratic primary race is a crowded one with seven candidates running for the office. The office opened up in January, when Martha McSally announced her run for the U.S. Senate.
The front runners in District 2 are currently Matt Heinz and Ann Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick, the former representative of Arizona’s 1st Congressional District is arguing that she can be the candidate to work with Republicans to pass legislation, while Heinz is arguing the same due to his experience in the state Legislature from 2009 to 2013.
Heinz has been criticizing Kirkpatrick for her record on guns, healthcare and the environment, with his current advertisements ending with, “Ann Kirkpatrick: Not from here. Not progressive,” according to Ballotpedia.
On the other side Kirkpatrick is criticizing Heinz for the some of the same ideas including Heinz’s record on guns, healthcare and childcare.
Heinz has attempted remove Kirkpatrick from the ballot due to her residential address on her nominating petition, but a judge ruled in Kirkpatrick’s favor allowing her to remain.
Kirkpatrick has vowed to fight for DACA recipients and the LGBT community, vote against cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and to protect abortion rights. In a recent debate she said, “Donald Trump’s presidency is a walking anxiety attack,” according to a report by Tucson.com.
Heinz has said his personal approach to politics focuses on partisanship, according to the report by Tucson.com.
District 7 (D) - Ruben Gallego, Catherine Miranda
Ruben Gallego is the incumbent representative for Arizona’s 7th District and will face off against Catherine Miranda in the Aug. 28 primary.
Miranda is a former assistant principal of Palm Lake Elementary School in Phoenix.
When announcing her run Miranda said, “In this political climate, CD7 deserves a representative that puts ego and partisanship aside to get things done,” according to Ballotpedia.
Gallego responded to Miranda, saying he was “eager to have an opportunity to demonstrate the difference between a progressive fighting for working people and an anti-choice, corporate-sponsored politician who endorsed Doug Ducey and stood by while he gutted public education,” according to Ballotpedia.
Gallego has spoken out against many of Trump’s policies in recent weeks, introducing a resolution to affirm congressional support of the free press, demanding an investigation into reports of physical and sexual abuse of migrant children, and making statements on the passage of National Defense Authorization Act and on Trump’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin, according to press releases by Gallego office.
Miranda has received many awards for her work in the community, receiving the NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award for her work in the Latino community. She has served six years on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and was awarded the Valle Del Sol Profiles of Success Exemplary Leadership award in 2017, according to Miranda’s website.
Miranda says on her website, “You deserve someone who will put partisan politics aside, and get things done. I grew up in your community, and I know firsthand the challenges that your families face.”
District 9 (D) – Talia Fuentes, Greg Stanton
Former 9th District Rep. Sinema announced her bid for the U.S. Senate in September 2017, opening up the door for a new representative to take her place.
Greg Stanton, former Phoenix mayor, is the sole person running for this office in the primary.
Talia Fuentes, founder and CEO of the tech startup company Unite Congress, recently withdrew from the race.
Stanton’s focus is on creating jobs and a strong local economy, according to his website.
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