Cordova, Porr, Renzi Face Off For Seat In Congress


The field of 15 candidates wanting to represent Payson and the rest of Congressional District One has been narrowed to three.

Tuesday's primary reduced voters' choices in the race to one Democrat, one Libertarian and one Republican: George Cordova, Edwin Porr and Rick Renzi, respectively.

Cordova, 36, of Payson, was born in Mexico and immigrated to Arizona at the age of 5 with his family.

He wants to bring economic development and new jobs to rural communities so young people do not have to leave home to find work. He also wants to improve healthcare coverage and services for seniors and veterans and to protect and guarantee Social Security benefits. He plans to fight for immediate prescription drug coverage.

Renzi, 44, of Flagstaff, spent a large part of his childhood and teen years in southern Arizona where his father served in the military. He attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and started his business career there.

He wants to reduce taxes and stimulate Arizona's rural economy and create jobs.

Attending law school in Washington, D.C., Renzi worked with Arizona's Congressional delegation.

Longtime name recognition in various parts of the new district proved no benefit to Democrat Stephen Udall and Republicans Bruce Whiting, Lewis Tenney and Alan Everett.

The Legislative District Five race will have Democrats Bill Jeffers and Claudia Maestas facing Republicans Jake Flake and Bill Konopnicki. Incumbent Republican Representative Debra Brimhall lost her primary bid for a slot on the Nov. 5 general election ballot, earning only 23 percent of the vote to Flake's 43 percent and Konopnicki's 33 percent.

Legislative District Five Senator Jack Brown, a Democrat, ran unopposed by any other Democrat and has no Republican competition for the general election.

The governor's race will have Democrat Janet Napolitano facing Republican Matt Salmon and Libertarian Barry Hess.

In the runoff for secretary of state, the candidates are Chris Cummiskey, Democrat; Sean Nottingham, Libertarian; and Jan Brewer, Republican.

The attorney general race will be between Terry Goddard, Democrat; Ed Kahn, Libertarian; and Andrew Thomas, Republican.

The race for state superintendent of public instruction will have Jay Blanchard, Democrat, John Zajac, Libertarian, and Tom Horne, Republican.

Vying for the two, two-year terms on the corporation commission are Democrats George Cunningham and Roland James and Republicans Jeff Hatch-Miller and Mike Gleason. In the contest for the one, four-year term on the commission are James Walsh, Democrat, and Jim Irvin, Republican, and an incumbent.

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