Governor Makes Last-Minute Push For Democratic Candidates

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Rim country residents turned out for coffee and doughnuts, and a visit with Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano Sunday morning. The governor, accompanied by State Attorney General Terry Goddard, made a flying trip through rural Arizona to garner support for Democratic candidates seeking election.

More than 300 attended the event at Green Valley Park, which was decked with red, white and blue balloons, yard signs, and banners.

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Gov. Janet Napolitano stopped at the Northern Gila County Democratic Headquarters after her rally in Green Valley Park on Sunday. The governor visited with about 20 headquarter volunteers and a number of candidates.

Gila County Democratic party chairman, Mark Reza, introduced candidates running for various offices from the county to national level.

Mary Kuzell-Babbitt spoke on behalf of her husband, Paul, who is seeking the seat for the first congressional district against incumbent Rick Renzi.

Cameron Udall is seeking the Arizona State Senate seat being vacated by Jack Brown, due to term limit restrictions. Jack Brown is hoping to fill one of two seats up for grabs in the Arizona House of Representatives. Mark Manoil and Nina Trasoff, two Democratic candidates vying for corporation commission positions, also spoke.

Incumbent Gila County Sheriff John Armer was introduced, as was Roger Freeman, candidate for constable, and Armida Bittner, running for re-election as Gila County superintendent of schools.

The governor spoke about the importance of the many issues facing rural Arizona, and the approaches the candidates she is supporting will take to face these issues. The intent of the gathering was to give residents an opportunity to meet the candidates.

Those needing a ride to the polls on Tuesday are encouraged to call Democratic Party Headquarters at (928) 474-3227.

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