Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tucson Republican to Run for CD1 Seat

The Tucson Sentinel reports that Tucson Republican Jonathon Paton has announced that he is running for Congress in the re-designed First Congressional District. The district now stretches from Oro Valley—just north of Tucson—to the Utah Border.

Paton is a former state legislator who will possibly face former state Rep. Bill Konopnicki and former Corporation Commissioner Gary Price in the Republican primary.

Payton served in the Arizona Legislature from 2004 to 2010. He ran for Congress in District 8 in 2010, but lost the GOP primary to Jesse Kelly, who lost to Gabrielle Giffords in the general election.

After Paton left the Legislature to run for Congress, he lobbyed for the payday loan industry.

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and Wenona Benally Baldenegro will run in the Democratic primary for Congressional District 1.

Current District 1 Congressman Paul Gosar has announced that he is moving from Flagstaff to Prescott to run in the newly aligned Congressional District 4.

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