Flagstaff, AZ – What do a dentist, a lawyer and an artist have in common? They all want to be the next congressman in Arizona's first district. There are a total of eight Republican contenders running in the primary Tuesday. They share a lot of the same conservative ideals but as Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports a couple stand out as front runners.
All of the CD-1 challengers say the country's in trouble and they can do something about it.
Last week, a Flagstaff City Council member hosted a meet and greet for State House candidate Tom Chabin. Chabin was appointed to the post in 2007, then elected a year later. He says his 20 years living on the reservation and his time on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, prepared him to represent the diverse district.
"I'm going to continue to serve native America as I always have. My fundamental position all along is everybody is a citizen of Arizona. "
Flagstaff, AZ – All four candidates are members of the Navajo Nation, and two are former state representatives: Sylvia Laughter and Jack Jackson, Jr. Laughter served three terms, Jackson one. Jackson says if he's elected he'll make education funding a priority.
"Everybody talks about investing in our kids. We need to be able to do that by providing more funding for education."
Opponent Sylvia Laughter also says she'll work to protect state funding to northern Arizona.
Flagstaff, AZ – Here's how incumbent and House Majority Whip Andy Tobin of Paulden describes his top priority in a radio ad.
"When more of us are able to work and support our families, our economy will come back. That's why I'm calling for the legislature to go back into session right away to create a business friendly environment."
Flagstaff, AZ – This morning the US Senate passed a $600 million measure to help border agents and law officers stop the flow of illegal immigrants and illicit drugs across the Mexican border. President Obama is expected to sign the bill tomorrow. Northern Arizona Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick told Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker why she thinks the legislation is important.