It is a powerful field among the candidates seeking the U.S. Senate seat now held by incumbent John McCain. The Aug. 24 primary election will determine the four candidates that will proceed to the General Election in November.
The field includes three Republicans, four Democrats and one each of from the Green and Libertarian parties.
A shooting match, consistent with Arizona's own OK Corral, is rapidly heating up between McCain and J.D. Hayworth. Conservative Jim Deakin may be a spoiler in that fight.
Rodney Glassman jumped in early and became the Democratic frontrunner, but will have a challenge from Napolitano appointee and former Coconino County Administrator Cathy Eden, investigative reporter John Dougherty and Randy Parraz.
The Senate incumbent, John McCain was first elected to the U.S. House in 1982, and served two terms until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986.
The son and grandson of Navy admirals, McCain also had a Navy career serving 22 years as an aviator. During a bombing mission in Vietnam, a missile struck his plane forcing him to eject. He broke both legs and an arm and became a prisoner of war in the Hanoi Hilton.
McCain was subsequently honored with a Bronze Star, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross.
McCain is known for his battle as a Senate watchdog on "pork," wasteful spending. He is a ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, serves on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Health Education, Labor and Pensions, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the committee on Indian Affairs.
McCain became the Republican candidate President in 2008 but lost to another senator, Barack Obama.
John David "J.D." Hayworth of Phoenix was a radio sportscaster who was elected to the U.S. House as part of the "Republican Revolution" after defeating Democrat Karan English in then-District 6 and later CD 5. Like many in the movement, Hayworth was an ardent conservative who continually supported stronger border security.
He served from 1995 through 2007. In 2006, he considered running for governor against Janet Napolitano, but decided instead to keep his Senate seat.
Then Hayworth was a host for a radio talk show host until he resigned to run for the Senate this year.
Hayworth earned a bachelors degree in communications and political science at North Carolina State University.
He is the only Arizona Representative to have ever served on the Ways and Means Committee.
Jim Deakin is U.S. Navy veteran and an Tea Party supporter and activist, who has become something of a spoiler in the fierce battle between McCain and Hayworth, carving 7 percentage points off the Republican voter support.
Sworn to uphold the Constitution, Deakin says, "The first question we should always ask, "Is it constitutional?'"
He has recommended closing military bases overseas. He said "taxes in general are legalized plunder."
Deakin served on board the Reuben James FFG 57 during the Ronald Reagan administration, where he was on the fire brigade and was called to action to battle a blaze onboard an adjacent vessel. Subsequent to an explosion of a boiler mechanism, Jim faced danger head-on during the rescue of two of his shipmates. Jim's courage was acknowledged by his superiors and he was also assigned to the security detail where extensive training was directed toward repelling those who might attempt to forcibly board the vessel.
After his honorable discharge, Jim joined the ranks of one of the Fortune 100 companies, advancing into management. With the arrival of the new millennium, Jim ventured out and began a successful career designing, building and installing fire safety systems for industry.
Deakin says, "It's time for a change, time for a new patriot, a new American hero. It's time for a constitutional conservative to represent the people of Arizona and the American Person.
Jim Deakin says he is not from an "elite' politically-connected family, but an everyday, average, honest, dedicated, hard working individual. Deakin vowed to listen to the voters once in Washington.
He is an husband, and father of three.
Deakin told voters recently he deserves the opportunity to move forward in the primary, stating Hayworth talks a good game, but doesn't follow through with his promises.
"We don't have time for the politics of fear," says freelance investigative reporter John Dougherty, who promises to initiate fact-based solutions to America's problems, from environmental collapse to immigration reform to paying for two wars overseas.
As a long-time investigative journalists, Dougherty has exposed corruption and held Arizona's most powerful politicians and government agencies accountable for more than 25 years.
His investigations and articles have played a role in shaping Arizona's political history. At the Dayton Daily News in 1989, he uncovered the Keating Five scandal, prompting a congressional investigation that nearly ended Sen. McCain's career during his first Senate term. In 2004, Dougherty reported on the bootlegging roots of McCain's wife's family liquor business.
His reporting on Arizona Gov. Fife Symington in the early 1990s foreshadowed Symington's conviction and resignation from office in 1997. Dougherty's series on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio exposed his corruption years before the ongoing federal grand jury investigation. And his reporting on polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs described a litany of criminal abuses long before Jeffs was convicted and imprisoned.
Dougherty's consistent focus on government accountability has laid the groundwork for entry into politics. He promises to bring the same fact-driven determination to the halls of Congress that drove his reporting as he exposed some of the corrupt practices that have driven America to the brink of financial ruin.
Eden is the director of the ASU School of Social Work and is a former two-term state legislator (LD 25, now LD 15) from the Phoenix area. She has a B.S. in political science from Arizona State University, an M.S. in sociology/public administration from Northern Arizona University, and a PhD. in organization and management from Capella University, Minneapolis. She also holds a certificate from the John F. Kennedy Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard.
Eden was appointed director of Executive Education at Arizona State University School of Public Affairs in February 2006.
Before the ASU post and since May 2000, Cathy served as director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, one of the largest departments in Arizona State Government with more than 1,800 employees and a budget of more than $2 billion.
From 1988 to 1991, she was director of Department of Administration, chairing the Governor's Cabinet.
In Northern Arizona she was Coconino County manager for five years and was instrumental in establishing the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or AHCCCS.
Eden says, "I have outlined four goals that will define the foundation of my campaign for the U S Senate. They include: 1) Job Creation through targeted tax credits to create one million new private sector jobs in manufacturing and construction, 2) Energy Independence with an emphasis on building ten 500 megawatt solar power plants and other clean energy solutions, 3) Bringing the troops home from Afghanistan and 4) Deficit Reduction with an eventual Balanced Budget."
Glassman hails from California but came to Arizona in 1997. At the age of 23, Glassman started his own nonprofit group called the Glassman Foundation to do charitable work throughout southern Arizona. He volunteered for Raul Grijalva's congressional campaign in 2002, after which he went to D.C. to be part of the congressman's legislative staff.
His time in D.C. was limited, since he returned to Arizona to get his PhD in arid land resources at the University of Arizona which continuing his formal duties on the congressman's staff.
Glassman then pursued a law degree at U of A. During that period, a spot on the Tucson City Council opened and persuaded to run for the post, he left Grijalva's office and announced his candidacy during his second year of law school in 2006.
The actual election took place in 2007 and his admission to the Arizona Bar took place in May 2008. Still, he decided to join the Air Force to become a JAG officer, made even harder by the fact that officials told him he had to lose 60 pounds to qualify. He did it in six months.
It was during JAG training, Glassman says, that he first was approached about the idea of running for the Senate in 2010. A listening tour followed, during which Glassman took only $20 donations for an exploratory committee. In between, he got married.
"What we found is that Arizona is very interested in a U.S. Senator that is focused on Arizona," the candidate told the Huffington Post. "We have a U.S. Senator that has spent the majority of his career running for president and who has spent his most recent time in the Senate stonewalling the president but never really focusing on us."
Parraz has spent his life committed to civic engagement, civil rights and working families.
He was inspired by his father, John Parraz, a Sacramento County Sheriff's Office sergeant, who co-founded an organization to improve recruitment, hiring and retention of Latinos in law enforcement. The Latino Peace Officers Association has since become a national organization with a presence in twenty-five states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Randy learned at a young age the importance of using one's skill, talent, education and energy in service to others. He believes strongly in breaking down barriers and empowering individuals to succeed.
"We need to fundamentally alter the way we think and act as stewards of democracy and caretakers of our human condition."
Randy started his career as a community organizer. His accomplishments have ranged from house meetings in Dallas to solve neighborhood issues, to establishing the National Strawberry Commission for Workers Rights in the fields of California, to organizing Arizona residential construction workers.
Randy moved to Arizona in 2002 as the Arizona State Director for the National AFL-CIO, where he helped initiate and launch a process to lead to the first major restructuring of the labor movement. When he resigned from the AFL-CIO in 2004, he spent the next few years pursuing opportunities in politics, teaching, leadership and organizational development.
He worked in the Arizona housing industry as a political organizer for the Laborers' International Union of North America in the summer of 2007, exposing unfair treatment of workers, shady lending practices and treatment of home buyers by builders and lenders.
Randy and others helped launch the Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability (MCSA) in 2008 to expose the misplaced priorities, abusive practices and ineffective policies of Sheriff Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO).
Born and raised in Sacramento, Randy attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied History and Sociology. He continued his graduate studies and earned a law degree from U.C. Berkeley and a master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Randy currently works as a consultant specializing in organizational change and leadership development. He resides in Scottsdale with his two daughters.
David Fraser Nolan
Nolan hosted the meeting at which the Libertarian Party of the United States was founded in 1971 and then served the organization in a number of roles including National Chair, editor of the party newsletter, chairman of the By-laws Committee, chairman of the Judicial Committee, and Chairman of the Platform Committee.
He is now the Libertarian party candidate for the Arizona Congressional seat.
He is also known as the popularizer and, incorrectly, as the inventor of the Nolan chart which attempts to improve on the simple left versus right political taxonomy by separating the issues of economic freedom and social freedom and presenting them in the format of a plane.
Born in Washington, D.C., Nolan grew up in Maryland. He read science fiction in high school and became a fan of Robert Heinlein, whose libertarianism shaped his own ideology, as did the works of Ayn Rand. He enrolled at MIT, graduating with a B.S. in political science in 1966.
Nolan was a member of Young Americans for Freedom in 1969, when 300 libertarians organized to take control of the organization from conservatives. While sympathizing with the radicals, Nolan remained with the organization. In 2009, David Nolan publicly endorsed the Free State Project.
President Richard Nixon's 1971 imposition of wage and price controls, as well as his closing of the foreign gold window, were the final straws for Nolan and he initiated the Committee to Form a Libertarian Party. The group organized among a number of libertarians, including The Society for Individual Liberty which had been formed by dissident members of Young Americans for Freedom. They officially founded the Libertarian Party on Dec. 11, 1971.
Nolan ran unsuccessfully as a Libertarian in Arizona's 8th congressional district in 2006 and received 1.9 percent of the vote.
Joslyn is the Arizona Green Party candidate for John McCain's U.S. Senate seat.
Recently, he told a Tucson crowd, "Our problems are getting bigger and our politicians are getting smaller. Arizona is suffering through the worst economy since the Great Depression-yet neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have a plan to get the American economy growing again. This isn't the time to engage in the same old charges and counter-charges between the left and the right. It's time to try something new.
He says that he will focus on the big problems of growth, deficits, and America's shrinking middle class. Instead of energizing the base, he'll attempt to bring together Independents, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Greens to send a message to the two major parties in Washington: You both failed and you're both fired.
Read more at www.joslynforsenate.com.