Fri, May 24

Congressional District 1 candidates

The Verde Valley will be represented in Congress from two districts. Sedona, Village of Oak Creek, Lake Montezuma and Camp Verde will join most of north, east rural Arizona in Congressional District 1.

Cottonwood, Verde Village, Jerome will vote in Congressional District 4 along with Gila, Yavapai, Mohave and La Paz Counties.


Wenona Benally Baldenegro



Phone: 520.445.5904

Raised in Kayenta on the Navajo Nation, the Harvard-trained attorney has worked over the last decade with a broad base of advocacy groups, policymakers, and local nonprofit organizations in Arizona and Washington, D.C. to advocate for the interests of rural and main street communities, and to develop and finance small businesses, housing, and construction projects. Baldenegro has served a leadership role in protecting the jobs, health and future of the Grand Canyon area, including the Park's immeasurable natural treasure, its $700 million economy and the drinking water for 26 million Americans

"This is a critical time for Arizona and the nation. Our nation's working people and middle-class families need jobs and are calling for help. Our nation's seniors are under attack by Tea Party extremists' efforts to dismantle Medicare and Social Security. Instead of working to create good jobs and change the failed economic policies that have led us to this current crisis, Rep. Paul Gosar has concerned himself with partisan politics that include slashing funding to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, pushing for uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, and supporting anti-union and anti-worker policies that disadvantage working Arizonans. This is unacceptable," says Benally Baldenegro.

As Congresswoman for Arizona CD1, I will bring jobs to our district, I will strongly support educational opportunities for our children, and I will protect Medicare and Social Security. Furthermore, I will work for solutions that help our working families and local and small business owners in this economic downturn while at the same time, protecting public health and the environment.

Along with Raul Grijalva's endorsement, Benally Baldenegro has recently won the support of a broad slate of state legislators and community, tribal and environmental leaders and Arizona State Representatives. The Progressive Democrats of Northern Arizona and the Progressive Democrats of Arizona have also endorsed Benally Baldenegro's candidacy. She won the surprise endorsement of the United Steelworkers of America, as well as the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees #449 in the district's southern ranks in Pima County.

Ann Kirkpatrick



Phone: 928-774-1440

Ann Kirkpatrick resides in Flagstaff, but her roots are in Eastern Arizona in McNary on the White Mountain Apache Nation. Her father ran a general store and her mother taught school.

Ann graduated from Blue Ridge High School in the White Mountains working her way through the University of Arizona, earning a bachelor's degree and a law degree.

In 1980 Ann became Coconino County's first woman Deputy County Attorney, cracking down on criminals and protecting neighborhoods and families in Northern Arizona. She later served as Sedona's City Attorney.

In November 2004, Ann's was elected her to the Arizona House of Representatives to represent Legislative District 2, including Flagstaff, the Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Navajo, and San Juan Southern Paiute Nations. At the state Capitol, Ann championed fiscal responsibility and quality education.

She resigned from the state House July 24, 2007, to run for the Democratic nomination in Arizona's 1st congressional district. The seat was open after three-term Republican incumbent Rick Renzi announced that he would not seek re-election in the face of a federal indictment on corruption charges. Kirkpatrick won a four-way primary by almost 15 points. Kirkpatrick faced conservative activist Republican Sydney Ann Hay, in the general election. Her victory gave the Democrats a majority of the state's House delegation for the first time in over half a century.

During her 2008-10 term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ann's results stood out in Congress, seeing more of her bills and amendments signed into law than almost any other freshman representative. Ann's hard work created jobs, helped small businesses, hired more border patrol agents, and protected veterans and seniors in Greater Arizona.

Kirkpatrick was defeated for re-election by Republican nominee and dentist Paul Gosar in 2010.


Anthony Prowell



Phone: 520-3982-2409

Born in 1963 at Fort Belvoir, Va. Anthony Prowell has lived in Virginia, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky and Arizona. He graduated from Murray State University in 1985 with a B.S. in Radio and TV production and Minor in Photography.

Attended University of Arizona 1986-1987: World History (32 hours) Teacher Certification-Secondary

University of Phoenix 1991-93: Special Education Certification: LD and EH

During his teaching career in Arizona I have taught in Yuma, Phoenix, Willcox, and Tucson. 

 "In my life I have worked in fast food, at campgrounds, home construction, Circle K, and a call center. "

Married for 20 years with two children.

Prowell teaches at Liberty Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona. Until recently, he's dedicated most of his time to educating special needs students.

The 48-year-old said he's even thinking about switching to the Green Party.


Patrick Gatti

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Phone: 951 897-8377

Patrick Gatti grew up with the support of two loving parents in a family of five, and was always taught that achievement requires hard work and dedication.

In 1977 Patrick started a small business by himself that grew to 15 employees before it was sold in 2003. "I found that you cannot operate a business or a household without a budget.  Then, how is it that a country can be allowed to operate without a budget for any amount of time, let alone three years."

 Patrick wants to strengthen the family values which provided a rich childhood experience. Bold leadership requires unwavering belief in a core set of values.

Goals: Ensure more transparency in government.

Tackle the national debt crisis with common-sense solutions. With a balanced budget: they shouldn't be allowed to spend any more than they receive.

Bail-Outs:  Banks, the auto industry, manufacturing of green products is best left to those who know how to go about evaluating the feasibility of their manufacture.  If industries are in dire position and in need of financial assistance, they should find it if it is warranted in the private market not the government.  The government can offer incentives or tax credits etc. but not bail outs. 

 Health Care:  "After the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 'Obamacare' has been ultimately defined, it will show how very expensive this will be to everyone.  We aren't being offered medical coverage by the government, we're being forced to buy our own medical insurance, whether we want to or not."

Provide an online forum for citizens to voice their concerns; Strengthen families through better education

Make sure every initiative is paid for in full - no new debt.


Gaither Martin



Phone: 928-288-2013

As a fifth generation resident of Arizona's 1st Congressional District, Gaither Martin was born and raised in the White Mountains. He spent his childhood hunting, fishing, and riding horses and was very involved in athletics during high school years. He attended Eastern Arizona College (EAC) on a football scholarship and afterward served a two year service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dallas, Texas.

Gaither attended Brigham Young University (BYU), where he received a BA in History. Gaither worked as an intern in the Washington, D.C., office of then-Arizona 1st Congressional District Congressman J.D. Hayworth.

In early 2004, he was hired by the U.S. Department of Defense to assist in Iraq's reconstruction. Gaither served as the U.S. Baghdad Embassy's Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Planning,

Prior to that, he was the Chief of Staff of the Embassy's Information Management Unit, responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating the results of the U.S. government's multibillion dollar assistance program to Iraq. He also served in State Department's Bureau for Democracy Human Rights and Labor as the advisor on Iraq.

Gaither left the State Department to start his consulting business, Between Two Rivers LLC (BTR). BTR assists outside businesses and investors as they transition into Iraq. Gaither remains passionate about Iraq and realizes the long term relationship between the two countries will be solidified through private enterprise. He recently stepped away from BTR in order to focus on defending issues important to Arizona's 1st Congressional District. Gaither currently resides in Eagar, where he continues to enjoy the beauty of the White Mountains.

Jonathan Paton

Oro Valley

Phone: 520-647-6206

Born in 1971, Jonathan Paton is a former Arizona Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona's 8th District and an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Paton was first elected to southern Arizona's Legislative District 30 as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives in 2004. He won reelection and began his second term in February 2007. The following year he was elected to the Arizona Senate, again representing Legislative District 30. Paton, then, announced he would challenge Democratic U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in 2010 and resigned from the State Senate to focus his efforts on campaigning for Congress, but lost in the 2010 Republican primary.

Born and schooled in Tucson, Jonathan went to Germany as a Rotary Exchange Student. Later he attended the University of Arizona and would spend more years overseas studying in Almaty, Kazakhstan, with the Sister Cities Program, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitaet in Munich as a Rotary Foundation Scholar and in Moscow through a program administered by the University of Arizona.

Paton also interned with the Arizona State Senate in 1995 and graduated from the University of Arizona summa cum laude and with honors in German and Russian.

In 2001, Paton launched a political consulting firm in Tucson working with clients in state and local races as well as on initiative campaigns.

In 1999 Paton enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and served in the Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Huachuca. In late July 2006, Paton announced he was being voluntarily deployed to Iraq receiving international media attention as the only state representative to be reelected while deployed in the CENTCOM theater of operations in 2006.

Paton's campaign stands for creating jobs and rebuilding the economy; stopping government spending; strengthen social security and Medicare, but repeal Obamacare. He promises to utilize American energy and to lower gas prices.

Douglas Wade



Phone: 928-451-5543

Douglas Wade is a 38-year Arizona resident, husband and father of two daughters. He and his wife, Grazina, own a home in Sedona and manage a successful commercial and residential home renovation company, D. Wade Construction, LLC.

The third of five children, Doug was born and raised in Indiana, served in the U.S. Army 10th Special Forces during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. He attended Indiana University and Arizona State University, studying Political Science, Economics, Construction Design and Management. Grazina is the first generation American born of legal Lithuanian immigrants and grew up in Boston.

Doug's volunteer and community services include coaching Little League Baseball and Middle School basketball. He was a volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Verde Valley. Among charitable organizations Doug has assisted Hands across the Border, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, NACOG (Northern Arizona Council of Governments). Doug Wade is also a Precinct Committee Captain, for Yavapai County Republican Party.

Over his career, Doug has managed more than 3,000 employees. His family, friends, and employees, both past and present, regard him as a man of integrity whose love of faith, family, and country are the hallmarks of his character. He is a man of his word, whose organizational management and people skills have vaulted him to business success.

Doug has been watching, listening, and analyzing the national fiscal crisis with the same concerns as most Americans. He is eager to represent Northern and Eastern Arizona not as a career politician, but as an informed citizen with the "know-how" to fix America's problems.

Doug believes in Free Enterprise and the pioneering spirit that has made America great.