Ballots set for congessional races involving two large rural districts
The new redistricting lines mean that Verde Valley residents will be voting for one of two Congressional candidates this fall. Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Lake Montezuma and Camp Verde are part of Congressional District 1. The district also includes Flagstaff and Coconino County, Apache, Navajo, Gila, Greenlee, Graham and Pinal Counties.
Meanwhile, Cottonwood, Verde Village, Clarkdale, Cornville and Jerome are now in Congressional District 4, another large rural Congressional District. District 4 also includes Prescott and the balance of Yavapai County, Mohave County, La Paz, part of Yuma County and parts of Gila, Pinal and Maricopa Counties.
Former Congresswoman, Ann Kirkpatrick of Flagstaff, who has been campaigning for two years to reclaim the seat since she was upset by Republican Paul Gosar, is one of two Democrats who qualified by Wednesday's deadline for the 2012 race in District 1.
Another Flagstaff Democrat is also on the ballot, Wenona Banelley Baldenegro
Four Eepublicans and a Libertarian are also listed. The Republicans include two from the eastern communities of the still-massive district, Patrick Gatti of Show Low and Gaither Martin of Eager. Jonathan Paton hails from Oro Valley in the south and Wade Douglas is from Sedona.
The Liberterian candidate Anthony Prowell lives in Tucson.
Congressman Paul Gosar, who felt he no longer would be competitive in the newly drawn District 1, is now one of the Republican candidates running for Congress from District 4. He lists his address now as Florence, rather than Flagstaff.
The GOP slate also includes State Senator Ron Gould of Lake Havasu City, Broadcaster and another State Senator Rick Murphy, also of Lake Havasu City.
Two Democrats are in the fray: Johnnie Robinson of Florence and Mikel Weisser of Golden Valley. Libertarian Joe Pamelia of Prescott rounds out the race for District-4.
The primary election is held Aug. 28 with the general election scheduled Nov. 6.