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Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama served as a U.S. Senator representing the state of Illinois from January 2005 to November 2008, when he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms repres…

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Mitt Romney

Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and politician. He was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and is a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination. The son of George W. Romney (the former Governor of Michigan) and Lenore LaFount, Mitt Romney was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and later served as a Mormon missionary in France. He married Ann Davies in 1969 and they have five children. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and then earned a joint JD and MBA from Harvard University. Romney entered the management consulting business, which led to a position at Bain & Company. E…

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Democrats

Ann Kirkpatrick

Arizona born and raised, Ann Kirkpatrick's earliest roots are found in Eastern Arizona in McNary on the White Mountain Apache Nation. Her father ran a general store and her mother was a schoolteacher. They taught Ann the value of hard work and giving back to her community. Ann graduated from Blue Ridge High School in the White Mountains and then worked her way through the University of Arizona, earning a bachelor's degree and then a law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. After earning her law degree, Ann served the people of Greater Arizona in a wide variety of positions. First, in 1980, she became Coconino County's first female Deputy County Attorney, cracking dow…

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Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama served as a U.S. Senator representing the state of Illinois from January 2005 to November 2008, when he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms repres…

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Clarence Dupnik

A veteran of over 50 years in local law enforcement, Clarence W. Dupnik has served as the Sheriff of Pima County, Tucson, Arizona, since his appointment in February 1980. County voters endorsed the choice nine months later by electing him to his first four-year term and ratified that decision by re-electing him six additional times. As Sheriff, he oversees a smooth-running department of 1,513 employees and an $118 million budget. The Sheriff is known nationally for his implementation of innovative and effective law enforcement programs throughout his distinguished career. His career highlights of successes has earned his agency's reputation as "one of the nation's finest". Sheriff Du…

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David Joseph

Dave Joseph is a successful small business owner and job creator. Over his long and successful career, he has acquired and run local television stations in Arizona, Missouri and Mississippi. By re-investing and re-focusing resources, Dave was able to skillfully turn around stations on the verge of bankruptcy. The result was more jobs, better pay and benefits for the staff, and a large return for investors. Dave has gained an understanding of working with local government as a consultant with the Regional Transportation Authority of Pima County. By developing ways to enhance their communications and community outreach, he has helped them garner well deserved recognition for delivering…

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Elaine Richardson

Elaine Richardson has had a distinguished career in public office and she desires to continue serving the citizens of Pima County as Pima County Treasurer.  In addition to her career in public office, Elaine has also had a very successful career in the private sector as a small business owner.  This has included commerical as well as residential real estate and finance. There are three very important attributes she brings to this elected position: Progress Integrity Trust

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F. Ann Rodriguez

A Tucson native and graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School, F. Ann Rodriguez was the first ever Hispanic female to be elected to a countywide office in Pima County. In November 2008, Ann was reelected to her fifth term as Recorder, and continues to be the single highest “vote-getter” of all Pima County elected officials. During her administration, Ann has significantly automated and modernized the Pima County Recorder’s office. Archaic manual searches of records from books and microfilm, in place at the start of her tenure in 1993, have been replaced by updated, state-of-the-art computer equipment. Also since taking office, Ann has broadened the exposure to vote…

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Jo Holt

Jo M. Holt is a retired research biochemist who worked at the University of Arizona in the 1980s during which time her son was born at Tucson Medical Center. Her family then moved to St. Louis where she continued her career at Washington University. As a research biochemist, Jo spent decades running research laboratories. In this highly competitive environment, she was required to develop and stick to budgets, sell ideas, solve complex problems, complete projects and deliver results. In 2007, Jo retired to Arizona to be the caregiver for her husband Gary when he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Watching Gary fade away was the hardest thing Jo has ever done. Jo is running f…

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Marcia Busching

Marcia Busching grew up in the Midwest, the eldest of three siblings. From childhood she was taught to keep costs low by conserving electricity, gas, telephone, and water. She continues to be attentive to energy costs and their impact on household finances, and has installed a solar system and other energy efficient devices in her home. She moved to Arizona more than thirty years ago because she found that she loved the people of the State, the entrepreneurial and ‘can-do’ spirit, and felt that it was truly a place with opportunity to grow and prosper. Marcia Busching has dedicated herself to improving the lives of others through community activities, legal representation…

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Mohur Sarah Sidhwa

I have a vision for what Arizona should be, now and in the future.  It's a place where the environment is respected, where innovation and discovery go hand in hand with a sound economy and where high quality science education is the norm.  It is a place where there is security for the most vulnerable.  Arizona should see freedom from government interference on personal and private life decisions such as marriage, family planning, women's health and end of life issues as basic rights. My immediate focus would be the issue of jobs and employment.  We must get our economy growing again, at the same time making sure that we provide adequate funding for our public educ…

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Nancy Young Wright

Nancy Young Wright has extensive experience in the public and community sectors with a strong focus on youth, education, and conservation issues. Young Wright’s priorities for the Supervisor’s race are: • Job creation and economic development. • Restoring our roads and improving our infrastructure. • Promoting strong, responsive law enforcement. • Promoting strong public schools. • Protecting Pima County’s water and natural resources. She served in the Arizona House of Representatives representing Tucson’s Legislative District 26 for three sessions from 2008 through 2010, serving on the Education and the Water and Energy Committees. He…

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Paul Newman

Paul Newman served two terms on the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, three terms in the Arizona House of Representatives representing the people of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties, and is finishing his first term as a Corporation Commissioner serving the state of Arizona. Commissioner Newman is the first Corporation Commissioner in 25 years from southern Arizona. -B.A. in Government and Politics, Minor in History from the University of Maryland -Masters in Judicial Administration and Masters in Public Administration from the University Southern California -Research fellow at USC Law Center -Juris Doctor degree from the California Western School of Law

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Richard Carmona

Born to a poor Hispanic family in New York City, Dr. Richard Carmona experienced homelessness, hunger and bleak prospects for a future education and economic opportunity.  The child of parents who emigrated to the United States and struggled with alcoholism and substance abuse, Rich learned tough early lessons about economic disparities and social injustice – an experience he has never forgotten, and one that has given him an understanding of how culture, health, education and economic status shape our country.Like his siblings and many of his friends, Rich dropped out of high school. With few skills and little education, he enlisted in the Army and went to Vietnam. Milita…

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Ron Barber

I’ve lived here in Southern Arizona most of my life. My roots here are deep and I am dedicated to serving our community. At every turn in my career – whether it was working for over 30 years to look out for people with disabilities, heading up Congresswoman Giffords’ district operations, or running a small business with my wife – I have worked to help solve problems for the people of Southern Arizona. And since being elected to serve Southern Arizona in Congress, I have worked to keep taxes low for middle class families¸ protect Social Security and Medicare, create jobs, support our military families and bases, make sure our veterans get the services the…

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Sandra Kennedy

Commissioner Sandra D. Kennedy: Sandra D. Kennedy was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission on November 4, 2008. Kennedy was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1986 where she served for six years (1986-1992). During this time, she was appointed to the Arizona Employment and Training Council by Governor Rose Mofford and, in 1990, was appointed to the Executive Committee of the State Democratic Party and served for two years. Also, that year, she was elected to serve a four year term on the Phoenix Union High School Governing Board. IN 1992, she was elected State Senator and subsequently served three terms (1992-1998). A graduate from South Mountain High S…

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Steve Farley

Arizona State Representative Steve Farley is a 49-year-old small-business owner, husband of Kelly Paisley and father of Amelia, 17, and Genevieve, 13. Now in his third term at the Capitol, he also serves as the Assistant Minority Leader for the House Democrats in the Arizona Legislature. Steve is working to move Arizona forward, with legislative priorities in the areas of  jobs and economic development, education, senior issues, public safety, transportation choices, sustainable growth, fiscal health, and quality of life. Steve was first elected to represent the citizens of District 28 in the Arizona House of Representatives in November 2006, and has worked to invest in new tech…

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Victoria Steele

Victoria is a moderate Democrat with experience as a business owner, a counselor, a faculty member at the University of Phoenix, and a television and radio news broadcaster. As a former newscaster and reporter, her honed skills as a communicator will create a positive impact in our State House. She will bring back consensus through relationship building. As a business owner, Victoria understands the risks and challenges involved in starting and growing a business. As a counselor in private practice she brings an empathy and understanding of Arizona’s people – their struggles, hopes, and dreams – to the Arizona House of Representatives. She will be the voice for thos…

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Republicans

Adam Kwasman

Adam was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and works as a financial consultant. He earned his master’s degree in Economics from George Mason University, specializing in constitutional economics and economic history. Adam’s understanding of the legislative process and the importance of limited government comes from his time working at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and on Capitol Hill. Adam founded his own economic consulting firm in 2009, advising both private companies and political clients. Adam has served as an assistant to the CEO for the Carondelet Health Network, where he researched and reported on community leadership involvement in h…

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Al Melvin

In 1999, after 30 years of reserve military service, Al retired as a Captain, USNR. One of his last duty assignments was Squadron Commander of MPS 2 at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. He had a parallel 35-year career, including 12 years in the Far East, in international trade and ocean transportation, working for three major steamship corporations. Al's merchant marine career included nine years at sea. He holds an unlimited tonnage Masters license issued by the USCG. Al was an Adjunct Lecturer for the University of Arizona for four years. He also taught at the University of Phoenix and Western International University. He taught courses in international trade, transportation, logi…

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Ally Miller

Ally will work for You, the citizens of Pima County and promises an open door policy with more transparent practices so the taxpayers will know where their money is going.  Ally promises to keep you informed and to work for policies that will put Pima County on the path to success.  Ally believes we need  to Restore Trust in Pima county Government.  Elected officials need to be accountable to the people they work for. 2012 is the year to Vote for change in the direction of Pima county.  We can no longer expect change if we keep electing the same individuals to office.  The political gamesmanship is costing taxpayers millions and it is time to start worki…

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Beth Ford

I am currently serving my third term as Pima County Treasurer. I first took office in January 2001. I earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona with a major in Accounting. In 1988 I became a Certified Public Accountant. I am a member of the Government Finance Officer's Association and the Arizona Association of Governmental Accountants. I have served two terms as President of the Arizona Association of County Treasurers, two terms as Vice-President of the Arizona Association of County Treasurers and also served as their legislative liason. I am also a member of the Arizona State Treasurer's Investment Advisory Board. I received the Special Recognition and Appreciati…

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Bill Beard

Bill is a 4th generation Tucsonan. He graduated from Flowing Wells High School in 1980. He was actively involved in both the Future Farmers of America winning multiple state and national awards for Horticulture and was a proud member of the National FFA Choir. He was also active in many vocal music groups as well winning multiple gold awards for excellence. He attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Agriculture Education and Horticulture in 1984. He was active in multiple choirs. He was very active in the Alpha Tau Alpha fraternity serving as President in his final year. He taught Vocational Agriculture in Maricopa, Az a…

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Bob Stump

Bob Stump was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008. He represented District 9 in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2002-2008. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC), is a regular participant in Harvard Electricity Policy Group seminars, and is an Advisory Council member of the Center for Public Utilities. Bob has also served on the faculty of Law Seminars International. The Arizona Republic has described Bob as "energetic…intelligent, hard-working and effective...a quick study [and] a strong fiscal conservative…a candidate with depth.” The Tucson Citizen has called Bob "an innova…

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Ethan Orr

We live in a beautiful community but the weak economy has made the past few years very difficult for many of our families and residents. I have firsthand experience working on and implementing solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives. I want to take that knowledge and experience to the state legislature and improve our community even more. I was born and raised in Tucson and attended public school in the Amphi School District. My parents were both teachers in TUSD district while I was growing up. I earned my Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. I have worked on economic development for the City of South Tucson, were we ab…

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Jeff Flake

Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Flake (born December 31, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 6th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was featured in the documentary series How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories. Flake is running for a seat in the United States Senate in 2012. - From Wikipedia

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Jonathan Paton

As a lifelong and native Arizonan, I learned the value of hard work from my mom and dad – and a simple truth: Leaders are not kings, leaders are servants. My mom knew this well. She moved to Tuba City as a young woman and worked her way through Grand Canyon College scrubbing bathroom floors and taking care of other people’s children. She spent her life teaching kids in school and raising her children in faith. Following her example, servant leadership is at the heart of everything I do. Growing up, we didn’t always have a lot, but we always had love and faith in our home. My mother was a missionary, and my dad was a choir director before working as a chemist in the …

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Mark Napier

Mark Napier has almost three decades of law enforcement experience. He has extensive senior command and executive level experience. He honorably retired from the Tucson Police Department at the rank of Captain. Mark has effectively managed multi-million dollar budgets, both capital and operational. He has provided stellar leadership to large numbers of law enforcement employees engaged in patrol operations, investigations, training and administration. Mark is a highly educated law enforcement professional and is the recipient of many awards. Education •B.S. Social Psychology - Park University (summa cum laude) •Master's Degree Criminal Justice - Boston University •Seni…

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Martha McSally

Martha E. McSally is a pioneer. She is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history. In 2001-2002, Martha McSally earned national recognition for successfully overturning a military policy requiring all U.S. servicewomen to wear a Muslim Abaya and headscarf when off base in Saudi Arabia. Originally from Rhode Island, Martha retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel in 2010. She has made her home in Tucson for a number of years, first arriving in the Old Pueblo in 1994, the first of her four assignments to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Martha was and is very involved in the Tucson community. She…

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Mitt Romney

Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and politician. He was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and is a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination. The son of George W. Romney (the former Governor of Michigan) and Lenore LaFount, Mitt Romney was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and later served as a Mormon missionary in France. He married Ann Davies in 1969 and they have five children. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and then earned a joint JD and MBA from Harvard University. Romney entered the management consulting business, which led to a position at Bain & Company. E…

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Robert "Bob" Burns

For the past 50 years, Bob Burns has lived in Arizona and played an important role in making Arizona a better place to live, work and play. After serving as an Aviation Electronics Technician in the US Navy, Bob was honorably discharged and in 1962 moved with his wife Gayle to Arizona where he began his career at a division of General Electric which later became part of Honeywell. As a computer programming analyst, Bob was instrumental in writing and installing many computer software systems for plants in the steel, paper, petrochemical, fuel distribution, and electrical generation industries. As a lead programmer, Bob wrote and tested standardized control panel software packages for…

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith was born and raised in Michigan and graduated with honors from Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Marketing along with a Cognate in Business Law.    Upon graduating, Steve co-founded a sports marketing company and ultimately moved to Arizona in 2001 and was the Marketing Director for an international, publicly traded medical device firm.  Upon the sale of that company, Steve subsequently became the Director of a Phoenix-based talent agency, a position he still holds today along with serving in the Senate.    Steve is a strong conservative who stands for the principles o…

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Susan Bitter Smith

Susan Bitter Smith has served as Executive Director of the Arizona-New Mexico Cable Communications Association since 1980. She earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration from Arizona State University and is a Past Chairman of the ASU Alumni Association. In addition, she serves as the Honorary Chair of the ASU MBA Alumni Association, is a Past Chairman of the Walter Cronkite Foundation, Past Chairman of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition, and is the Chairman of the Arizona Competitive Telecommunications Coalition. Susan received her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1987 and is a Past President of the Arizona Society of Associati…

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Tyler Mott

Tyler Mott supports the commonsense conservative values that will help get people in Arizona back to work. The economic downturn has had severe effects on Southern Arizona families. Tyler Mott is running as the Republican nominee for the Arizona State Senate in Legislative District 9 (LD9) in order to help people in the Tucson area overcome our economic recession. Tyler’s wife, Judy, was born at TMC and Tyler has lived in the Tucson area for 28 years. Judy teaches 5th grade and Tyler has worked in the financial sector for the past 7 years. When Tyler Mott decided it was time to do something to help Southern Arizona families, he sat down with Judy and discussed the possibility o…

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Ann Kirkpatrick

Arizona born and raised, Ann Kirkpatrick's earliest roots are …

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Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of t…

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Clarence Dupnik

A veteran of over 50 years in local law enforcement, Clarence …

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David Joseph

Dave Joseph is a successful small business owner and job creat…

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Elaine Richardson

Elaine Richardson has had a distinguished career in public off…

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F. Ann Rodriguez

A Tucson native and graduate of Salpointe Catholic High School…

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Republicans

Adam Kwasman

Adam was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and works as a financial con…

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Al Melvin

In 1999, after 30 years of reserve military service, Al retired as a Cap…

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Ally Miller

Ally will work for You, the citizens of Pima County and promises an open…

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Beth Ford

I am currently serving my third term as Pima County Treasurer. I first t…

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Bill Beard

Bill is a 4th generation Tucsonan. He graduated from Flowing Wells High …

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Bob Stump

Bob Stump was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008. He …

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