Democrats Hope Primary for Pastor’s Seat Helps Democrats

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Jack Fitzpatrick
Aug. 14, 2014, 7:20 a.m.

Ari­zona Demo­crats say they hope the fierce primary com­pet­i­tion between state Rep. Ruben Gal­lego (D) and Mari­copa County Su­per­visor Mary Rose Wil­cox (D) for re­tir­ing Rep. Ed Pas­tor’s (D) seat draws out more Demo­crats in a dis­trict that gen­er­ally has low turnout. “It’s not go­ing to ma­gic­ally turn the state blue overnight,” said state Demo­crat­ic Party Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or D.J. Quin­lan. “But I think it’s a piece of the puzzle that’s go­ing to lead Ari­zona to be more and more polit­ic­ally com­pet­it­ive.”

A 2003 deal in which Wil­cox pur­chased land from elec­tric util­ity Ari­zona Pub­lic Ser­vice for hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars be­low mar­ket value has come back to haunt her, in­clud­ing in a Gal­lego cam­paign pamph­let. Wil­cox “didn’t dis­close that trans­ac­tion even as she voted as a county su­per­visor on APS-re­lated pro­jects.” (Phoenix New Times)


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