Tuesday, June 5, 2012

US Congressional District 9 Candidates Debate

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Including the CD9 Congressional race debate.  There are a lot of people running.

The Democrats have three:
  • Krysten Sinema, whose been in the state legislature since 2002.
  • David Schapira, who is the current Democratic leader in the Arizona State Senate and represents my state legislative district currently.
  • Andrei Cherny, who lost his bid for state treasurer, but has been a White House aide and advisor to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
The Republicans have seven:
  • Lisa Browsky, a member of the Scottsdale City Council
  • Travis Grantham, small businessman and Arizona Air National Guard captain.
  • Jeff Thompson, small businessman
  • Vernon Parker, former mayor and member of Paradise Valley Town Council.
  • Wendy Rogers, retired Air Force pilot and businesswoman
  • Leah Campos Schandlbauer, a former operations officer for the CIA
  • Martin Sepulveda, a former member of the Chandler City Council
 It's a long debate and I haven't listened to the whole thing, but a couple of high level points.  I don't see a lot of ideological differences between individual members running within the Republican party, nor between individuals running within the Democratic party.  There are obvious differences between the two parties.  Since I need to first decide which Democrat to vote for in the primary, this debate wasn't extremely helpful in this regard.

One thing I noticed is the Republicans seem, on average, a lot angrier.  I plan on taking in the debate in segments, and perhaps have a few follow up blogs on it. 

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