Tuesday, 2 September 2008
John McCain won't want to see one of the districts in his state of Arizona lost to the Democrats, but at the moment that seems a distinct possibility. The seat is Open, Rick Renzi having announced his retirement. Congressman Renzi is only 50, and has served in Congress since 2003. His retirement was prompted by his indictment on 35 counts related to land deals. He has pleaded 'Not guilty', but in August announced that he would not contest this election.
The first district of Arizona covers a huge area - it is larger than 30 of the United States, including Pennsylvania. It covers both sides of the Grand Canyon and its main centres of population are Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona. It has the largest American Indian population of any district in the country. The main industries are Tourism; Agriculture; Timber and Mining.
The primaries for the parties are due to be held today (2nd September). Details of the candidates for the first (and other Arizona districts) can be found at http://www.azsos.gov/election/2008/Primary/ElectionInformation.htm
Local news can be found at http://www.azdailysun.com/elections2008/