Monday, 3 November 2014

Some "Toss Up" Races for the House

AZ01 (GOP R+4)

Rep Ann Kirkpatrick [Dem] –In 1980, she became Coconino County's first female deputy county attorney. In 2004, she began teaching business law and ethics at Coconino Community College. Former Member, Arizona House of Representatives. Ranking member of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Vulnerable over Obamacare in a State in which even Democrat legislators are trying to change or dismantle the law.

Andy Tobin [GOP] – AZ House Speaker.

AZ02 (GOP+3)

Contains the SE of the State including roughly 2/3rds of Tuscon

Rep Ron Barber [Dem] - vulnerable over Obamacare in a State in which even Democrat legislators are trying to change or dismantle the law. Owned & operated a small business called Toy Traders/Stork’s Nest, allowing families to trade and buy children’s toys. Worked at AZ Division of Developmental Disabilities for 30 yrs. Worked for Gabby Gifford as her District Director.

Martha McSally [GOP} – Retired Air Force Colonel (first female fighter pilot to fly in combat). Was a national security advisor to Senator Jon Kyl on issues including terrorism, cyber security & missile defense. Served as a Professor of National Security Studies at the George C Marshall Center in Germany. Stood against Ron Barber in 2012.

CA07 (Even)
The district includes suburban Sacramento and much of Sacramento County. This includes Folsom (see Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’), but now an important Intel Campus.
Rep Ami Bera [Dem] – physician, who became Sacramento County’s Chief Medical Officer. He went on to become a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Admissions and Outreach at University of California, Davis . Obamacare was a big issue in the 2010 election in which he lost.
Doug Ose [GOP] – a former Congressman for CA03 who served from 1999-2005, and who chaired a Government Reform sub-committee. He has focused on making Obamacare the centre of the election, though his website is currently stressing the water issue. http://www.dougose.com/
CA52 (Dem+2)
The district covers most of the city of San Diego, running along the coast, taking in many of the Naval installations, ports and beaches. Part of the town of La Jolla to the north is also in the district.
Rep Scott Peters [Dem] – freshman who won after re-districting removed some of the most heavily Republican areas. A lawyer and environmentalist. http://www.scottpeters.com/
Carl DeMaio [GOP] – A businessman with an interest in Government Reform. Like Peters he has served on San Diego Council. http://carldemaio.com/