A month ago, it looked like the District 9 races would be snoozers. Rep. Steve Farley was set to run against former Rep. Dave Bradley for state senate might provide a hint of excitement, but the house race only consisted of two declared candidates for two seats: 2010 candidate Mohur Sidhwa and former KOLD reporter Victoria Steele. The general election was looking to be even more sonambulant. Republican incumbent Terri Proud would rather not run in a race where she needs to talk to mid-town Democrats and has indicated she isn’t going to run.
The Democratic House primary looks to become a bit of a contest, however. U of A professor Todd Camenisch has looked seriously at the race. Camenisch made a run against Sen. Frank Antenori in the old 30, but registration advantage and a poor Democratic year meant he barely got 40% of the vote. Despite this, the Catalina Foothills school board member is looked at as a rising star in the party.
Enter another rising star: Brandon Patrick, recently hired on for Councilman Paul Cunningham’s staff, has been making calls exploring a possible run. Patrick’s first foray into Southern Arizona politics was his work against the police association backed Prop. 200, which polled well at first and in the end went down in flames.
The question becomes whether Patrick’s behind the scenes work for campaigns holds more sway with interests like labor unions than whatever cred Camenisch has build up as a school board member and the guy that took on Antenori.
Oh, add to that another piece of fun: what happens should Farley or Paula Aboud resign their seats to make a run either in the special election or the new CD 2?