Arizona Democrats will see U.S. Senate challenger Mark Kelly unopposed on their primary ballot for Aug. 4. Republican incumbent Sen. Martha McSally is being challenged by Daniel McCarthy. While he has some strong conservative views that many Arizonans could support, he has little chance against McSally or Kelly, for that matter, should he win the primary. This seat is crucial for Republicans in holding the Senate, and the consequences of not doing so could be far-reaching (see editorial below). McSally should be the Republicans’ choice.
In the 1st Congressional District, which includes much of Pinal County, incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran of Sedona is being challenged in the primary by Eva Putzova of Flagstaff. O’Halleran has worked hard to represent his huge district and leans toward the moderate side, although he voted for the partisan impeachment of President Trump, which went nowhere. Meanwhile, Putzova embraces many progressive ideas, some of which certainly will advance if the Democrats are able to take both branches of Congress and the White House in November. These include Medicare and free college for all, the Green New Deal and strong limits on the president’s ability to engage foreign powers. This would be unaffordable and generally not what people of rural Arizona want. O’Halleran should be renominated.
On the Republican side, farmer and attorney Tiffany Shedd of Eloy is running again after losing in the primary two years ago. The other Republican running is attorney Nolan Reidhead of Oro Valley, who has roots in the White Mountains, also in CD1. Both of them are good candidates who would represent their constituents well. Shedd has the advantage of having run for the seat before and is considered to be the frontrunner, although Reidhead, as a new face, may have a better chance at unseating O’Halleran in the Democratic-leaning district.
In the 4th District, which includes Florence and northern Pinal County, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Prescott is challenged in the primary by Anne Marie Ward of Prescott. The Democratic candidates are Delina DiSanto of Cave Creek and Stuart Starky of Phoenix. Gosar is sometimes quirky, but he generally has been a good fit for this very conservative district after earlier serving in the 1st District beginning in 2011.