We don't get a chance this time to pick a president--did we pick the one we have now?--but there are votes this year for governor, other major state officers and local representatives to the Arizona Legislature and U.S. Congress.
We begin our serious coverage this week with senior writer (and political junkie) Jim Nintzel's take on the governor's race. There are two clear frontrunners, Janet Napolitano among Democrats and Matt Salmon among Republicans. But there's time for one of the other candidates to make their mark with the primary election coming up September 10. Whoever wins, we won't have that red-haired doll Jane Dee Hull to kick around anymore.
The other big race we're watching is Congressional District 7, a new district in the U.S. House of Representatives created by Arizona's growth since the 1990 census. Elaine Richardson and Raúl Grijalva are the frontrunners in that race, though there's a passel of candidates and one might break through to victory in a crowded field. Look for our take on the CD 7 race next month.
We'll also take a look over the next few weeks at candidates for the other statewide offices and state legislature. And we won't forget about the "other" race for Congress, U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe versus sacrificial Democrat Mary Judge Ryan.
To become a truly informed voter, keep it tuned here.