SALLY ANN GONZALES
ALTHOUGH EVERYONE expected Rep. Carmen Cajero to call it quits this year, the surprise retirement of Rep. Phil Hubbard after he'd already qualified for the ballot leaves the race for south-central District 10 wide open.
At age 28, Ramon Valadez is already a political veteran. He's worked for U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini, U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor and gubernatorial candidate Eddie Basha. He's currently working in the office of Pima County Supervisor Dan Eckstrom. He identifies himself as a pro-choice candidate who will focus on education issues at the Legislature.
Betty Liggins, a nurse and Democratic Party activist, is making her third run at the District 10 House seat.
Marilyn Venne, who has been involved in the Democratic Party, says she'll focus on legislation strengthening families.
Sally Ann Gonzales has been active with the Pascua Yaqui tribe.
The candidates face one extra hurdle: Hubbard decided to drop out of the race after filing enough signatures to get his name on the ballot and he has no plans to ask that his name be stricken. He may draw more votes than some the people who are actually running for the office.
The two winners of the primary will face Republican Bob Motta in the November general election. A former police officer, the pro-life Motta believes in safeguarding the right to bear arms. Given that 60 percent of the registered voters in District 10 are Democratic and only 23 percent identify themselves as Republicans, Motta is little more than the GOP's sacrificial lamb.
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