Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ScrambleWatch 2010: Welcome to the Octo-Clash!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 8:48 PM

The sleepy forecast for this year’s city election already has people playing political parlor games for 2010.

The best one we’ve heard yet: Eight Democrats are considering a run for the two seats in midtown Tucson’s District 28 now held by Democrats Dave Bradley and Steve Farley. That’s even crazier than last year’s seven-way super-slam in the Democratic primary in Legislative District 29.

Farley, who just started his second term, plans to run for reelection. (And he wants you to know there’s no truth to those scurrilous rumors that he’s planning to move to Phoenix or Washington, D.C.)

But Bradley has hit his four-term limit, so he has to find something else to do next year. And that open seat is igniting fires in the bellies of a whole crew of Democrats.

Besides Farley, here’s the line-up of Democrats we’re hearing about:

• Ted Prezelski, the local blogger who finished fourth in a four-way Democratic primary for a LD28 House seat in 2006. (Prezelski’s brother, Tom, was knocked out of the House in the aforementioned 2008 seven-way super-slam in LD 29, but may be plotting his own political comeback in 2010.)

• Ted Downing, the UA professor who had a LD 28 House seat from 2002 to 2006, when he gave it up to make an ill-fated run for the Senate against fellow Democrat Paula Aboud.

• Bruce Wheeler, the feisty former Tucson City Council member who went out in a blaze of glory in a Democratic mayoral primary. Wheeler still has a taste for politics and may want to return to the Arizona Legislature, where he served when he was just a young pup way back in the 1970s.

• Tim Sultan, who lost a Democratic primary to pick a sacrificial lamb to lose to then-Congressman Jim Kolbe in 2004.

• Mohur Sidhwa, a former chair of LD28 who is now a vice-chair of the Arizona Democratic Party.

• Jim Sinex, a math teacher who is currently collecting signatures for a half-dozen or so initiatives designed to revamp city government.

• Jonathan Rothschild, a local attorney and treasurer for the Pima County Democratic Party.

Let the wild rumpus begin!

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