Downing Running As Independent?

Is Ted Downing running for the Arizona Senate seat as an Independent?

Downing, a UA anthropology prof who served two terms as a Democrat in the house in midtown District 28, lost a bid for the Senate in 2006 when he challenged Paula Aboud in the Democratic primary.

Downing wants a rematch with Aboud and is now registered as a Democratic candidate with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. He’s been traveling the LD28 Democratic circuit as he gathers signatures for his campaign.

But we’re hearing rumblings that he might instead run with no party affiliation.

We called Downing to find out what he’s up to. He replied via e-mail that he was off on an Avatar-like adventure involving indigenous people in conflict with a mining operation, so he wouldn’t be able to call us back until next week to explain his plans.

But he did give us this cryptic tidbit: “…changing Arizona requires more than changing politicians, it requires the people changing how people are represented. I assure you that this theme will grow louder for the 2012 election. I say this by way of