Arizona has some mighty funny congressional districts and the 1st is no exception. The district contains 5 complete counties (Apache, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, and Yavapai) and parts of 3 others (Coconino, Navajo, and Pinal). That’s 8 out of Arizona’s 15 counties! Not only that, but the 2nd district contains a portion of the 1st district’s territory in a way that can only be explained by referring you to the map . (The hashed areas on the map are Indian reservations.)
Our representative for the last several terms has been Republic Rick Renzi, who has been indicted on a number of fraud charges for a land deal (imagine that happening in Arizona ;-). He did not run again, and the national Democrat congressional committee pumped millions of dollars to this district to run negative ads agains Republican Sydney Hay, who ended up losing handily to Ann Kirkpatrick, a liberal Democrat state lawmaker who masqueraded as a conservative to win in a generally Republican district (55.8%-39.6%)
The following list shows the % of total votes by county and the %margin for Hay (+ means pro-Republican) in the 1st district: Apache 8.7% (-51.4%) Coconino 17.9% (-34.8%) Gila 7.9% (-9.1%) Graham 4.3% (+10.4%) Greenlee 1.0% (-23.1%) Navajo 12.4% (-17.4%) Pinal 13.5% (-22.2%) Yavapai 34.3% (+0.5%)
As you can see, it was a bad cycle for the GOP. In Yavapai county, we generally go around 60-40 for Republican candidates, and that was true for John McCain (61.1-36.8). But Sydney Hay didn’t fare so well. That was probably due to her being outspent probably 8:1.
Yavapai County (Prescott) is very conservative, but Coconino County (Flagstaff) and the reservations are liberal strongholds. Immigration is a big issue here, but so are taxes and the environment. Party organization is pretty conventional, organized by counties with a few additional clubs. I will list below the contact info for what I’ve been able to find for each county in the district and for the state. I don’t know a lot about the financial or organizational state of the party outside of Yavapai County. However, I will be sworn in as a Precinct Committeeperson next month and will be getting more closely involved, so I will report more useful info later.
Coconino County GOP 2101 N 4th St, Flagstaff 86001 928-255-0371 John Echols, Chair
Navajo County GOP 928-537-3084 Tom Ross, Chair
Apache County GOP ?
Gila County GOP 928-476-6560 Charlotte Mortensen, Chair
Greenlee County GOP 928-687-2330 Marshall Hagan, Chair
Pinal County GOP 520-825-4755 Tommy Tucker, Chair
Graham County GOP 928-428-3435 John Rhodes, Chair
Finally, on a personal note, Arizona’s 1st Congressional District is probably one of the most scenic in the nation. Prescott is “Everyone’s Hometown” and “Arizona’s Christmas City” and is surrounded by the world’s largest Ponderosa Pine forest; Flagstaff sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona’s tallest mountains and home of one of Arizona’s premier ski resorts; and the district is home to the Mogollon Rim and much of the Grand Canyon country. We’d love to have you visit or move here (there is much affordable housing on the market right now!).
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