Paton to seek CD1 seat in Congress

| January 25 2012
Christopher Cook

From the Tucson Sentinel:

Tucson Republican Jonathan Paton will run for Congress in Arizona’s sprawling new First Congressional District, which runs from Oro Valley to the Utah border.

Paton had been touted by some in the GOP as a replacement for the retiring U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, or as a challenger for her fellow Democrat Raúl Grijalva. But he decided not to run in the special election to succeed Giffords, in the race to fill the new CD2 that generally overlaps Giffords’ CD8 nor challenge Grijalva in the new CD1.

The former state legislator will possibly face former state Rep. Bill Konopnicki and ex-Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce in the Republican primary.

On the Democratic side, former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is seeking the nomination in CD1, as is Wenona Benally Baldenegro.

Paton is a strong candidate running in a district the Democrats definitely want to reclaim. Seems like good news for the GOP.