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Arizona, Elections, Politics

Baldenegro drops out of race

Posted: May 13, 2012 at 9:55 am   /   by

But not the Baldenegro you might think:

Sal Baldenegro is quitting the legislative race in the South Side LD2, he announced Friday afternoon. Baldenegro said he was ending his run for the state House to focus on his wife’s CD1 congressional campaign.

“I have made the decision to leave in order to focus, 100%, on my wife Wenona Benally Baldenegro’s historic congressional run,” he said in an email. [ . . . ]

Wenona Benally Baldenegro faces former U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in the August primary in the 1st Congressional District, which stretches from Flagstaff down the eastern edge of Arizona to Oro Valley.

She would be the first Native American woman in Congress if she is elected.

Kirkpatrick may have a leg up to win the primary over Wenona Benally Baldenegro, a the Democratic Party machine is dumping tons of money into Kirkpatrick’s campaign. Of course, the first district does include a fair amount of Reservation territory, and if there is heavy turnout among the Navajo, Hopi, and others, it might impact the race. Gosar, the Republican who currently represents the district, has a decent relationship with the local tribes, and defeated Kirkpatrick for the seat in 2010.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook