Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The state's Republican establishment newspaper, The Arizona Republic, today endorsed David Schapira in the CD 9 Democratic primary. I am not sure if that hurts or helps. Schapira stands out in Dem field:
Three of the party's young, bright stars are competing fiercely and, at times, brutally. Each is intelligent, articulate and accomplished. Each has compelling personal stories of perseverance and determination, of American dreams made real.
Andrei Cherny, Kyrsten Sinema and David Schapira are winners by many measures. It's such a shame for the party that two leading lights must lose.
Voters in the Democratic primary, however, can't lose.
[Whaaaa? The state's Republican establishment newspaper is praising Democrats?]
We recommend Schapira, a candidate with the leadership skills and political mooring that Democratic and independent voters may want and a natural affinity for the district, which includes central Phoenix, Tempe and Ahwatukee as well as parts of Mesa, Chandler and Scottsdale.
Schapira, a small-business owner and faculty associate at Arizona State University, has lived his entire life in District 9. He serves a large portion of it passionately and effectively as a school-board member and minority leader in the state Senate.
Schapira, a father of two young children, is genuine, transparent and accessible. What you see is what you get, and it's difficult to not like what you see. His near-centrist politics would translate to pragmatic solutions to issues, particularly in education.
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We recommend the candidate who trails his opponents in campaign money, post-graduate degrees and book authorship, but who shines in honesty, integrity and commitment to the district: David Schapira.
That's a bit of a backhanded endorsement. Praising Democrats is new to them; they just couldn't help themselves.
In the CD 9 Republican primary, The Arizona Republic endorsed Martin Sepulveda as the least offensive among this GOP clown car primary. Sepulveda gets nod in GOP race.