Arizona's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Arizona's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Ed Pastor Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Arizona will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 28, 2014
August 26, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Arizona is 1 of 22 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered semi-closed. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's primary they will vote in, but voters registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by July 28, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[4]

See also: Arizona elections, 2014

Incumbent: Ed Pastor (D), who was first elected in 1990, announced that he will retire at the end of his term, leaving the seat open.[5]

The 7th District is one of five primarily urban districts centered around Phoenix, Arizona.[6]

Candidates

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Endorsements

Ruben Gallego

Gallego received the endorsement of former congressman Harry Mitchell. Mitchell said, "Since becoming a Marine, Ruben's whole life has been dedicated to public service. At the state legislature, Ruben proved himself to be one of the state's most effective public servants. I have no doubt that he would do the same in Congress."[7]

Gallego also picked up the endorsement of Rep. Raul Grijalva. He said, "I worked with Ed Pastor for many years. He was the best partner I could have asked for in Phoenix, and I couldn’t think of a better candidate to replace him than Ruben Gallego. He’ll be a force for Arizona in Congress and I can’t wait to work with him."[8]

Mary Rose Wilcox

Wilcox received the endorsement of retiring Rep. Ed Pastor.[9]

Wilcox also received the endorsement of EMILY's List.[10]

Issues

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[11] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[12] Ed Pastor voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[14] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Ed Pastor voted for HR 2775.[15]

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Ed Pastor (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Scott Fistler (R write-in) and Joe Cobb (L) in the general election.

U.S. House, Arizona District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Pastor Incumbent 81.7% 104,489
     Libertarian Joe Cobb 18.3% 23,338
Total Votes 127,827
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Raul Grijalva won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ruth McClung (R), Harley Meyer (I) and George Keane (L) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Arizona District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Grijalva incumbent 50.2% 79,935
     Republican Ruth McClung 44.2% 70,385
     Independent Harley Meyer 2.8% 4,506
     Libertarian George Keane 2.7% 4,318
Total Votes 159,144

See also

External links

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Arizona Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration and Education," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Reuters, "Arizona Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor says will retire," February 27, 2014
  6. Arizona Redistricting "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  7. azcentral, "Mitchell endorses Gallego in AZ07," March 11, 2014
  8. Politico, "Raul Grijalva takes sides in Arizona primary," March 19, 2014
  9. KTAR, "Retiring Ed Pastor endorses Mary Rose Wilcox in Arizona congressional race," March 31, 2014
  10. Azcentral, "Gallego tops fundraising in race to replace Rep. Pastor," April 18, 2014
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013