Jonathan Paton

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Jonathan Paton
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Arizona, District 1
Prior offices
Arizona State Senate
Arizona House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Campaign website
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Jonathan Paton was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Arizona. He was a member of the Arizona State Senate, representing the 30th District, from 2008 until his resignation on February 22, 2010. Paton resigned in order to run for U.S. Congress.[1]

Paton earned his BA in German/Russian at the University of Arizona in 1996. He went on to attend the Graduate Program in German at the University of Arizona. Paton then attended the Total Army Instructor Training in 2000 as well as the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course in 2006.

After earning his degree, Paton worked as a German instructor in the United States Army Reserve, German G.A.T., at the University of Arizona from 1998 to 2000. He also worked for the Tucson Unified School District during this time. Paton has served in the United States Army Reserves as a first Lieutenant since 1998.

In 2000 Paton became the Vice President/President of Paton and Associates Consulting. He then became Vice President of P. Drachman Commercial, Incorporated in 2001.

Paton served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2004 to 2008.

Committee memberships

Before his resignation, Paton served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Paton's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Create Jobs & Rebuild the Economy
Excerpt: "The economic recession has affected all of us, including my family. And while we all hope that the economy get better, it seems that everything Washington does only seems to make things worse."
  • Stop the Government Spending Addiction
Excerpt: "Government is spending more money than it takes in. I believe in cutting, capping and balancing our federal budget. That’s why I support a balanced budget amendment to prevent the spending addiction we’ve seen in Washington."
  • Utilize American Energy & Lower Gas Prices
Excerpt: "Energy and gasoline costs are skyrocketing, and we are all feeling the impact. America has untapped energy supplies, including right here in Arizona. We need an all-of-the-above energy policy that reduces the regulations and red tape that are preventing Arizona from using our own resources."
  • Repeal Obamacare
Excerpt: "ObamaCare is a giant weight that is preventing businesses large and small from creating jobs. We must repeal ObamaCare and stop its implementation. ObamaCare is an enormous cost that our country cannot afford and it risks diminishing the quality of health care we receive in this country."
  • Secure the Border
Excerpt: "We must secure the border and stop the vicious drug cartels from making further inroads into Arizona. Something is seriously wrong when signs must be posted telling visitors to stay away from national parks due to drug cartel activity — and yet the federal government does nothing about it."



See also: Arizona's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Paton ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 1st District. He defeated Gaither Martin, Patrick Gatti, and Douglas Wade in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He was defeated by Ann Kirkpatrick (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained a Libertarian candidate who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Kim Allen took in over 6,500 more votes than the number that separated Kirkpatrick and Paton.[6]

U.S. House, Arizona District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Kirkpatrick 48.8% 122,774
     Republican Jonathon Paton 45.1% 113,594
     Libertarian Kim Allen 6.1% 15,227
Total Votes 251,595
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Paton's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Paton did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Paton's campaign committee raised a total of $1,477,836 and spent $1,489,294.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arizona State Senate District 30
2008-February 22, 2010
Succeeded by
Frank Antenori