Posted by: Donna
Sigh. Might as well get this out of the way.
For the record, I got my mail-in ballot over the weekend and yesterday I voted for David Schapira in the CD9 primary. One major reason he’s my preference is that he has lived in the Tempe part of the district his entire life and has put down substantial roots in the community. I’ve lived in Arizona since 1997, and always in what is now CD9. Chandler, Ahwatukee, and now North Phoenix. So I can speak with some personal authority on what makes a politician a good fit for those places. David Schapira fits in well in all them and would be seen as an acceptable choice to moderate and independent voters. It’s noteworthy that both Harry Mitchell and the AZ Republic endorsed Schapira, despite him raising the least money in the Dem field by far.
The other major reason is Schapira’s lack of – shall we say – baggage. David isn’t dragging anything along that makes a general election more challenging than it ought to be against a laughably lame GOP bench in CD9. Finally, since the pitched primary battle is between Cherny and Sinema, Schapira is a safe choice for those of us who just want to win a damn seat in Congress, while keeping the drama to a minimum.
But. Yes, there is a but. It’s crucial to support whoever emerges from this primary because all three are capable, intelligent, and (yes) good Democrats.
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