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by Project to Turn the Red States Blue


Arizona is the second fastest growing state in the country (after Nevada).

The future of politics in Arizona will have a significant impact on the future of both parties. Let's make sure it turns blue and let's start now.

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Jim Pederson



Jim Pederson remains competitive, though strongly challenged in his battle against incumbent Republican John Kyl. The most recently reported poll, the Cronkite-Eight, reports a lead for John Kyl by 46% to Pederson's 36%. Pederson's campaign enjoys significant potential, however, because a) a significant opportunity exists among the 22% of democratic voters currently projected to crossover for the incumbent and b) 18% of those polled were still undecided, almost double the current spread.

This is arguably the most important race in the state.

As the State Party Leader who helped elect Janet Napolitano as Governor (see below; help re-elect her), Jim Pederson knows what he's doing.

From the Phoenix area, Jim is competing in an important metropolitan market in the 2nd fastest growing state in the country (after NV) . With large, exploding hispanic and immigrant communities, its no overstatement to say that AZ will play a large role in determining the future of both parties.

Jim wants to go to DC in order to: Reduce prescription drug costs Refocus the War on Terror on bin laden & al qaeda Address neglected homeland security weak spots Honor veterans with the strong benefits they deserve Re-establish fiscal responsibility in DC Reform Health Care: access to affordable, quality services Protect Seniors from attempts to diminish and expose Medicare and Social Security to risky market forces. Pursue Energy independence Confront global warming and other environmental threats

Change DC: support Jim Pederson.

EDUCATION University of Arizona, BS in political science and MPA in public administration, while working three part-time jobs to pay his tuition. COMMUNITY SERVICE Jim moved to Phoenix in 1967 and began work for the Research and Budget Division for the City of Phoenix. He then took the job as Administrative Assistant to Phoenix Mayor Milt Graham. PRIVATE SECTOR After Mayor Graham left office in 1970, Jim began working in commercial development first for the Grossman Company and then Westcor. Rising to the position of manager for all of Westcor’s shopping centers, Jim decided to branch out on his own and formed the Pederson Group in 1983. His first development was a neighborhood shopping center in Goodyear, AZ in 1986. Since then, the Pederson Group has developed over 25 retail projects throughout the state, creating thousands of jobs and receiving numerous awards for excellence. MORE COMMUNITY SERVICE With his hard work and commitment to Arizona communities, Jim has received numerous awards and distinctions including the Valley Big Brothers Leadership Award, the United Way Gold Award for Outstanding Service, and the City of Hope – Spirit of Life Award. SUCCESSFUL PARTY LEADER In 2001, Jim was elected state chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. He worked tirelessly to help elect Janet Napolitano to the Governor’s seat and bring the kind of leadership that today is making a positive difference in the lives of middle-class Arizonans. He also chaired the Fair Election Campaign, a ballot initiative to bring fairness to the legislative and congressional redistricting process. FAMILY Jim and his wife Roberta have been married for 33 years and currently reside in North Central Phoenix. They have three children, James, Marney and Lindsay.

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Chat Chatterjee



CHAT has been endorsed by The Arizona Republic to win the primary 9/7/06!!!

END GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION: the faith of the people is a sacred trust -- one not to be casually discarded for private advantage. SAVE EDUCATION: Slash administrative costs, Increase teacher salaries, Improve library access and content, Increase access to evolving technologies, Ensure that more education dollars go directly into the classroom REFORM HEALTH CARE: FIGHT to ensure that proper health care and affordable medications are not just a privilege for the few, but a right for all. FIX IMMIGRATION: urge our Government to work with other nations to improve conditions at home. Better economic circumstances will remove the incentive for illegal immigrations. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund must focus its efforts on those who NEED help, not simply on the Administration's political cronies. STRENGHTEN HOMELAND SECURITY: a candidate who will insist on a Homeland Security policy built not on smooth talk and window-dressing, but instead on real and immediate solutions to real problems. RESTORE TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGES: America must be led by visonaries who can not only anticipate technological advances on the horizon, but who have the expertise and the determination to fund, implement, and manage those advances as they come.

Dr. “Chat” Chatterjee moved to Arizona almost nine years ago – to continue a long career in corporate America and university teaching.

An immigrant to the US in the ‘70s, Chat’s life reads like the American Dream. He came to this country with only a few dollars in his pocket -- having been accepted to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee – working his way through school as both a janitor and at a local Burger King. By reason of determination and skill, Chat not only rose through academic ranks as an university professor (he has five degrees, including a Ph.D., from Vanderbilt, and an Executive MBA) but also through corporate ranks too.

Chat has been a senior executive in technology and engineering at both Mutual of Omaha, and Nationwide Insurance. He is a skilled business leader, an eminent technologist, a distinguished professor, and an aerospace engineer. He is multilingual – he speaks five languages fluently. His aerospace career was capped as senior engineer at Arnold Air Force Base's Engineering Development Center (AEDC), Tennessee, where he was accomplished in design, operations, and maintenance. He was the lead engineer designing the operations and maintenance of the Trident Missile System's Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Georgia. For the past 30 years he has also been an adjunct professor in Computer Science, English, Business, and Engineering at the Tennessee State University, Fisk University, The University of Nebraska, Creighton University, The Ohio State University, The University of Cincinnati, and here at the Maricopa County College District. In 2003, in recognition of his lifetime achievement in engineering and technology, he received the Premier 100 CIO and I/T Executive of the Year award from Computerworld Magazine.

Chat’s wide ranging interests include his love for Arizona – from his season tickets to the Arizona Cardinals to his devotion to his students and colleagues at the Arizona college systems. With two adult children who both attended Cactus High School in Glendale, Chat maintains his connection to their high school, rejoicing in their recent achievement as State Champions in football. Over his lifetime he has been a generous contributor of both time and money to various church and educational institutions. He also serves on the Alumni Board of his alma mater – Vanderbilt University. Above all, Chat is passionate about dogs of all breeds – especially his own canine companions at home, and would rescue many more if he had the time, energy, and space!!

Chat is a long time active member of the highly respected fraternity, the Alpha Phi Alpha, and has been involved in minority issues for many decades.

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Herb Paine



The Arizona Republic has endorsed Herb Paine.

Herb Paine is president of Paine Consulting Services, a leading enterprise specializing in business strategy, organization development, and turnaround management for a diverse range of public, private, and nonprofit sector clients.

He grew up in Boston, the cradle of liberty, and attended Boston University, majoring in Government. He received his Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1970, specializing in American Foreign Policy, Soviet Affairs, and International Economics. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he embarked on a career devoted to human services, social justice, and community problem-solving, spending thirteen years with the United Way. Prior to establishing his consulting practice in 1989, Herb was Executive Director of United Way of California and the leading legislative advocate for the nonprofit sector in California.

He made Phoenix his home eight years ago. His wife Debbie is executive director of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Phoenix. His daughter Carli graduated from MIT in 2005 with a Master’s Degree in City Planning.

Herb is known as the go-to guy for organizations in trouble, and he’s exactly the kind of strong leader we need in Washington, D.C. in these challenging times. He is a man of conscience and principle, heart and spirit, who by his life’s commitments to social justice and building strong communities, understands what is at stake in ensuring the preservation of our freedoms and the well-being of this nation and is prepared to fight for the principles and values on which this nation was founded.

He also understands that our nation's and Arizona’s greatest strength is found in the talent and diversity of our people. That is why Herb believes it is so important to invest in health care and in our schools and in small business, and to use our tax dollars responsibly by investing in Arizona and investing in America.

Herb offers the kind of fresh, pragmatic leadership that we desperately need in Washington.

As an active member of his community, a family man, and an entrepreneur, Herb Paine understands the importance of civic engagement and the need for inclusion in addressing and solving community issues. His sense of urgency about threats to the well-being and safety of our society have compelled him to do his part to serve Arizona and the Nation, to speak out on behalf of the people in our community, and to put his energy behind his ideas by running for Congress.

Herb is a strong advocate for using our tax dollars responsibly, to ensure that the legacy of our parents is passed on to our children and grandchildren, that they are endowed with a better, safer, and more prosperous America.

As a candidate for the United States Congress, Herb Paine is fighting for the people of the 3rd Congressional District – from Phoenix to Black Canyon City, from Cave Creek and Carefree to Anthem and Paradise Valley.

We need Herb Paine to represent District 3 in the U.S. Congress.

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Ed Pastor




In the 109th Congress, Ed Pastor has served 14 years in Congress. He represents the Fourth Congressional District of Arizona (a new district that is the result of redistricting). He formerly represented the Second Congressional District.

Currently, he serves on the House Appropriations Committee, and serves on two Subcommittees: the Subcommittee of Energy and Water Development; the Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development the Judiciary and the District of Columbia. Ed also serves on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

In addition, Ed continues serving as one of eight Chief Deputy Whips in the Democratic Leadership, an appointment he received during the 106th Congress. He formerly served on the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, also known as the Ethics Committee, during the 107th Congress.

An Arizona native, Ed Pastor was born in the mining community of Claypool. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry in 1966. He earned his Juris doctorate from ASU in 1974.

Ed was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 1976 and went on to serve three more terms before resigning in May of 1991 to run for Congress. On August 13, Ed became the Democratic nominee from Arizona's Second District, and was elected on September 24. He was sworn into office on October 3, 1991.

Prior to his election as Supervisor, Ed was a member of Governor Raul Castro's staff. He also taught chemistry at North High School, and served as deputy director of the Guadalupe Organization Inc.

Ed is married to Verma Mendez Pastor, an education consultant. The couple has two daughters, Yvonne and Laura, and three grandchildren, Alexis and Francisco, Eduardo.

CURRENT Neighborhood Housing Services of America, Board of Directors National Job Corps Alumni Association, Advisory Board National Student Leadership Foundation, Honorary Advisory Board

PAST National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, President of Board of Directors National Council of La Raza, Board of Directors, Chairman Arizona Joint Partnership Training Council, Board of Directors National Conference of Christians and Jews, Board of Directors ASU Alumni Association, Director at Large ASU Los Diablos Alumni Association, Founding Board Member Friendly House, Board of Directors Chicanos Por La Causa, Board of Directors Kids Voting Arizona, Honorary Board Member Phoenix Economic Growth Corporation, Board of Directors Valley of the Sun United Way, Vice President Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Advisory Member Sun Angel Foundation, Board of Directors

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Harry Mitchell



In what has to be the biggest shock (but not necessarily surprise considering how unpopular J.D. is and how popular Harry is) of the July reporting period, Congressman J.D. Hayworth’s opponent – Harry Mitchell – has outraised him AND every other Arizonan running for the U.S. House! check out my previous post for numbers

From the Mitchell Campaign: U.S. Congressional candidate Harry Mitchell raised $561,654.15 in the second quarter, besting his opponent and giving the Mitchell campaign $666,476.15 total cash on hand.

“There is overwhelming support for a candidate who will put the interests of Arizona ahead of their own political agenda,” said Mitchell.

According to Federal Elections Commission filings, 12-year incumbent U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth raised a total of $525,665.50 in the second quarter.

Mitchell has now raised a total of $774,863.15 through the FEC’s June 30 filing period. Mitchell entered the Congressional race in late March, and raised $213,000 in less than two weeks before the first quarter’s March 31 filing deadline.

Yes folks, no matter what the GOP or J.D. say, this is a real race.

I can’t wait to hear how J.D. or his campaign will respond to being outraised. Probably something about “liberal special interests”, or how the money is clearly coming from “Illegal Immigrants”.


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Raul Grijalva




Raúl M. Grijalva represents the 7th Congressional District of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives. The seventh district encompasses parts of Pima, Maricopa, La Paz, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties, along with all of Yuma County. It is the only district in Congress representing seven separate Native American Tribes. They include the Tohono O'Odham Nation, Colorado River, Ak-Chin, Gila River, Cocopah, Quechan and Pascua Yaqui Tribes.

Raúl serves on the Committee on Education and Workforce, the Committee on Resources and is the chair of the House Democratic Environmental Task Force. He is a leading advocate for working families, defending our environment, preserving Social Security and Medicare, universal health care, protecting our civil liberties, immigration reform and a comprehensive border policy; and increased support for public education, including financial aid for higher education. Raúl was named 2nd vice-chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for the 109th Congress, a distinction uncommon for a 2nd term Member of Congress. In the 109th Congress, Raúl will continue to fight for his constituency. Among the top priorities of the Congress are Social Security, Tax Reform, and Immigration reform.

Raúl was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Raúl served on the Tucson Unified District Governing Board and came to be known for his advocacy of teacher and employee rights, civil rights, and public education. He received many awards for his service. The most significant honor was the naming of an elementary school in his name in 1988. During his tenure as a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Raúl set a tone on many community issues, such as health care, children and families, the environment, and working families.

Raúl and his wife Ramona have been married for over 30 years and they have three daughters; Adelita, Raquel and Marisa. The contributions of the Grijalva family to the betterment and quality of the community are a career and lifelong commitment.

Personal History Born in Tucson, Arizona, February 19, 1948. Married to Ramona F. Grijalva. Together they have three daughters: Adelita, Raquel and Marisa Grijalva. Graduate of Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona, 1967 Graduate of University of Arizona, B.A. Sociology, 1988

Professional History Director of El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 1975-1986 Assistant Dean for Hispanic Student Affairs, University of Arizona, 1987

Community/Political History United States Representative, 2003-Present Pima County Board of Supervisors, Chairman, 2000-2002 Pima County Board of Supervisors, Member, 1989-2000 Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, Member, 1974-1986

Recent Awards

Southern Arizona Red Cross Honorary Chair, 2004 Sunnyside High School Alumni Hall of Fame, 2004 2004 Special Award, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter AZ Credit Union System Award, 2004 Government Leadership Award, League of United Latin American Citizens, 2004 2004 Seres Puentes Award, University of Arizona "In Tune" Award, Carondelet Medical Group, 2004 2003 Farmworker Advocate Award University of Arizona New Start Honoree, 2003 Champion in Diversity Award, AZ Minority Bar Association, 2002 Distinguished Community Service Award, Tucson Minority Business, 2002 Jim Haag Award, Pima County, AZ Interfaith Council, 2002 Public Elected Official of the Year, AZ Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, 2001 Earth Day Hero Award, South Tucson Weed and Seed, 2001 Friends of the Trails Award, Pima Trails Association, 2001 Government Leadership Award, League of United Latin American Citizens, 2001

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