Who are the candidates running in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District?

The northeastern corner of Arizona which largely includes the state’s current 1st Congressional Districtis again considered up for grabs in the next election cycle of 2022.

The final boundaries for the new district won’t be set by the Arizona Independent District Commission for at least several weeks, but the region is expected to retain its traditional political competitiveness.

Arizona has nine congressional districts, and Representative Tom O’Halleran, D-Arizona, is in his third two-year term on Capitol Hill.

District 1 is now largely rural and includes Apache, Coconino, Graham, Greenlee, and Navajo counties, as well as parts of Gila, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai counties.

The Redistribution Commission hopes to complete the mapping by Dec. 22, and the Arizona Secretary of State’s deadline is Jan. 2.

At least for now, here are the top contenders vying for Arizona’s 1st District:


Tom o’halleran

O’Halleran, a relatively moderate Democrat, is the incumbent of the 1st arrondissement. He won his seat in the 2016 election, and won additional terms in 2018 and 2020.

On his campaign website, O’Halleran said he would “continue to work across the aisle to find solutions to the challenges our communities face.”

Tom O'Halleran addresses the Arizona Republic Editorial Board on October 3, 2016.

O’Halleran’s website features a list of campaign issues, including a detailed work plan that highlights issues such as training and education on tribal lands, investing in education, support for community colleges and workforce development.

Other priorities relate to modernizing taxes and giving Americans a “well-deserved raise.” O’Halleran voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. Also included are the fight against the privatization of social security and health insurance, the guarantee of benefits and health care for veterans, and support for immigration reform to secure the border, maintain families together and support the DREAM law.

Prior to his congressional career, O’Halleran served in the Arizona Senate from 2006 to 2009 and the Arizona House of Representatives between 2001 and 2006 as a Republican. He left the GOP in 2014.


Walt blackman

Rep. Walt Blackman, R-Snowflake, speaks on a criminal justice bill aimed at reducing prison recidivism while Rep. Robert Meza, D-Phoenix, listens in the Arizona House of Representatives on the 28th. June 2021.

Walt Blackman sits in the Arizona House of Representatives. Blackman, R-Snowflake, was the first black Republican representative to be elected to the State House.

Blackman’s website includes campaign issues such as border security, improving access to health care for ex-combatants, criminal justice reform to promote successful reintegration of ex-detainees, harshness of China, the protection of the Second Amendment, the restriction of abortion rights and the protection of the integrity of the elections.

Blackman faced backlash earlier this year after sponsoring an unsuccessful “abortion homicide bill” that would have allowed prosecutors to charge women who have abortions and the doctors who perform them. homicide.

Blackman took office in 2019 and his current term ends in 2023. Prior to politics, Blackman served in the United States military for 21 years.

Eli Crane

Veteran and business owner Eli Crane is also aiming to overthrow O’Halleran.

Congressional candidate Eli Crane in a campaign ad announcing in July 2021 that he is running for the Republican nomination in Arizona's 1st Congressional District in 2022.

His campaign website describes Crane as “a faith-driven, pro-life family man, pro-Second Amendment, and unafraid to take a stand against the culture of cancellation and the radical left.”

The race is Crane’s first time seeking public office. Problems listed on his campaign’s website include strengthening border laws and “empowering front-line officers and officers to enforce the laws of Congress and apprehend and remove illegal cross-borderers.”

The other top of Crane problems include strengthening the economy by fighting for lower, lower taxesgrowth-friendly regulations and policies. He wants to make voting more restrictive, in part through stricter identification requirements and limiting postal voting. In addition, it promotes more assistance to veterans and the military, especially for counterintelligence.

Crane served in the US Navy from 2001 to 2014 and started Bottle Breacher, a bottle opener company he says employs and supports veterans.

Other candidates:


Ron watkins made headlines after announcing his candidacy for Congress, after he allegedly authored some QAnon conspiracy posts, but denied the allegations. Watkins’ ties to QAnon surfaced after his bulletin board website became the site of QAnon’s publications. In his campaign announcement video, Watkins says his candidacy for Congress was motivated by the 2020 election. Watkins completed the papers with the Federal Elections Committee but did not launch a campaign website.

John Moore, a “strong constitutional conservative,” according to his campaign website, says he is running for Congress to return political power to the American people. Moore is a retired police chief and the current mayor of Williams in northern Arizona. The top three campaign issues listed on Moore’s campaign website are quality education, border security, and VA reform. Moore has filed documents with the FEC.

Katherine “Kat” Gallant has not held public office before, but has a political history in Mesa. As a former owner of a barber shop, Gallant ran for mayor of Mesa in 1995 but was not elected. In 1997, Gallant made a “freedom hike” across the country to protest a 1996 voter-approved law that banned smoking in most public places in Mesa. Gallant’s campaign website calls for tighter border security policies, tackling electoral corruption and fraud, and holding those responsible in office to account. Gallant has not yet filed a file with the FEC.

Andy Yates is a owner of a small business in Arizona. Some of the issues listed on Yates’ campaign website include resistance to China, border security by completing the wall, and “merit-based” immigration reform, empowering the forces of the United States. order, the defense of the Constitution and deregulation. Yates says he can create “conservative, common-sense solutions” to these problems. Yates has filed documents with the FEC.

Steve Castor formerly served in the US Navy and Army National Guard. According to the Beaver Campaign website, Beaver campaigns on national security, including increasing the defense budget, campaign finance reform, border security, and building a strong community supporting small businesses. and tax cuts. Beaver has yet to complete any papers with the FEC.

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