ScrambleWatch Smackdown: Clean Elex Debates

Mark your calendars: The Clean Elections Commission has announced the upcoming dates for the primary election debates!

Up first in Southern Arizona is the GOP battle everyone will be watching: Al Melvin vs. Pete Hershberger in Legislative District 26. The forum will also feature GOP House candidates Trent Humphries, Vic Williams and Marilyn Zerull. The bell goes off at 6 p.m. July 2 at Nanini Branch Tucson Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road.

Democrat John Kromko will make his case against incumbents Phil Lopes and Olivia Cajero Bedford in LD27 at 6 p.m. July 10 at the Pima Community College District Office, 4905 E Broadway.

The Democratic candidates in the LD29 seven-way super-slam will thrash it out at 6 p.m. July 17 at the PCC District Office, 4905 E Broadway.

And finally, the four GOP candidates running for two House seats in LD30–Sharon Collins, Frank Antenori, Doug Sposito and David Gowan–are scheduled to duel it out at 6 p.m. July 24 at the PCC District Office, 4905 E Broadway. At a debate two years ago, Gowan accused Rep. Marian McClure of being “pro-sodomy,” so that’s one to watch for sure!

Here’s a full list of upcoming debates.

It’s Not Easy Being Green

John Kromko’s decision to take on state Reps. Phil Lopes and Olivia Cajero Bedford in the Legislative District 27 Democratic primary means the wily ol’ former lawmaker has had to split with the Pima County Green Party.

Last year, when he flirted with a mayoral campaign on the Green ticket, Kromko changed his party registration, much to the delight of Green Party activists.

Dave Ewoldt, a member of the Greens’ steering committee who was running Dave Croteau’s mayoral campaign, sent out a dispatch in which he quoted himself as saying: “Kromko’s decision to go Green provides a shining example not just for other Democrats, but for Republicans and Independents as well.”

But as special as the moment was for Ewoldt, it appears to have been nothing but a fling to Kromko, who has apparently realized the downside of running as a Green: You don’t win elections.