Televised Debate: Democrats Phil Lopes, Olivia Cajero Bedford and John Kromko

If you missed last night’s Legislative District 27 debate with Democrats Phil Lopes, Olivia Cajero Bedford and John Kromko on KUAT-TV, you can watch it here.


Today’s Political Action: Candidates Square Off in Debates!

Two big events for those of you who are not going to out to Tucson Electric Park for the very last buck-beer night, seeing as how we’ve lost our Triple-A Sidewinders to Reno after this season.

The Democratic candidates in Legislative District 27—Reps. Phil Lopes and Olivia Cajero Bedford and challenger John Kromko—will meet on KUAT-TV’s Arizona Illustrated at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 6. Moderators will be Arizona Illustrated anchor Bill Buckmaster and Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel. The program repeats at 12:30 and 5:30 a.m. Friday, July 25.

If you’re craving live action, you can catch the four GOP candidates running for two House seats in Legislative District 30—Sharon Collins, Frank Antenori, Doug Sposito and David Gowan—at a Clean Elections debate at 7 p.m. at the PCC District Office, 4905 E. Broadway.

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.