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Election 2010

A new Democratic candidate for Senate?

Who will Dems run?

Thursday's Rasumssen poll showing Sen. John McCain leading challenger J.D. Hayworth by seven points has sparked discussion that the incumbent might be more vulnerable than some had assumed.

But who will take on the eventual GOP nominee? Tucson City Councilman Rodney Glassman is still exploring a race, but has yet to formally declare.

Politco names Southern Arizona businesswoman Nan Stockholm Walden as a potential Democratic candidate.


As Sen. John McCain works to beat back a primary challenge from the right, Arizona businesswoman Nan Stockholm Walden is taking a look at entering the Senate race on the Democratic side, according to Democrats in Arizona and in Washington.

Walden, an executive at Farmers Investment Co. who served as a staffer for former Democratic Sens. Bill Bradley and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, could provide her party with a credible, well financed candidate in the event that McCain loses or is severely wounded in his nomination fight with former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Democrats said.

"She could be quite formidable. She has a national network. She's been very plugged in with women donors – particularly, I think, in Senate races," one Arizona Democrat told POLITICO.

Walden owns Green Valley Pecan Co. with her husband, Farmers Investment Co. president Richard Walden. She served as the Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations at the University of Arizona. Walden has served on the boards of several environmental groups, including the Nature Conservancy and the Sonoran Institute.

Along with her experience, Walden has financial resources. Politico reports that she has donated nearly $50,000 to other Democrats since 2002.

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