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Nan Stockholm Walden

Walden won't throw hat into Senate race

Nan Stockholm Walden will not run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Walden opted out of the race Monday afternoon, saying "after thoughtful and prayerful consideration, I have decided that the time is not right to enter this Senate race."

Walden said she "cannot abandon" her commitments to her family business and local initiatives. Walden, with her husband Dick, owns Farmer’s Investment Co. (FICO), a large pecan farm near Sahuarita.

Walden has been involved in planning water sustainability in the Santa Cruz Valley, and opposes the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine.

Her announcement ends speculation that she would enter the race. Walden has reportedly been pressured by national Democratic insiders to jump into the contest. Her absence at Terry Goddard's campaign kickoff in Tucson on Monday had the tongues of local Democratic polticos wagging; the event drew many local party officials and candidates.

City Councilman Rodney Glassman, who has been running an "exploratory campaign" for months, may well declare his Senate candidacy this week. He has scheduled a "Thank You Celebration" in Phoenix on Friday evening, which he said will be held "after I make my decision."

Walden served as a staffer to Democratic Sens. Bill Bradley and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and as Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations at the University of Arizona. She has served on the boards of several environmental groups, including the Nature Conservancy and the Sonoran Institute.

Walden's statement

Over the last couple of weeks, Dick and I have received an incredible outpouring of support from political leaders, friends and even strangers across the state and across the country. All have been urging me to run for the United States Senate.

This expression of confidence has been such a great honor. It says to me that Arizonans want leaders who understand what it takes to run a business, serve their community, steward our natural resources and to hold their state and federal officials accountable. People are weary of the partisan bickering and finger pointing.

They expect our state and federal government to support the small businessmen and women who are the backbone of our economy. They expect our government to balance its budget like families have to balance theirs. But they also expect government to invest in the future through wise support of public education and infrastructure that has enabled generations of hard working people to better themselves and their children in America.

When the average citizen believes that the government is not serving him or her, or that his hard earned tax money is being used irresponsibly, that makes him angry, and I share that anger. However, venting reckless anger without proposing constructive alternatives is dangerous. In the extreme it leads to the collapse of democratic institutions and even revolution and anarchy. Patriotic Americans of all stripes must guard against this kind of irresponsibility. Part of what has made our country great is the vibrant yet respectful exchange of ideas. I am committed to doing my part to ensure that continues.

However, after thoughtful and prayerful consideration, I have decided that the time is not right to enter this Senate race. Dick and I are partners in our family enterprise, and are in the midst of a number of important initiatives for our town, our county and our state. I cannot abandon these obligations to our family, our partners, our 60-year-old farming business, our 250 employees and our Santa Cruz Valley.

I trust and hope that there will be other opportunities for me to be in public service in the future. Meanwhile, Dick and I both will support those public servants that embody the ideals so necessary to lead our country during these challenging times.

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