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Rodney, meet Randy

Dem's Senate race has new candidate: Randy Parraz

Civil rights advocate and union organizer Randy Parraz has decided to offer Rodney Glassman some competition in the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

Parraz announced his candidacy Monday.

Arizona's new strict anti-illegal immigration law drove Parraz's decision, spokeswoman Christina Martinez told Politico:

"This was the straw that broke the camel's back," she said. "For many of us, our spirit has become broken. People don't have the will to take the lead and challenge these folks, so we're relying on Randy to do it."

Martinez added that Parraz didn't believe Glassman had done enough to help fight the new law: "We appreciate what Rodney Glassman is trying to do, but Randy's been in the trenches longer fighting for our interests."

Parraz's website lays out his campaign themes:

If you are fed up with career politicians who do more for Wall Street than Main Street and you want someone who will reign in corporate welfare ... then act now and stand with me.

If you are one of the over 300,000 Arizonans out of work and want someone who has fought for workers and their families for over 10 years to represent you ... then act now and stand with me.

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If you are someone tired of the politics of fear and hate when it comes to fixing a broken immigration system ... then act now and stand with me.

If you believe that all children are entitled to the best public education system in the country ... then act now and stand with me.

If you are one of the thousands of Arizonans who have lost your home or, whose nest egg has been eliminated and retirement postponed and you want someone who will work tirelessly to make sure this financial crisis never occurs again ... then act now and stand with me.

If you believe that all Arizonans deserve affordable health care and want someone who will fight against radical attempts to repeal health care reform ... then act now and stand with me.

Parraz has worked as an organizer for the Laborers’ International Union of North America and the Arizona State Director for the AFL-CIO.

He has been a vocal critic of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Scottsdale resident, born and raised in Sacramento, earned a law degree at UC-Berkeley and a master's in public administration from Harvard.

Also seeking the Democratic nomination is Rudy Garcia, the Arizona-born former mayor of Bell Gardens, Calif., who has run a quiet campaign.

Incumbent John McCain is locked in a tight Republican primary fight with former Congressman and talk radio host J.D. Hayworth.

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