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Election 2010

Freelance reporter John Dougherty seeks U.S. Senate seat

Ex-New Times staffer jumps into race for Democratic nomination

The Phoenix New Times reports that a former staffer, John Dougherty, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate.

Dougherty, a reporter who has freelanced for the New York Times and others since leaving the Valley tabloid in 2006, will join Rodney Glassman and Randy Parraz in seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat now held by John McCain.

Says the New Times:

"This will be a great exercise in the regular folks standing up and saying, `Enough of this bullshit,'" Dougherty says. "We're going to try to make the debate more than just about rounding up people and tossing them back across the border and thinking that will solve everything, including our economic crisis."

For more than two decades, Dougherty expose the misdeeds of those in power -- including the infamous Keating 5 (of which Senator John McCain was a `member'), J. Fife Symington III (then the governor of Arizona), Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

And:

To be sure, Dougherty faces an uphill struggle, first to win the Democratic nomination against two challengers (if he collects enough signatures to get on the ballot), and then to best the winner of the nationally watched Republican primary battle between incumbent John McCain and J.D. Hayworth.

"It's totally grassroots, totally seat-of-the-pants," Dougherty says of his quest, which he likens to the New Rebel Alliance of Star Wars fame taking on Darth Vader and company. "I want people to have fun with this and to have a serious opportunity to listen to what we have to say."

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Dougherty says he has enough money committed to him from unnamed benefactors to "get through this first hurdle," which is to qualify for the ballot for the late-August primary election.

After months of rumblings amongst party insiders that Glassman was taking to long to formally declare (Democratic insiders briefly pushed Southern Arizonan Nan Stockholm Walden to run before Glassman jumped in at the beginning of April), this makes two more candidates this week seeking the primary nod.

Labor activist Randy Parraz announced his candidacy earlier this week. Rudy Garcia is also collecting signatures to appear on the ballot of the Aug. 24 primary.

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