|Mary Rose Wilcox, center, with supporters.|
Comprehensive immigration reform dominated the candidate forum at South Mountain Community College last week — and no wonder, considering that voters in in Arizona’s Seventh Congressional District are overwhelmingly Democratic Latinos. And here’s a shocker: All of the candidates at the forum — a politician, a preacher, an attorney and a teacher — support immigration reform that includes halting deportations and a path to citizenship.
But when it comes to legalizing pot in Arizona, only Mary Rose Wilcox, former Maricopa County Supervisor, voices her opposition to doing so.
Reverend Jarrett Maupin, Randy Camacho, a teacher, and Attorney Jose Penalosa, an Independent, share essentially the same talking points on the economy, on the Veterans Administration’s failures, and education. (Ruben Gallego, another CD7 candidate, was on a plane heading back from meetings and fundraisers in Washington, D.C. and missed the forum, which was co-moderated by Mary Robago, a former Univision anchor, and Joe Garcia, of Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center at Arizona State University. The forum was organized by the Raul H. Castro Institute of Phoenix College and One Arizona, a non-partisan partnership dedicated to voter registration.
Read more over at the Phoenix New Times.