2012 local election coverage

Compiled by Chelo Grubb



Barack Obama


U.S. Senator for Arizona

Jeff Flake


PCC Board of Governors District 3

Sylvia Lee


PCC Board of Governors District 5

Marty Cortez


Pima County Sheriff

Clarence Dupnik


Prop. 204: Failed to make the 1-cent sales tax permanent to aid education funding


Prop. 409: Remains a toss-up. $100 million to repair city roads remains in limbo


Prop 121: Failed to change the way Arizona primaries work





Richard Carmona, unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate, delivers a speech at the Democratic Southern Arizona election night party.

 Bittersweet results for Arizona Dems 


The Democratic Southern Arizona election night party was held at Marriot University Park.

In many ways, this election was reminiscent of 2004, with a charismatic incumbent president despised by the other party pitted against  someone people kept accusing of being out of touch with America.

Of course, there are differences. But, in the end, the results were the same — a close election with a victory for the incumbent.

This time, that meant a victory for the Democrats.


Education, education, education

Education is always at the top of the Democratic Party’s priorities. Throughout the night, speeches at the event mirrored that sentiment, calling it the most important issue of the election.

Later in the night, attendees began mourning the failure of Prop 204, which would have made the 1-cent sales tax permanent.


“We lost less”

The atmosphere was optimistic, despite many local positions going to Republican candidates.  The speeches downplayed the losses by emphasizing  that “we lost less” this time around, showing Arizona becoming more moderate.


U.S. Senate loss

Perhaps the hardest felt loss was for the Senate, where Republican Jeff Flake beat former Surgeon General Richard Carmona. Democrats say it would have changed the face of Arizona.


Don’t stop believing

The crowd’s cheers grew louder with each state Barack Obama collected for his tally of electoral votes, leading into the final crescendo of applause when enough votes had been collected. “Don’t Stop Believing”  by Journey was played when his victory was announced.



At the Republican election party on Nov. 6, attendees cheer as Arizona’s electoral votes go to the Romney/Ryan ticket. Aztec Press photo by Eric Klump.

Local wins, national loss for Pima GOP


The Pima County GOP held celebration at the Sheraton on Grant Road. Bringing in Republicans from around Southern Arizona.

The hot, packed room was filled with excitement, applause and cheers came for speakers like Gabriela Saucedo-Mercer and Martha McSally.


Economy leading issue

The primary issue for this election season was the economy.

“I’m just really anxious, because I really want [Mitt Romney] to win,” Carberry said. “I live on the East Side and on our street there are 20 foreclosures.”


Get out the vote

Conversations throughout the night acknowledged a “divided country” and a tight race.

As the room waited for reults to pour in, Lori Oien who ran the Pima County GOP Victory committee, expressed hops for job growth and economic recovery.

“I’m enthused and optimistic,” Oien said.



“I’m going for Romney,” said Craig Austin, a former Democrat. Even with his new Republican status, Austin  said that if  President Barack Obama was re-elected he would, “buckle up try to move forward…we cant be at each other’s throats constantly.”


Obama victory clears room

Late in the night word spread of an Obama Victory and the room emptied quickly, with a few staying to check local results and talk about what was next.

Local Republican Christi Garner stayed behind, expressing her disappointment with the national results.

“It’s going to be a long four years. I hope it passes quickly,” Garner said.

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