The last couple of days have seen some significant shakeups in the fields of candidates for some of the offices up for election this fall.
...In the new LD25 (East and Central Mesa), Russell Pearce, the recently ousted former senate president, surprised almost no one by announcing that he will run for the Senate again. What did surprise a few people was how quickly Sen. Rich Crandall announced that he would not run (he lives in the new LD25) and threw his support behind newcomer Bob Worsley, a businessman who is highly regarded in Mesa and the Mormon Church.
...In the old CD8/new CD2, Ron Barber announced that he will run for a full term in the new CD2. This came as a bit of a surprise, particularly to the Democrats who cleared the field so he could run to serve out the remainder of Giffords' term in the current CD8. Of the "name" Democrats who were candidates for the new CD2 under the understanding that Barber was just running in CD8 as a sentimental placeholder, State Sen. Paula Aboud and State Rep.Matt Heinz have basically said that they will be staying in, Rep. Steve Farley has already dropped his bid for Congress and will be running for the state senate, and Nan Walden, a former US Senate staffer (and lots of other well-connected things) has announced that she won't be running.
...Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal is reporting that Vernon Parker, a former mayor of Paradise Valley and an also-ran in the 2010 primary in CD3, is going to run in CD9, and that Lisa Borowsky, currently a member of the Scottsdale City Council is looking into the race. Borowsky had been rumored to be interested in a run at the mayor's job in Scottsdale.
Parker won a seat on the PV Town Council last week, but resign to run doesn't apply because I think that positions on the PV council are unpaid.
...Former Scottsdale City Council member and Democrat David Ortega has entered the race for the District 2 seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The "big" name in that race right now is Lester Pearce, currently the embatttled Justice of the Peace for North Mesa and brother to former senator (and always bigoted) Russell Pearce.