Former Democratic State Chair Don Bivens announced this morning he is dropping out of the Arizona Senate race, leaving former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona unopposed in the primary for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator.
In his press release, Bivens stated:
“The continuing head-to-head competition of our Democratic primary is draining resources that we will need as a Party to win the U.S. Senate race in November. While I am confident we would win this primary, the cost and impact on the Party I’ve spent my life fighting for could diminish our chance to achieve the ultimate goal: winning in November.”
Dr. Richard Carmona released the following statement following Bivens’ announcement:
“Don Bivens is a cornerstone of the Arizona Democratic Party and will remain so for years to come. An agent of change for our state, Don knew how great of an opportunity we have to win this seat and knew that it would take a strong and united effort to do so. He and his team ran a strong race that showed a great deal of respect for the nominating process which in turn has improved our party’s chance of success in November.”
“I thank Don, his family and his campaign team for their selfless service to the party and eagerly anticipate working with them to move Arizona forward. He will be an integral player in any winning strategy and I look forward to working with him in the months ahead.”
Born to a poor Hispanic family in New York City, Dr. Richard Carmona experienced homelessness, hunger and bleak prospects for a future education and economic opportunity. Rich learned tough early lessons about economic disparities and social injustice – an experience he has never forgotten, and one that has given him an understanding of how culture, health, education and economic status shape our country.
Richard Carmona will be an independent voice in the United States Senate, a voice for ALL Arizonans.
UPDATE: This morning VoteVets.org has also endorsed Richard Carmona for the U.S. Senate:
Phoenix, AZ – The largest group of progressive veterans in America, VoteVets.org PAC, is today endorsing Dr. Richard Carmona, a Vietnam Veteran, for Arizona’s open Senate Seat.
“Rich Carmona has an absolutely incredible story – one of the most American stories I’ve seen in politics,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org PAC. “He literally pulled himself up by his bootstraps, gave his all in service to this country in war, and came home to continue to serve the people. He’s a fighter, and exactly the kind of person we need more of in Washington. He will do Arizona proud.”