The home-grown Grijalva has worked to protect our public lands, environment, Indian tribes and even black bears.
U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva well deserves to be re-elected to a fourth term in Congress, where his hard work, deep knowledge and sound judgment have served constituents well.
Grijalva, a Democrat, is well known for his keen attention to early childhood and public education, conservation of natural resources and our nation’s wild places, as well as his appreciation of our military and desire for an end to the war in Iraq.
His dedication to southern Arizona is irrefutable and is reflected in the considerable constituent service his office provides.
That’s especially important, given that his Congressional District 7 covers more territory than New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, Delaware and Rhode Island combined, stretching from Avondale to Nogales and encompassing much of Tucson.
Grijalva again faces campaign challengers this year, but neither poses any serious threat.
Perennial candidate Joseph Sweeney again is running as a Republican, no point of pride for the GOP.
Sweeney – who unashamedly spews racist and anti-gay rhetoric – also has run as a Democrat and as a New Alliance Party candidate during his repeated losing bids for Congress dating back to 1984.
Also in the race is a first-time candidate, Arizona City Libertarian Raymond Petrulsky, who runs a call center that conducts political polls.
Petrulsky wants to double the Border Patrol and let private contractors work to secure the border. In Iraq, he wants to start immediate troop withdrawals, “then claim victory.”
His lack of political experience would not serve District 7 well.
Neither would Sweeney’s bizarre and often incomprehensible rants.
District 7 is fortunate to have the Tucson-born Grijalva, who learned local issues the hard way.
Grijalva worked from 1974 to 1986 as an unpaid member of the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, then served on the Pima County Board of Supervisors from 1988 until he went to Congress in 2002.
In Congress, he was named chairman of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee, an important position for this public servant who has worked to preserve Tumacacori Highlands and pristine areas around the Grand Canyon, to name a few, while also fighting for more appropriate funding for national parks.
The Tucson Citizen endorses Democratic U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva for re-election in Congressional District 7.