CD2 GOP candidates square off; Arpaio asked to bow out of Senate race

Nearly 100 people packed American Legion Post 66 in Sahuarita on Thursday to hear two of the four candidates running for the GOP nomination in Congressional District 2.

They also heard from former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was asked by one person in the audience to abandon his bid for U.S. Senate “for the sake of conservatism.”

Brandon Martin of Sierra Vista and Danny “DJ” Morales of Douglas agreed in principle on every issue, from immigration to the national debt, but offered different approaches to address them.

Candidates Casey Welch and Lea Marquez Peterson did not attend Thursday’s event, sponsored by the Republican Club of Green Valley/Sahuarita, and moderated by Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun editor Dan Shearer. The seat is currently held by Rep. Martha McSally, who is running for the Senate.

Martin said his top priorities are border security, national security and federal government overreach, specifically as it relates to the national debt.

He championed President Donald Trump’s efforts to curb regulations and place American interests first.

“Now we’re under attack from the left,” he said.

Morales said his experience in local and regional politics gives him a leg up, as does being born and raised in the district.

“I look forward to representing you, fighting for you, because you are my family,” Morales said.

He was elected to the Douglas City Council in March 2016; six months later he was appointed vice mayor. He resigned in February to focus on the congressional race.

He said he’s ready for Washington and looks forward to fighting for local interests, limiting government and promoting free and fair trade.

Read the entire Green Valley News article here. Originally published on June 7, 2018.

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