Walden Decides Against Arizona Senate Bid

Posted April 6, 2010 at 10:07am

Attorney and businesswoman Nan Stockholm Walden won’t run for Senate in Arizona, leaving the Democratic field open for Tucson City Councilman Rodney Glassman to challenge either Sen. John McCain (R) or former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R) in November.

After exploring the race over the past several weeks, Walden issued a statement Monday evening announcing she would not run because of personal obligations. She and her husband own the Green Valley Pecan Co. in Sahuarita.

“Over the last couple of weeks, Dick and I have received an incredible outpouring of support from political leaders, friends and even strangers across the state and across the country. All have been urging me to run for the United States Senate,” Walden said. “However, after thoughtful and prayerful consideration, I have decided that the time is not right to enter this Senate race.”

The Arizona Senate race is not high on national Democrats’ list of priorities, but the party began to pay closer attention as a nasty GOP primary between McCain and Hayworth got under way. Walden had met with Democrats in Washington, D.C., and Arizona to discuss the race, and there was hope that with her personal money, networks, and public and private sector experience, she could give a wounded Republican nominee a run for his money in the fall.

It’s unclear whether the national party will opt to play in the race if Glassman is the nominee. The 31-year-old city councilman has yet to declare his candidacy but is expected to do so in the coming weeks.