Journalist John Dougherty on his U.S. Senate Run: "Accountability Now"

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Former Tucson City Councilman Rodney Glassman suddenly has a lot of company in his bid to run for U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Freelance journalist John Dougherty, who uncovered former Arizona governor Fife Symington’s financial shenanigans and hammered Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio while he worked at the Phoenix New Times between 1993 and 2006, tells The Range that he’s “seen this cycle with McCain go on for too long. The run to the right and then back to the left, back and dipsi-doodle and spin around. It’s just been ridiculous.”

Campaign theme: Accountability Now.

“That’s what we do in the media, is hold these guys accountable,” he says. “Otherwise, it’s just going to turn into platitudes and BS and not really talking about the situation that we’re facing. We’ve got the police state. We’ve got a militarized border. We’ve got a War on Drugs. We’ve got all of these things that no one is bringing into the debate, and we will.”

Dougherty, who plans a low-budget campaign that leverages

the Internet, is confident he’ll get the necessary 5,100-plus signatures by May 26 with the help of volunteers and paid petition passers.

“We’re going to be on the ballot,” Dougherty says.

Randy Parraz, a political activist and labor organizer, also recently announced he was joining the race.

Parraz says he’s a candidate who is “really strong on the issues and can push a more progressive voice.”

Parraz spent five years in Arizona off and on since 2002 working with labor organizations, which eventually led to clashes with Arpaio. He made headlines after he was arrested during a Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting on charges that didn’t stick.

“I’m a community organizer,” Parraz says. “I can connect with the workers, I can connect with young people, I can connect with Latinos, I can help drive turnout.”

Glassman, who announced today that he’d raised about a half-million dollars for his campaign (including $250,000 of his own money) says he’s not sweating the last-minute competition.

“I’m energized and looking forward to discussing the issues that are facing Arizona, such as the need for a U.S. senator focused on job creation and supporting our educational system,” says Glassman, who points out that he has been endorsed by labor organizations, as well as Congressman Raul Grijalva and dozens of local elected officials.

The little-known Rudy Garcia is also in the Democratic primary.

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