Ora Mae Harn, a life-long Republican and “First Lady of Marana,” endorsed Democrat Cheryl Cage over Republican Senator Al Melvin this week in the Legislative District 26 Senate race.
“I met with her and she seemed like a really warm, ambitious lady who maybe didn’t share all my philosophy or anything, but she seemed like she was willing to work,” says the 77-year-old former Marana mayor and council member.
Harn says this is the first time she has ever endorsed a Democrat over a Republican, but says it is not attack on Melvin.
“This is not really against Al (Melvin),” she says. “This is a young, energetic candidate... . I simply was impressed with Cheryl (Cage).”
Harn is the Marana historian and founder of the Marana Heritage Conservancy, whose career in politics and civics earned her a place in the upcoming Marana “Hall of Fame.”
Though parts of Marana are within LD26, most of the town is outside the district. The Ora Mae Harn Park, for example, is just west of I-10, the western boundary of LD26.