Somebody Wants Jonathan Paton in the Mayor's Race

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It appears someone out there isn’t too excited about Rick Grinnell’s plan to try to become a Republican candidate for mayor as a write-in candidate in the Aug. 30 primary.

Since the two GOP mayoral candidates failed to get enough signatures to make the ballot, the Republican Party is without a candidate this year. If Grinnell can get at least 1,060 write-in votes, his name would appear on the November ballot.

It’s important to the Republican Party to have a mayoral candidate because right now, they only have two candidates running for the City Council in Wards 2 and 4. Unless they get a third candidate into the mix, they’ll be unable to do slate pieces to help Republican Tyler Vogt in his campaign against Democratic Councilwoman Shirley Scott and Republican Jennifer Rawson in her campaign against Democratic Councilman Paul Cunningham.

The Range hears that there’s a robo-poll being done asking Tucson voters about their attitudes regarding Democratic mayoral candidate Jonathan Rothschild.

But here’s where it gets interesting: It’s also asking about what voters think of Republican Jonathan Paton, a former state lawmaker who lost a GOP congressional primary last year to Jesse Kelly, who would go on to lose to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The poll—which was conducted via a recorded voice that asked respondents to press buttons expressing their preferences rather than talk to a live questioner—inquired into the political leanings of respondents, including a question regarding whether they considered themselves Tea Partiers.

It also asked if voters were considering voting for Green Party candidate Mary DeCamp in order to get an idea of what kind of spoiler role a Green could play this year.

Grinnell’s name never came up in the poll.

Paton didn’t return a phone call, but Grinnell said earlier this week that he’d talked Paton before launching his bid and Paton had said he wasn’t interested in getting into the race.

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