District 9 race: 3 Democrats in heated primary

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Former Clinton aide, 2 former legislators seek primary nomination

By Rebekah L. Sanders

The Arizona Republic

Democratic candidates in District 9 – From left- David Schapira, Kyrsten Sinema, Andrei Cherny / Photo by Tracy Greer – KJZZ

This story has been updated to clarify that in his 2000 book, Andrei Cherny advocated a Social Security reform plan that would have given Americans a “guaranteed minimum Social Security benefit, come what may.” His plan also would have let people “choose to invest a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes as they see fit.”

Three of Arizona’s rising Democrats — Andrei Cherny, David Schapira, and Kyrsten Sinema — are pitted against one another in the race for Congress in District 9.

The former state party chair and two experienced state legislators were drawn by a rare political opportunity: an open seat that Democrats have a shot at winning.

The district, a toss-up with no incumbent running, was added during recent redistricting to reflect Arizona’s population growth. Slightly more Republican voters than Democrats live in the district, which includes parts of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler and Mesa. But the voters bucked the statewide trend in 2008 to support President Barack Obama.

As the Aug. 28 primary approaches, the contest has grown increasingly heated.

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