Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 16, 1970 · Page 60
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 60

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, August 16, 1970
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ML The Arizona Republic Phoerit, 8m., Aug. 1«, 1970 Pima 'Mod Squad' challenges Demos Southern Ariconfl Bnrean TUCSON — Three conserv- fctlve Democrats are being challenged in the primary election by three liberal-left political aoricef who want more minority benefits in Pima County Districts 10 and 11. Since there are no Republican candidates in either district, winning the primary election is tantamount to a •eat in the legislature. The conservatives, all incumbents, are F. T. "Limie" Gibbings, Etta Mae Hutche- fton and Ethel Maynard. Gibbings, a long-time legislator, is running for re-election to the Senate in District 11. Challenging him is Douglas Risner, 34, a real estate broker and ecology enthu- tiast Mrs. Hutcheson, known as "Ma Hutch" to her associates, and Mrs. Maynard, are campaigning for re-election to their House seats in District 10. They are opposed by Ed- Ward Jackson, 37, a miner and union representative, and Nathaniel Russell, 39, housing executive and president of the Tucson chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. While Mrs. Hutcheson is almost an institution with 17tt yean in the legislature, she, Gibbings and Mrs. Maynard may run into heavy fire from the challengers. The three, nicknamed the "Mod Squad of Pima County," charge that the three incumbents are too elderly, too inflexible and too involved in special interests to adequately represent the two districts. Risner, a Tucson resident 19 years, said the three "are quite old, not really aware of today's problems and do not represent all of their districts as well as they represent special interests." Russell, a Negro, as is Mrs. Maynard, said the average age of the three conservatives Is 69 years. "You wouldn't want to drive a Model A Ford on today's highways while the 1970 models pass you by, would you?" he asked. A former police sergeant with 10 years experience, Russell worked as a real estate broker after he left the Tucson Police Department and for the past 2% years he has been project director for P. B. Development Co., a firm which Thursday won the contract to build 50 units of low income housing in south Tucson. Russell is perhaps the best known of the three newcomers. He is widely known from his years as a policeman, his activisits role with the NAACP and with building low and modest income dwellings for minority members on Tucson's southside. He pioneered the inclusion of black and Mexican-American workers In his construction projects as a condition of contract. The third member of the trio, Jackson, is an employe of Magma Copper Go. in San Manuel and a past president of Local 987, United Steelworkers. He aim is a news director for a Tucson radio station. Russell and Jackson are married with seven and three children, respectively. Risner is divorced. Their platform calls for more equitable taxes "based on the ability of a person to pay," free school textbooks, better housing for migrant and minority families, state equality of school taxes, equal job opportunities, better welfare and medical care for the aged and disabled, air and environmental pollution clean-up, low cost public transportation, a consumer protection agency and tax re- farm for renters. Risner, who led a successful fight against Tucson free- way expansion, said he sees the race as "a test to determine if the Democratic Party can be revitalized by young candidates or is the party going to stick with the old guard and continue to decline." Gibbings is seeking his third term in the Senate. A professor in the University of Arizona department of physical education since 1926, Gibbings has previously served as a Tucson city cduncilman and vice mayor from 1956 to 1961. He served for many years on the Tucson city parks and recreation board and was athletic commissioner for Southern Arizona district high schools from 1948 to 1954. Mrs. Hutcheson was appointed to fill a vacancy in the House in 1953 and has won every election since. She is the widow of a railroad man and mother of Highway Patrol Sgt. Frank Hutcheson. Mrs. Hutcheson has long been a colorful and hardworking member of the House. Mrs. Maynard is a nurse at Safford Elementary School in Tucson. She has been a consistent vote getter in her district. District 10, with a large population of Mexican-Americans and an area that takes in all of the west side of Tucson extending all the way to Ajo, is heavily Democratic. District 11, slightly revised by restricting, has almost as many Republicans as Democrats. It lies east of the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks and is bounded by the Rillito Wash, North First Avenue, Campbell Avenue, Sil- verlake Road and Main Avenue. This takes hi the university and downtown areas. District 10 has four candidates for the two Incumbent House seats of Bernardo M. Cajero and EmmettS. "Bud" Walker. . They are Ernie Soto Navarro, Emilio Carrillo, Leo Sullivan and Rey Robles. Only Carrillo has held political office. He served as state representative from 1959 to 1961. He ran unsuccessfully for Pima County supervisor in 1960 and for the House hi 1962. He is the owner of a cleaning establishment and a member of several fraternal organizations. Robles switched his registration from Republican hi the last election to Democrat. A signpainter, he was an unsuccessful House candidate in 1968. Sullivan and Navarro are making their first race for political office. Cajero, a barber and a 32- year Tucson resident, won election to the House in 1988. Walker, a contractor, Is seeking his seventh term in the House. He has lived in Ajo for 36 years and received his education there. 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