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Walden declines Senate run, clearing Dem field for Glassman

Southern Arizona businesswoman and environmental attorney Nan Stockholm Walden announced on April 5 that she has no plans to run for the U.S. Senate, clearing the field for Tucson City Councilman Rodney Glassman.

In a press statement, Walden said she and her husband, Dick, have a number of business and civic obligations which must take precedence over a Senate run. Walden is vice president and general counsel at Farmers Investment Company, which owns the Green Valley Pecan Company in Sahuarita.

“Over the last couple of weeks, Dick and I have received an incredible outpouring of support from political leaders, friends and even strangers across the state and across the country. All have been urging me to run for the United States Senate,” Walden wrote. “However, after thoughtful and prayerful consideration, I have decided that the time is not right to enter this Senate race.”

The end of Walden’s brief flirtation with the race leaves Glassman, the 31-year-old vice mayor of Tucson, as the lone Democratic candidate in the field. Glassman has opened an exploratory committee for the race, but has not yet filed as a candidate. He said would make a final decision on the race after the City Council submits its budget recommendations to the city manager in early April.

Glassman likely will face the winner of the bruising Republican primary between Sen. John McCain and former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

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