Tucson City Councilman and Vice Mayor Rodney Glassman announced his resignation from office on April 6 so he could launch his campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Glassman was required to step down under Arizona’s resign-to-run law. The 31-year-old councilman officially filed as a candidate for Sen. John McCain’s seat as well, according to his campaign.
“I spent several months traveling throughout Arizona listening to you. Across Arizona, I heard a single message: Arizona needs a U.S. senator who works for Arizona’s future,” Glassman said in a press release. “We need someone who lives and works in Arizona, someone who loves Arizona, someone who is more concerned with creating jobs in Arizona than clinging to his own job in Washington, D.C.”
Glassman’s road to the Democratic nomination became a bit clearer the previous day, when Sahuarita businesswoman and environmental lawyer Nan Stockholm Walden announced that she would not run. Some Democrats had courted her as a possible candidate over concerns about Glassman’s February decision to suspend his campaign while the City Council resolved its budget problems.
“Over the last couple of weeks, (my husband) Dick and I have received an incredible outpouring of support,” wrote Walden, vice president of the Farmers Investment Company in Sahuarita. “However, after thoughtful and prayerful consideration, I have decided that the time is not right to enter this Senate race.”
Glassman likely will face the winner of the bruising Republican primary between McCain and former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth.