There have been several Democratic candidates throwing their hat in the campaign ring. Jack Jackson, Jr the candidate most likely to win dropped out. His reason? Not raising enough money (see earlier diary by Nonpartisan).
Luckily, Jackson dropping out doesn't disappoint me. I personally know one of the other candidates running. Mike Cacciopoli (pronounced kuh-chop-uh- lee) is one of our local DFAers. Moving to Flagstaff last year, he and his partner showed up at our meetup and immediately fit in with our group. Long discussions over the state of the country and the corrupt Republicans running it led to Mike deciding not to sit back and watch the CD1 race, but to do his best to take down Renzi. He joined the fight.
With Jackson dropping out I hope Mike gets more support from the powers that be, but doubt it. An ex-New Yorker, Mike doesn't fit the usual Arizona suit and tie cowboy style. Of course, every time the state party recruits a candidate that fits the usual style they do poorly. Someone different will do nicely this time.