Jabs aside, Téran mobilizing community support in hopes of ousting Meza

Posted on August 18th, by Evan in Politics. Comments Off on Jabs aside, Téran mobilizing community support in hopes of ousting Meza

Sen. Robert Meza and challenger Raquel Téran (Photos by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Like a summer monsoon that barely whispers a warning before unleashing a downpour, the fight over the solidly Democratic, though culturally diverse, Legislative District 30 has erupted in recent weeks.

Fierce back-and-forth attacks between Democratic Sen. Robert Meza and his challenger, longtime Hispanic-community activist Raquel Téran, both Phoenix residents, have become a weekly occurrence and range from petty to severe.

Meza claims Téran has been illegally coordinating with unions, the Democratic Party and outside political groups, and even says one of her volunteers raised Meza’s sexuality while canvassing, which Meza said is completely inappropriate. Meza is openly gay.

Meanwhile Téran says Meza has harassed her volunteers. One Democratic activist, who doesn’t live in LD30 and who said she is not connected to Téran but prefers her in the race, has requested a probe into whether Meza has been illegally pocketing campaign cash over the past several years.

The candidate who wins the Aug. 28 primary will take the seat. No Republican is running for either the state Senate or House in LD30, which includes parts of west and central Phoenix and the southeast corner of Glendale.

Sen. Robert Meza briefs his campaign volunteers before heading into central Phoenix to canvass. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

But partisans, activists and the candidates themselves agree that underneath the accusations, the LD30 fight is emblematic of how Democratic politics in Arizona is shifting.

Read the full article at AzCapitolTimes.com

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