Today, the Arizona Daily Wildcat student newspaper threw its support behind Jonathan Paton for Arizona’s First District, citing Paton’s work on CPS reform and efforts to increase government transparency. The editorial also noted Kirkpatrick’s ineffectiveness during her previous term in Congress despite Democrats controlling the House, Senate, and Presidency.
The Wildcat is the daily student newspaper of the University of Arizona, the alma mater of both Paton and Kirkpatrick. Paton was the only Republican that the paper endorsed.
Arizona Daily Wildcat: Paton for Congressional District 1
His opponent, Ann Kirkpatrick, has greater recognition and has already served a term from 2008 to 2010. But during that time, Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate, and still proved to be ineffective at offering long-term solutions to control spending.
In 2009, Paton helped push “Kaity’s Law,” an effort that increased protection for domestic violence victims in dating relationships. In 2010, he led a series of hearings into Arizona’s Child Protective Services after the deaths of three children from Tucson, whose parents had been investigated by CPS. Paton offered his voice to victims whose own voices are too often minimized, and he supports greater transparency in government.
The Arizona Newspapers Association has twice given a Freedom of Information Award to Paton, an advocate of open government records.
Though we don’t agree with all of Paton’s political positions, he has proven himself to be a staunch supporter of government transparency. The Daily Wildcat endorses Paton for Congressional District 1.